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Disable Firefox's Command-Arrows page jump shortcuts
Authored by: palahala on Apr 13, '09 05:43:47AM

The problem with losing text from a rich-text editor when pressing Cmd-Left Arrow still exists in Firefox 3.1 beta (which will become Firefox 3.5 one day). While keyconfig is not yet declared compatible with the newer versions, here's how to get keyconfig running in Firefox 3.1 beta/3.5. After doing so, hitting Cmd-Left Arrow just gets you to the beginning of the current line, rather than taking you all the way back to the previous page:

  • Install Nightly Tester Tools. Next, if you already had keyconfig installed, right-click keyconfig in the Extensions pane of the Tools, Add-ons window, and select "Override compatibility". If you did not yet install keyconfig in Firefox 3.0, then you'll get the same option when installing the current version in Firefox 3.1 beta/3.5. (As a side note: for any other outdated add-on at you'd first need to select "See All Versions", as otherwise the "Add to Firefox" button will be disabled.)
  • Or, more complicated: follow the instructions in Editing an add-on to change its compatibility.

In the list of keyconfig's bindings (menu Tools, Keyconfig) you'll now have to disable "goBackKb: Cmd-Left Arrow" and "goForwardKb: Cmd-Right Arrow". I'm not sure why these "goBackKb" and "goForwardKb" are no longer translated into "Back" and "Forward" like in Firefox 3.0, but the effect is the same.

The keyconfig settings can also be seen when typing about:config in the location bar, and then searching for keyconfig.

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