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Firefox – New One Click Search review – How to use, disable and manage it

Posted in Browser, Methods, Workflow with tags , , , , on December 10, 2014 by Sirusdark

Hello dear readers and followers! Sorry for this delayed post, I didn’t scheduled it last week! O_o

Today’s article is about Firefox new One Click Search feature.

If your browser is up-to-date and it’s Firefox, you must have noticed a few changes since the last updates. One of those is the different search system.

I thought I’d do a quick review since my first impression was not so good and after doing some research and tests, I’ve concluded that it’s a bit better, but still needs improvement.

What about speed?

My first searches using the new system were a real pain in the a$$: I couldn’t use my usual keyboard shortcut to change the search engine! (Alt+Arrow_Down) So, after some research, I was finally able to adjust and get back on track.

Lemme show you!

Let’s search 3 terms in 3 different tabs using 3 different search engines; the first search is made using the browser’s default configured search engine (Ex. : Ixquick).

Here’s how it goes, without using the mouse of course :

Old Search Box

Ctrl+E, search_term1, Enter

Ctrl+T,Ctrl+E, search_term2, Alt+Arrow_Down, Arrow_Down, Arrow_Down, choose Bing, Enter, Enter,

Ctrl+T,Ctrl+E, search_term2, Alt+Arrow_Down, Arrow_Down, Arrow_Down, Arrow_Down, choose Google, Enter, Enter,

One Click Search steps

Ctrl+E, search_term1, Enter

Ctrl+T,Ctrl+E, search_term2, Arrow_Up, Arrow_Up, choose Bing, Enter

Ctrl+T,Ctrl+E, search_term2, Arrow_Up, Arrow_Up, Arrow_Up, choose Google, Enter

What about old school?

If you prefer the old version, it’s very simple to switch back :

Type about:config in the URL bar

Search for (Ctrl+F) : “oneoff” which will find “browser.search.showOneOffButtons

Double-click it to turn it to False

Restart Firefox

BUG – Removing search providers

With the new search system, you can’t “remove” search providers, only disable them. If you’re like me and prefer removing things completely, you’ll need to switch to the old search system and then remove the search providers you don’t want. BUT, if you have the new One Click Search, I DON’T recommend you do that; you won’t be able to add again the “removed” search providers as they will NOT be removed from Firefox. It’s a bug.

Good news everyone

Finally, one of the cool feature, is you can add website search strait in your browser’s search bar. When it detects a search box on a website, you can add it to your search engines! For example, if you want to quickly search articles on this blog without loading the blog every time, you simply add it to your search engines. Problem is, you can’t rename them… it’s sometimes hard to tell which icon is for which website.

In conclusion, Firefox’s Once Click Search is nice, but it’s far from ready. IMO, it’s an incomplete system that should’ve been delayed before being pushed to the public…

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

Firefox Quick Tip – Close it without losing any windows and tabs!

Posted in Browser, Computer, Methods, Workflow with tags , , , , , on November 14, 2014 by Sirusdark

Here’s a nifty trick when you’re in a hurry and need to close Firefox and/or shut down your computer but have several windows opened with plenny of tabs in each windows you don’t wanna lose. Usually, there would only be a few ways to save your browsing session:

Friggin too long methods

1. The PITA method: you manually bookmark each individual pages of each windows in your Bookmarks in folders. Have fun with that.

2. The monk method: You manually move/transfer all tabs one by one in a single windows, then exit, which will save the session and re-open all the tabs the next time you launch Firefox. Have fun with that too.

3. The pro method: you install a session manager add-on, then save the session and windows. You’re awesome.

Now, even I who DO use a session manager in Firefox, there’s often times I need to close Firefox quickly AND keep all my browsing sessions. The aforementioned methods just don’t cut it.

KISS method

Here’s my ultra-fast-lazy-simple method: kill Firefox from the Task Manager:

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del > Click End task

There ya go. Let it handle the crash. Firefox is so awesome it’ll prompt you to “restore” your “lost” session. I do it all the time. :D

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

How to – Change default Contact Search scope in Outlook 2013

Posted in How to, Tweaking, Workflow with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2014 by Sirusdark

Outlook 2013 LogoThis week’s post is about Outlook (again). This tip was one hard to find information, because that information is simply nonexistent: nowhere will you find in Outlook 2013 settings to change its default contact search scope.

Help is here

But don’t worry, I finally figured it out. Microsoft Office devs sure are a lazy bunch, I can tell you that. In my Outlook, my contacts are sorted in different groups/folders. By default, when searching contacts, Outlook searches only in the CURRENT folder, thus omitting a lot of results, since in my case I also have contacts in other folders. It was really getting on my nerve: EVERY single time I searched a contact I had to change the search scope to All Contacts. After doing some research, I finally found how to change once and for all that pesky search scope to All Contacts by default.

Mailbox settings

Believe it or not, Outlook’s search settings are found in the Search tab of Outlook’s options. Now guess what? There are no settings for contact search; only for the mailbox. And that’s what the problem is all about: the mailbox search options are ALSO those of your contacts. No wonder you can’t find anything about it! Some say it’s obvious and makes sense since your outlook file (.pst) contains your e-mails AND your contacts. I’m sorry, but managing e-mails is different than managing contacts. Microsoft should’ve seperated the settings to behave independently of each other.

Anyway, simply put, changing your mailbox search settings also changes contact search settings.

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

Reference
-http://www.msoutlook.info/question/735

Outlook Tip – Speed up your workflow

Posted in Methods, Workflow with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2014 by Sirusdark

Outlook 2013 Logo

Here’s a very simple tip that will help you save time, improve your health and make your workflow a lot more efficient.

Keyboard is da bomb

It’s simple! Use Outlook’s keyboard shortcuts to switch from your Inbox/Mail, Calendar, Contact/People and Tasks! It makes things faster, less mouse clicks (thus reducing chances of wrist pain/carpal tunnel problems) and greatly improves your workflow!

Ctrl+1 = Mail

Ctrl+2 = Calendar

Ctrl+3 = People

Ctrl+4 = Tasks

Ctrl+5 = Notes

Note that these shortcuts work in every Microsoft’s Office Outlook versions.

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

Efficiency trick – Shift-Click scroll bars

Posted in Computer, Methods, Windows, Workflow with tags on April 28, 2014 by Sirusdark

Scroll BarHere’s another neat trick to speed up your navigation: shift clicking scroll bars!

Most program’s windows within a window system environment, whenever there’s a scroll bar, you can shift click (left-click) to move the scroll bar’s bar strait to the bottom or desired position.

So instead of scrolling endlessly and wasting your time, just shift-click scroll bars!

Free will

If you really do like to scroll, you could use a Logitech mouse that has a free wheel feature (Ex.: G500s, but beware, it produces a high-pitch sound). It’s awesome for sound editing when you need to zoom in a sound wave to see a detail.

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

File copy – Windows 8’s hidden gem

Posted in Methods, Windows, Workflow with tags , , , on April 1, 2014 by Sirusdark

I just can’t talk enough about how this feature is awesome. Gone is the time where a 2 hours file copy would be interrupted by a “same name” file/folder error. Windows now merges same named folder’s CONTENT instead of throwing an error. Also, if same named folder(s) contains same named files, Windows will ask you if you want to replace the existing files or simply skip them after copying the new files. Oh yeah! :D

Real-life example

Let’s say you have two drives: drive C:\ contains your active work folder called “My_work” and drive F:\ is your backup drive:

C:\My_work
5 files: 001.jpg, 002.jpg, 003.jpg, 004.jpg, 005.jpg

F:\My_work
3 files: 001.jpg, 002.jpg, 003.jpg

What happens if you copy the folder from drive C:\ to drive D:\?  Windows 8 will simply copy the files WITHIN the folder “My_work” that are not identical: thus, images 004 and 005 will be added and Windows will ask you if you want to replace 3 files or skip them.

Now THAT’s what I call efficient. We can now create backups in a breeze in a single click’n’kip BAM! Incremental backup.

Same named folder? No problemo

Windows 8 File CopyScreenshot shows two folders with identical names and Windows looks INSIDE instead of throwing an error. The 7 items are 1 folder and 6 files inside.

Best practice: rename, rename, rename, F2, F2, F2…

Of course, saving , copying and manipulating any kind of files, requires that you properly identified them the first place.

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

GIMP – Edit multiple files in a single window

Posted in Gimp, Workflow with tags , , on March 2, 2014 by Sirusdark

Gimp LogoI recently discovered a bug in GIMP: whenever you edit multiple files with GIMP, if the program is NOT already opened, you will get as many windows as files you asked to edit. Not really desirable.

Here’s how to fix this problem:

GIMP, always numero uno

1. First, start GIMP.

2. Then select all the files you wish to edit.

3. Edit your selection with GIMP.

Gimp will then open all the files in tabs WITHIN GIMP instead of separate windows. Problem solved!

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca