The web browser is a tool used by most people all day. Optimizing it for better performance or usability can provide major benefits. This page provides solutions and links for just this purpose.
GPU Select for complete resolution.Intel Graphics: Some people have seen Google Chrome present corrupt graphics, especially around text on certain web pages. However, most pages are unaffected. This is an Intel Graphics (i915 iGPU) issue, 11th-gen CPUs and later. See
System titlebars: We prefer standard titlebars on Chrome, and this should be set by default. Use
Chrome Menu (TR) > Appearance and then select
Use QT theme at the top (if this is not available, use the GTK theme instead). Then enable
[x] Use system titlebars and borders near the bottom.
described here. The steps are below:Firefox as a Snap: Ubuntu started distributing Firefox a snap package starting in 22.04. This usually works fine, however, there are some situations where one may need to use the normal Debian package. If this is the case, we suggest using the official Mozilla PPA as
KeePassXC Plugin: See Passwords for detail on using KeePassXC with your browser. If you want with to work with Firefox, you either will need to use a snap workaround, or install the non-snap version as described above.
System titlebars: We prefer standard titlebars on Firefox. Right-click on the toolbar or tab barand select “Customize Toolbar…” option. It'll open toolbar customize window. Now look for “Title Bar” checkbox option present at the bottom-left corner of the window and enable it.
If you love all things VIM, click here to learn about Wasavi. We found it can provide a huge productivity boost. This is easy to install as a single web extension which can be synced to wherever you login to your browser. The following example
exrc content can provide some nice defaults. Set this using
Menu > Extensions > Manage Extensions > Wasavi Details > Extension Options:
Wasavi has a few limitations. First, it is only available for Chrome-based browsers and was last updated in 2019. Second, it does not use your own VIM settings and syntax highlighting, but instead only provides a limited (but useful) subset. Finally, you must remember to type
:wq to save any edits to the text field.
If you tried Wasavi and want to go use all your VIM-foo, then you could click here to try Firenvim. This tool brings your entire NeoVIM capability into your browser using the same settings, macros, and syntax highlighting as in the terminal. It is also actively maintained and possibly more secure.
Be aware, however, that setting up Firenvim takes more patience, skill, and time. In addition, your configuration is tied to a specific machine. Also, if you use it with Firefox, you will need to install a non-snap version. We have confirmed it works well with Chrome.
See Newsletter 2023-07-03 for more detail.
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2023-09-11 d27f8bfb5a195210 Split content by browser type, added detail
2023-07-30 060ddbea5a195210 First publication
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