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Hopefully someone who uses Firefox on a personal desktop computer that is not connected to a network can answer this question:

In Internet Explorer, I know that unchecking 'the Automatically Detect Settings' option in the LAN settings under the Connections tab allows webpages to load faster.

In Firefox, there are four Internet Setting Configurations: 'No Proxy,' 'Auto Detect Proxy Settings For This Network,' 'Use System Proxy Settings,' and 'Manual Proxy Configuration,' 'Auto-Detect' being the default option.

1. Which of these four settings allows webpages to load as quickly as they would in IE by unchecking 'the Automatically Detect Settings' option and what is the order of the other three configurations from 'fastest' to slowest?'

2. Under 'Cached Web Content,' should the 'Override Automatic Cache Management' option be checked? If so, how many MB should the cache be limited to? Right now, the option is unchecked and set to 350MB.

Some webpages are loading slowly so perhaps the above settings need to be changed.

Also, is there an 'Email Notification' option at the top/bottom of each thread created so that I know when someone has responded?

-Much appreciated.

Hopefully someone who uses Firefox on a personal desktop computer that is not connected to a network can answer this question: In Internet Explorer, I know that unchecking 'the Automatically Detect Settings' option in the LAN settings under the Connections tab allows webpages to load faster. In Firefox, there are four Internet Setting Configurations: 'No Proxy,' 'Auto Detect Proxy Settings For This Network,' 'Use System Proxy Settings,' and 'Manual Proxy Configuration,' 'Auto-Detect' being the default option. 1. Which of these four settings allows webpages to load as quickly as they would in IE by unchecking 'the Automatically Detect Settings' option and what is the order of the other three configurations from 'fastest' to slowest?' 2. Under 'Cached Web Content,' should the 'Override Automatic Cache Management' option be checked? If so, how many MB should the cache be limited to? Right now, the option is unchecked and set to 350MB. Some webpages are loading slowly so perhaps the above settings need to be changed. Also, is there an 'Email Notification' option at the top/bottom of each thread created so that I know when someone has responded? -Much appreciated.

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If you don't use a proxy, then you can safely select No Proxy. I don't expect that to have any impact on performance if you weren't using a proxy in the first place.
The remaining options merely control how the proxy is set, not how fast the proxy is.
For more details, see the following links.

Firefox will try to determine the optimal cache size based on available disk space. There's no need to configure it manually. On the contrary, setting the cache to a very large size can actually decrease performance if many small files end up being cached.

When you post a new question or a reply, you're automatically subscribed to e-mail updates. You can control this by expanding the Question Tools section in the top right and clicking "Get Email Updates" or "Stop Email Updates" (depending on whether you're subscribed to updates or not).

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Gingerbread Man 403 solutions 1537 answers

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If you don't use a proxy, then you can safely select No Proxy. I don't expect that to have any impact on performance if you weren't using a proxy in the first place.
The remaining options merely control how the proxy is set, not how fast the proxy is.
For more details, see the following links.

Firefox will try to determine the optimal cache size based on available disk space. There's no need to configure it manually. On the contrary, setting the cache to a very large size can actually decrease performance if many small files end up being cached.

When you post a new question or a reply, you're automatically subscribed to e-mail updates. You can control this by expanding the Question Tools section in the top right and clicking "Get Email Updates" or "Stop Email Updates" (depending on whether you're subscribed to updates or not).

If you don't use a proxy, then you can safely select No Proxy. I don't expect that to have any impact on performance if you weren't using a proxy in the first place.<br> The remaining options merely control how the proxy is set, not how fast the proxy is.<br> For more details, see the following links. * [[Advanced settings for accessibility, browsing, system defaults, network, updates, and encryption]] * https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proxy_server Firefox will try to determine the optimal cache size based on available disk space. There's no need to configure it manually. On the contrary, setting the cache to a very large size can actually decrease performance if many small files end up being cached. When you post a new question or a reply, you're automatically subscribed to e-mail updates. You can control this by expanding the Question Tools section in the top right and clicking "Get Email Updates" or "Stop Email Updates" (depending on whether you're subscribed to updates or not).

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Gingerbread man:

Thank you-I do not have a proxy so I selected 'No Proxy.'

On another note, once I am signed in, do I have to scroll over 'Contributor Tools' link at the top and click on 'Support Forum Home' in order to access the forum threads?

When signed in, I only see the 'Mozilla Support' webpage with the Firefox, Firefox OS, etc products that lead to help topics.

I have new here and finding this forum very confusing.

Gingerbread man: Thank you-I do not have a proxy so I selected 'No Proxy.' On another note, once I am signed in, do I have to scroll over 'Contributor Tools' link at the top and click on 'Support Forum Home' in order to access the forum threads? When signed in, I only see the 'Mozilla Support' webpage with the Firefox, Firefox OS, etc products that lead to help topics. I have new here and finding this forum very confusing.

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Gingerbread Man 403 solutions 1537 answers

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Buddy2014 wrote:

On another note, once I am signed in, do I have to scroll over 'Contributor Tools' link at the top and click on 'Support Forum Home' in order to access the forum threads?

Yes.

If you want to review questions you've asked before, hover the mouse cursor over your user name (next to Contributor Tools) and choose View Profile. On that page, click the # Questions link below Contributions.

Buddy2014 wrote:

When signed in, I only see the 'Mozilla Support' webpage with the Firefox, Firefox OS, etc products that lead to help topics.

Logging in takes you the product selection screen. If you click Firefox, you can choose from several support article categories, or the "Get community support" link if you want to ask a new question.

You're welcome.

''Buddy2014 wrote:'' On another note, once I am signed in, do I have to scroll over 'Contributor Tools' link at the top and click on 'Support Forum Home' in order to access the forum threads? Yes. If you want to review questions you've asked before, hover the mouse cursor over your user name (next to Contributor Tools) and choose View Profile. On that page, click the # Questions link below Contributions. ''Buddy2014 wrote:'' When signed in, I only see the 'Mozilla Support' webpage with the Firefox, Firefox OS, etc products that lead to help topics. Logging in takes you the product selection screen. If you click Firefox, you can choose from several support article categories, or the "Get community support" link if you want to ask a new question. You're welcome.

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Gingerbread Man:

I eventually figured out that clicking on 'Contributor Tools, Support Forum Home,' 'or' clicking on my 'Username, View Profile,' 'or' clicking on 'My Contributions' would access the forum threads.

I was used to the Microsoft Community forum where the list of most recent to earliest threads were listed directly after signing in without having to click on various links to access them!

Yes, now I see that Signing In' goes to the Product Selection screen and have to click either 'Contributor Tools' or 'My Username' in order to access my threads or Get community support in order to ask a new question.

This forum definitely has a different layout.

Gingerbread Man: I eventually figured out that clicking on 'Contributor Tools, Support Forum Home,' 'or' clicking on my 'Username, View Profile,' 'or' clicking on 'My Contributions' would access the forum threads. I was used to the Microsoft Community forum where the list of most recent to earliest threads were listed directly after signing in without having to click on various links to access them! Yes, now I see that Signing In' goes to the Product Selection screen and have to click either 'Contributor Tools' or 'My Username' in order to access my threads or Get community support in order to ask a new question. This forum definitely has a different layout.