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Enable on-demand tab loading in Firefox 8

Modern day websites and browsers are not very friendly to slow computers with little memory. However this is “by default”. There are a lot of fine tunings that you can make to a browser, which will improve its performance and your overall experience. One common source of badly utilized memory is all those tabs that you keep open from previous sessions instead of bookmarking them as Read later. But, Firefox 8 provides a mechanism for tackling exactly those tabs. Instead of loading them on startup, you can set Firefox to load them on-demand, that is, when you first click on them. In this short tutorial we will show you how to enable this feature in Firefox 8.

Open Firefox, click the Firefox button and select Options:

A new window will open:

Select the General tab:

In the When Firefox starts dropdown menu select Show my windows and tabs from last time. Also, enable the Don’t load tabs until selected option:

Click OK. Next time you reopen Firefox your tabs will not be preloaded.

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Create custom libraries in Windows 7

Windows 7 introduced a cool new feature called Libraries. It allows you to quickly access folders that you use frequently. Basically a library is a folder which contains references to multiple folders. By default searching in libraries is much, much faster since by default these folders are indexed. Libraries also make sharing a lot easier.
There are four default libraries:
Documents which points to C:\\Users\\*Username*\\Documents (a.k.a. My Documents) and to C:\\Users\\Public\\Documents
Music which points to C:\\Users\\*Username*\\Music\\ (a.k.a. My Music) and to C:\\Users\\Public\\Music
Pictures – C:\\Users\\*Username*\\Pictures and C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures
Videos – C:\\Users\\*Username*\\Videos and C:\\Users\\Public\\Videos
Like previously stated searching in those folders is extremely fast.
But most users, me included, store their files in different folders. For example my music is in D:\\Music and my photos are in D:\\Gallery\\Photos. And searching for a particular song takes me a couple of minutes. It is possible, though, to add custom libraries. When we add a custom library we will create a reference to another folder. By doing so, we will make an index of that folder and increase the speed of searches in that folder.

First open the Libraries folder:
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