FIRE­FOX Ex­pe­ri­ence the best new fea­tures in Fire­fox 55

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It’s fair to say that the last few re­leases of Fire­fox haven’t ex­actly gripped the imag­i­na­tion, fo­cus­ing mainly on un­der-the-bon­net tweaks and bug fixes. So hur­rah for Fire­fox 55, which gives the browser a kick up the tail end in fea­tures and per­for­mance. High­lights in­clude:

The abil­ity to open more than 1,500 tabs in just 15 seconds. This is ac­cord­ing to a Mozilla de­vel­oper rather than our own tests, and does seem rather ex­ces­sive on the tab front – but still use­ful to know!

New set­tings to tweak the browser’s per­for­mance on the Op­tions/gen­eral tab. These let you use hard­ware ac­cel­er­a­tion when avail­able and in­crease the num­ber of con­tent pro­cesses Fire­fox uses, for a po­ten­tial speed boost.

Search with any in­stalled search en­gine di­rectly from the ad­dress bar – not just the search box – by click­ing its logo. Fire­fox also now sug­gests search terms by de­fault when you start typ­ing a query.

Move the side­bar that shows your book­marks, his­tory and synced tabs to the right-hand side of the browser by click­ing the down ar­row next to its ti­tle and choosing ‘ Move Side­bar to Right’.

Adobe Flash con­tent is now click-to-ac­ti­vate rather than auto-play­ing and only al­lowed on se­cure sites.

Mozilla also tested a new screen-cap­ture tool in some beta ver­sions of the browser, but we haven’t yet seen this in ours.

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