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Webpages saved as PDFs are very large files compared to Safari

Webpages saved as PDFs using FF are very large files compared to the same webpage saved as a PDF using Safari. FF will create a 2-3 page pdf that is over 3 MB of data, w… (read more)

Webpages saved as PDFs using FF are very large files compared to the same webpage saved as a PDF using Safari. FF will create a 2-3 page pdf that is over 3 MB of data, while Safari saves the same pdf as 325KB. I never noticed this to be the case in the distant past but as my available storage space started shrinking rapidly on my MacBook I realized this might be the culprit.

I don't know when these large pdfs files started with FF but as I reviewed some similar files from several years ago, the same type of 2-3 page pdf in FF was in the KB, not MB of data. Can anyone help me understand why this is happening? Is there a setting that should be changed so these pdfs are not so bloated in size?

I am still using FF 88.0.1 having not made the leap to the newer versions of FF because of all the bad reviews. That said, I have not seen any info which indicates that FF scaled down pdf file sizes in the newer versions of FF.

In FF's Preferences pane PDFs are set to open in FF. Would it help reduce the file sizes if I changed that so they open in Mac's default application which I assume is Preview? I don't know if that's what the default preference was years ago when FF pdfs were much smaller files, or if changing that would make no difference at all.

Also, for what it's worth, I previously disabled FF's new-ish Print Preview Interface in about:config because it was consistently overriding the preset positions I set for my headers and footers, resulting in them being cut off the printed pages, however, the bloated pdfs were a problem long before FF introduced the Print Preview Interface feature.

Any suggestions on how to reduce the size of pdfs that FF is creating? I don't have and don't want to get a 3rd party application like Adobe Acrobat to deal with this, when I can simply use Safari as my browser. Thank you.

Asked by youngjane 1 hour ago

Last reply by jscher2000 11 minutes ago

Firefox Settings Across Platforms

My primary machine has (FF 88.0.1 64-bit) has all the FF tweaks for privacy and annoyances I care to have. Last outstanding issue is floating videos -- but that's posted… (read more)

My primary machine has (FF 88.0.1 64-bit) has all the FF tweaks for privacy and annoyances I care to have. Last outstanding issue is floating videos -- but that's posted as another topic by me. Big questions:

1. Can I bring FF on the three other laptops and server to the same FF revision level at this machine and copy across all files that would capture settings this machine's settings/changes in Config and Policies ?

I currently make quick work of syncing UBlock and AdBlocker on all machines by simple export/imports of text files. Everything tweaked exactly the same on every machine with respect to FF is what I am after...

Asked by JoeJupa 1 month ago

Last reply by JoeJupa 21 hours ago

Username issue

I have made Firefox my default browser on my laptop. When reviewing my account I noticed that the original username (e-mail address) I created the account with no longer… (read more)

I have made Firefox my default browser on my laptop. When reviewing my account I noticed that the original username (e-mail address) I created the account with no longer exists. Is it possible to replace my new e-mail address for the old one, and use it as the new User Name?

  Thanks in advance for your help.

Asked by geraldwilson 1 week ago

Last reply by Seburo 1 week ago

Black background problem

even when disabled my background colour keeps reverting to black in firefox I have disbled dark option in themes but it still reverts. I have set text to black and backgr… (read more)

even when disabled my background colour keeps reverting to black in firefox I have disbled dark option in themes but it still reverts. I have set text to black and background to white.

Asked by arielbooks 5 months ago

Last reply by jscher2000 2 weeks ago

For the love of god STOP relocating the Take Screenshot option already

PLEASE think of the end-user for ONCE in your developer's life and STOP moving around the option to take screenshots please!!! First it was in the right-click menu (best … (read more)

PLEASE think of the end-user for ONCE in your developer's life and STOP moving around the option to take screenshots please!!! First it was in the right-click menu (best option, I still try to find it there every single time just like the Copy and Paste options) then you moved it to the "..." address bar menu, and now it was removed once again and the user must customize the toolbar to add the button?? Seriously? Who thought this would be more user friendly? Please provide a single reason to justify this Microsoft-ish behaviour.

Surely the option will be completely removed in next version, to force users to return to a previous version.

PS. did Yahoo already acquire Mozilla? That would explain a lot.

Asked by Andrew 2 weeks ago

Last reply by TyDraniu 2 weeks ago

Is it safe to update past v91 yet?

Proton is crap. Low contrast high space and infuriatingly enlarged vs the old standard. Screens are getting larger but that means users are expecting more information on … (read more)

Proton is crap. Low contrast high space and infuriatingly enlarged vs the old standard. Screens are getting larger but that means users are expecting more information on them not less. I actually reverted to either v88 over proton. Is the option to turn it off back yet or is still use custom css and hope they don't break that every update?

Asked by nonfindable 1 month ago

Last reply by FredMcD 3 weeks ago

Firefox Browser Validation Error 54

I cannot access access Ancestry.ca due to a Firefox Browser Validation Error 54. Ancestry says this is a client side problem, it is not on their side. Sometimes I can acc… (read more)

I cannot access access Ancestry.ca due to a Firefox Browser Validation Error 54. Ancestry says this is a client side problem, it is not on their side. Sometimes I can access and sign in the website with no problems, then when I sign out, I cannot sign in due to a Firefox Browser Validation Error 54 again. This has been ongoing for about four months. How can I fix this Browser Validation Error 54 so I can access Ancestry.ca.

Asked by NorthernBear 3 weeks ago

Last reply by cor-el 3 weeks ago

Loss of settings and menus when updating

Last time I updated Firefox all menus and settings were lost. How can I avoid that? Yes, I know the answer is "that shouldn't happen" but it did and took my software en… (read more)

Last time I updated Firefox all menus and settings were lost. How can I avoid that? Yes, I know the answer is "that shouldn't happen" but it did and took my software engineer husband an hour to figure out how to get them back. Would like to skip that step. It's been more than a year since I updated but I'm now getting error messages saying my browser is out of date and website cannot be used without an update. Help!

Asked by ljorde 1 month ago

Last reply by FredMcD 1 month ago

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Search engine add-ons

The search engines I've added do not appear in the list after clicking the green + sign in the search box and they do not appear in the list in the options either. I use… (read more)

The search engines I've added do not appear in the list after clicking the green + sign in the search box and they do not appear in the list in the options either. I used the "add more search engines" found in the bottom of the search engines list to find the missing engines and add them again, but when I find the engine I want to add there is only the "remove" button. So this tells me the missing engines in the list are still there but not accessible. I tried removing the added search engine and then adding it again but this did not make them appear in the search engine list. Everything was working fine until getting the last update before Firefox 89. Is there a way to fix this???

Asked by heyfucyou 7 months ago

Last reply by sideburns 1 month ago

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Slow Printing in Firefox!

Preview is opened as default when printing. I prefer to use the system printing. How can I discard Preview? The printing task now takes more than a minute to access the p… (read more)

Preview is opened as default when printing. I prefer to use the system printing. How can I discard Preview? The printing task now takes more than a minute to access the printer. It all started since Preview was introduced as default! Meanwhile Firefox i locked and I can't do anything in Firefox.

Asked by Carl-Erik.Lundgren 8 months ago

Last reply by peteynice 2 months ago

Again -- For the Nth Time. Detaching and Floating Videos

As of 11/21/2021 is there any way to stop detaching and floating videos ? All the searches on the Web produce loads of blogs where the issue is discussed -- but none of … (read more)

As of 11/21/2021 is there any way to stop detaching and floating videos ? All the searches on the Web produce loads of blogs where the issue is discussed -- but none of it works definitively. A lot of Hot Air and useless comments on the topic. Most point to about:config, which has been shown useless to stop floating videos, in my experience. Have tried every permutation of manipulating relevant config settings according to advice I have found -- nothing works. At the DailyMail.Com you can ad a script to AdBlock and it works -- for one site...

All the search links go in circles and just repeat the same information -- none of which works. Particularly annoying are the CBS affiliate sites with the URL *CbsLocal.com. Element blocking and ad blocking via UBlock and AdBlock does NOT work beyond one page view. It seems the floating video frames are given unique tags each time the page loads so you would have to code every combination of the alpha-numeric identifiers they use. That number is something like equivalent to the number of all the grains of sand on all the beaches in the world, according to my calculator...

If I am directed to manipulate about:config again I think I will scream and pull my hair out. Such a major annoyance and I am to believe there is utterly no way to stop it ? After all these years and the FF developers haven't looked into this ? I find that hard to believe...

Asked by JoeJupa 2 months ago

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webcam access for doxy

Tried to use doxy for a video call. Said I needed to refresh to load most updated browser. Once I did that, it says doxy has no access to webcam. I cannot figure out h… (read more)

Tried to use doxy for a video call. Said I needed to refresh to load most updated browser. Once I did that, it says doxy has no access to webcam. I cannot figure out how to change that.

Thanks

Asked by pmorg11 2 months ago

Answered by jonzn4SUSE 2 months ago

New version of Firefox and File menu

I still have v88 of Firefox. I was automatically upgraded a few months back to v90 I think and there was no "file edit view history bookmarks tools and help" at the TOP o… (read more)

I still have v88 of Firefox. I was automatically upgraded a few months back to v90 I think and there was no "file edit view history bookmarks tools and help" at the TOP of my screen like it has been forever! I use my bookmarks from the top of my screen all the time, that's how i get to all my websites. I found it in the side bar (right hand side I think, which is a horrible place for that)

Before I decide to upgrade to v94 (which says is the newest version) is there a way to put the "file edit view history bookmarks tools and help" buttons back at the TOP of the page and not in the stupid hamburger menu thing.

If memory serves me correctly the startup page also didnt have the "most viewed" sites or only have 5/6 and no ability to have 16 options, is that a thing still?

I'm a basic user who hates change when nothing was wrong with how it was before for the past 20 years lol

Thanks for any assistance!

Asked by sens_lover_40 2 months ago

Last reply by cor-el 2 months ago

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How do I set a photo from my pictures library to my FF homepage? Thanks for any relevant responses.

I downloaded the new version, 89.0.2, not realizing how really horrible it is. Since, trying to return to the old version (88.0.1), I've managed to delete my entire fire… (read more)

I downloaded the new version, 89.0.2, not realizing how really horrible it is. Since, trying to return to the old version (88.0.1), I've managed to delete my entire firefox directory, and have to reinstall FF from scratch. I've lost all history and bookmarks for the past 10 years. I can get by that. But, how do I set a photo from my pictures library to my FF homepage? Thanks for any relevant responses.

Asked by mnosera 6 months ago

Last reply by jscher2000 2 months ago

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Firefox accesses Solidworks fonts folder

Hi, lately I have been trying to tackle my secondary HDD being spun up for no reason in the background and one thing that keeps popping up is Firefox.exe accessing a bunc… (read more)

Hi, lately I have been trying to tackle my secondary HDD being spun up for no reason in the background and one thing that keeps popping up is Firefox.exe accessing a bunch of fonts contained in the Solidworks installation on the HDD (which is a secondary drive, while Firefox is installed on the primary SSD).

I really cannot understand why it happens, since I think nobody is supposed to install Solidworks along with Firefox. Of course I don't want this activity to wake up my drive, but also, is it normal? I have to admit I'm kinda worried.

I'll attach screenshots from Sysinternals Process Monitor

Thanks in advance to anyone that will help :)

Asked by fracarol 8 months ago

Answered by jscher2000 8 months ago

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Getting 404 error on my banking site

I've been using my banking site for many years on my desktop computer. Today the site comes up but when I try to log in I get a "404" error message. I tried logging in wi… (read more)

I've been using my banking site for many years on my desktop computer. Today the site comes up but when I try to log in I get a "404" error message. I tried logging in with Edge and there was no problem. I have deleted all my banking cookies on Mozilla and the result is the same. This is a major problem and I would appreciate any suggestions.

Asked by pdlc1204 8 months ago

Answered by TNorth 8 months ago

crash

hi. i was debugging my Django_React project in inspect element mode of firefox and that was my first time doing that so i was confused and clicking on some buttons to get… (read more)

hi. i was debugging my Django_React project in inspect element mode of firefox and that was my first time doing that so i was confused and clicking on some buttons to get to know what to do and outta no where that page crashed. i did rerun my whole project and tried again to connect to it but doesnt work. i checked, the firefox is up to date. i ran firefox in troubleshoot mode and reran the project but still doesnt work and crashes. i think it is not about my hardware or firewall options.

the FIRST REPORT ID that i got is: "bp-cd41341c-37e7-4c5d-9494-f85340211026"

the LAST REPORT ID that i got after the whole project rerun and in troubleshoot mode is: "bp-228837ce-f0d5-4767-981c-46f240211026"

Asked by fardinramezani97 3 months ago

Last reply by FredMcD 3 months ago

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I want my logged session password.

@mozilla Only Firefox browser is logged in my Facebook account. Login and password are not saved. If I loose session, account is gone. Please help view and save my pass… (read more)

@mozilla

 Only Firefox browser is logged in my Facebook account. Login and password  are not saved. If I loose session, account is gone. Please help view and save my password.

Asked by MSolar 3 months ago

Answered by MSolar 3 months ago