Set Up A Firefox 3m Display For Couch-Friendly Surfing

Firefox: If you routinely use Firefox at a distance — during presentations or from your couch, for example — this clever combination of tweaks makes Firefox easier on your eyes.

Sure you could hit CTRL++ or CTRL+Mouse Wheel Scroll every time you visit a page that needs to be magnified but that's tedious, inefficient, and it doesn't address issues like a tiny address bar and too-small navigation buttons. Over at the blog Apple Media Center, a media centre-focused blog, they've put together a great set of tweaks to give Firefox a 3m display mode:

1. Download this userchrome.css file here.

2. Place the ‘userchrome.css' in the following folder: ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/[profile-name] /chrome/ [Ed. Note: They're using Mac OS X, visit this article at the MozillaZine Knowledge Base to find the location of the profile folder in your operating system.]

3. Install the No Squint plugin by clicking here.

4. Change the No Squint plugin's ‘Default full page zoom level' setting to 150%.

5. Install a theme that works with the increased text size. I chose Hexxya, which also uses smaller icons so you can see more of your address bar as well.

6. Enjoy your Firefox HD browser!

Check out the link below for information about tweaking the font in your new setup or for more tips and tricks for setting up a user-friendly media centre setup. Have a favourite tweak or trick of your own to share? Let's hear about it in the comments. Thanks darkgroove!

Firefox Ten Foot Couch Mode [Apple Media Center]


    Currently the only thing the userchrome file does is make the urlbar font bigger. You'll have to edit the file to 'uncomment' some of the lines for them to take effect.

    I think the nosquint plugin in the more significant addition here.

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