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Ignore cache when refreshing a web page Web Browsers
When developing a website, particularly editing images, I often have to clear browser cache to see the changes. This often involves opening preferences and finding the Empty Cache button on Firefox.

But much quicker way is to hold Shift when clicking reload in Firefox or Camino -- this will temporarily bypass the cache for that particular page. In Safari, use the Alt/Option key instead to get the same behavior.

[robg adds: While I've known about these keys for quite a while, I can't find them documented in Firefox, Camino, or Safari. I also thought they were documented here, but I had no luck searching.]
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Revert Google Images to its previous format Web Browsers
For those of you that haven't noticed, Google recently updated its image search to a flashy CSS site. However, as nice as it looks, a lot of fuctionality has been lost. I use Google Images to search for album art, and it's handy to be able to see the domain and image size of all the results without having to hover over each thumbnail.

The fix? With SafariStand (and other plugins like Saft may provide the same), go to SafariStand Settings » Site Alteration, and enable it for Next, check the Alter box for Javascript and leave Javascript disabled. It should look like this when you're done.

Next time you do a google search, google will automatically redirect you to the javascript-free version, and all is good!

[robg adds: This is a very annoying change; flashy mouseover effects come at the expense of easy usability. You can fix the site in OminWeb using the Page Info section (Command-I), and in Firefox using probably any of many extensions -- I tried QuickJava, which gives you a global Javascript on/off button on the toolbar (just click it before running an image search). Unfortunately, I couldn't find a similar tool for Camino -- if you know of a way to quickly toggle Javascript on and off in Camino, please post in the comments.]
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Access Gmail via a secure connection Web Browsers
While out browsing and surfing around for hints a while back, I came across this entry on Dave Taylor's site. In the post, Dave describes an amazingly simple method for making a secure connection to your Gmail account: After logging in, change the http:// prefix of the URL to https:// and press Return. The page will reload, and you'll see the secure lock icon in the corner of Safari's screen.

While searching around to see where else this might have been mentioned, I happened upon this page at the Google Help Center, with an even nicer answer -- just use as the URL, and you'll have a secure connection. I've been using Gmail for a long time, and had no idea they had a secure connection available (beyond the login screen), so I thought this worth sharing, even though it's documented. (And Dave's article pre-dates the "modified" date on the Google help entry, so it's possible that page didn't exist when Dave wrote his piece.)
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A note of caution on Firefox's storage of passwords Web Browsers
Here's a general warning for Firefox users: Saved passwords are not safe if you do not create a master password. If you use Firefox and you want to see for yourself, go to Firefox's Preferences, visit the Security tab, and press the Show Passwords button. This will show all your passwords in plain text for anyone to see.

You can enable a password to protect this (check the Use a master password box, then enter a password), and you will then have to use the password once per session to unlock all the other passwords being stored. This affects both the PC and Mac versions of Firefox.

Why this matters: If you bring your Mac in for repair, anyone working there can see all your passwords by simply launching your browser. Your password my be your Social Security Number at some sites, such as banks or mortgage companies. Ergo, your financial information would be available to anyone who wanted it.

So if you use Firefox, add a master password to give yourself some level of protection.

[robg adds: Safari, Camino and OmniWeb all use the Keychain to store passwords, so this is exclusively a Firefox issue. On the overall scheme of exposures, I don't think it's a huge one -- your machine should be locked if you're away from it and others have access to it. However, it is a concern when sending a machine back for service, or in any other situation where others may be using it without your supervision. Speaking of sending machines in for service, you might want to read this hint if you're concerned about security during the service period.]
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Use a Firefox plug-in to ease QuickTime movie saving Web Browsers
By default, you need QuickTime Pro if you want to save a QuickTime movie embedded in a web page, because the Save options are otherwise grayed out. I found a way in Firefox to help with this: I installed a plug-in named Unplug. This plug-in adds a little green fish to the right side of the address bar.

So when you're viewing your movie in Firefox, click the fish, and a page with all video links will appear on the screen. The one playing is checked with a green marker. Just control-click on it, select the Save to Location menu item, choose a file name and location, and you're done. The media will download to your disk.

It also works with with popular site like YouTube and more.

[robg adds: There are many ways to grab QuickTime movies from various browsers, but this little plug-in makes it about as easy as possible.]
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10.4: Open URL in a new Safari window and minimize Web Browsers
I use Safari and browse with tabs. I like having everything in one window. Sometimes however, I come across a page that I am already viewing that I want to be in a separate window. So I made an Automator app to take care of it for me.

Its a simple three step app. Start with the Get Current Webpage from Safari action in the Safari library, then add the Display Webpages (also in the Safari library) action (this will open your URL in a new window), and finally, add a Run AppleScript action with this script:
on run {input, parameters}
  activate application "Safari"
  tell application "System Events"
    tell process "Safari"
      -- GUI Scripting statements:
      keystroke "m" using {command down}
    end tell
  end tell
  return input
end run
Save this as an application somewhere on your hard drive. It takes about three seconds to run the app on my G5, which I think is worth it for not cycling through a tab that I know isn't related to my current surfing activities. I also invoke the app through a trigger in Quicksilver, so that it is readily available.

The Applescript portion of the Automator app was modified from a previous hint submitted by meanbone, since I am not that great with AppleScript.
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View PDFs inline in Camino on Intel Macs Web Browsers
As the PDF plugin is currently PowerPC only, it does not work on Intel Macs. The only workaround is to run the browser within Rosetta. For Safari and Firefox, this is not a huge problem as both are able to view inline PDFs (the first with its own engine, and both via Adobe Reader 8). Sadly, this doesn't work with Camino which is quite annoying.

As QuickTime is able view PDFs, I tried to change the MIME type settings in order to let the QuickTime plug-in handle PDF files. Sadly, the necessary setting in the QuickTime Preference Pane doesn't seem to stick, or Camino seems to ignore it.

I finally discovered (through the help of the Camino Mailing List) that Camino also stores this information in the file pluginreg.dat (to be found at ~/Library -> Application Support -> Camino). So if you add an entry which forwards PDFs to the QuickTime plug-in, you're finally able to view PDFs inline again.

The line has to be added to the end of the QuickTime Plug-in section, and looks like this:
nn:application/pdf:PDF image:pdf:$
Where nn is the next free number within this section. In my case, that was 62. You also have to increase the counter at the beginning of the section by one (in my case to 63, as the list starts with 0).

Sadly nothing is without disadvantages: You will only see the first page of the PDF, as the QuickTime controller is not shown, and zooming is not possible. Hopefully Adobe will include Camino support in future releases of Adobe Reader, or the PDF Browser Plug-in will be released as a Universal Binary.
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Quickly open partial Safari downloads Web Browsers
If you're downloading a lot of large audio or video files in Safari, you may want to preview them while downloading. Normally you need to right-click the ".download" file, select "Show Package Contents", then double-click the actual file. But an AppleScript can make things quicker:
tell application "Finder"
  repeat with selected_file in (selection as list)
    if ((selected_file as text) ends with ".download") then
      set plist_path to (selected_file as text) & ":Info.plist"
      if (exists file plist_path) then
        tell application "System Events"
          set partial_file_path to value of property list item 
           "DownloadEntryPath" of contents of 
           property list file plist_path
          open partial_file_path
        end tell
      end if
    end if
  end repeat
end tell
Assign this to a keyboard command using a utility like Spark or Butler, and call it with the file selected in the Finder.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Tile Safari windows via AppleScript Web Browsers
A friend recently switched to Mac, and asked me if Safari had an equivalent of the "Tile" function on a PC. After asking a few people and poking around, I decided to write a quick script to do just that. With some tweaking it can be used for other applications, and/or multiple apps.

[robg adds: I tested the script, and it works as described. Run it with a number of Safari windows open, and it places them all side-by-side, even spanning across multiple monitors. Each window is sized such that all of them will exactly fill the available horizontal space.]
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Horizontal tab scrolling in Firefox 2.0 Web Browsers
One of the new features of Firefox 2.0 is the ability to scroll through your open tabs using arrows on either side of the tab bar. Today I noticed that if you have two-finger scrolling enabled on your MBP, after hitting either of the arrow keys, you can two finger scroll horizontilly to scroll through the open tabs. This only works when there are more open tabs than can be seen in the current window. I don't know how useful this is (I generally don't have 15 tabs open) but hopefully someone will be able to use it.

Note that this scrolling keeps the current tab selected, but you will be able scroll through the open tabs and see the name of the page opened in that tab. I also used this on a MacBook Pro using an Intel-optimized build of Firefox 2.0. I would assume that this would work the same in the standard Firefox 2.0.
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