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Close Chimera download windows automatically Web Browsers
I love Chimera, and it's now my prefered browser. But, in many ways, it's still a work in progress. One thing that bothers me is that after you download a file, the download dialog window hangs around until you close it by hand. Not a big deal usually, but if you've downloaded a large number of files, you have to go through and manually close a lot of these windows. Here's how to get rid of them automatically:
  1. Quit the Chimera application.

  2. Open this configuration file in your favourite text editor:
    ~/Library -> Application Support -> Chimera -> Profiles -> Default -> [random].sit -> prefs.js. Some people prefer to put custom user preferences in users.js in this same folder, however, all the settings in users.js are copied over to prefs.js in the end so this seems more direct. That and some prefs when specified in users.js are simply ignored for some reason.

  3. Add this new preference to the end of prefs.js:
    user_pref("", false);
  4. Save the file and fire up Chimera.
That's it, all the download status dialogue windows will automatically close themselves when your download is complete.
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Fast source download in Chimera Web Browsers
I dont know if this is helpful for anyone. Maybe everybody knows, except me, but ... when wanting to view source code in Chimera, you hit Command-E (the keyboard shortcut for View -> View Page Source). But if you hit Command-E when you're already viewing the source, a save to dialog box appears! There we go: fast and easy download of source code...
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Enable pipelining in Chimera Web Browsers
You can enable HTTP/1.1 pipelining in chimera by adding the following lines to your ~/Library -> Application Support -> Chimera -> profiles -> default -> [random].slt -> prefs.js file:
  user_pref("network.http.pipelining", true);
user_pref("network.http.proxy.pipelining", true);
Pipelining speeds up browsing a lot.
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Re-enable bookmarklets with Chimera Navigator Web Browsers
I use movabletype (a weblog app) and Backflip (which is a web-based bookmark keeper). Both of these use bookmarklets, but I couldn't use them anymore with Chimera Navigator. Now I discovered in the movabletype forums that this is due to the pop-up blocking enabling in the Chimera preferences. When I disabled pop-up blocking, both bookmarklets worked just fine. So, this seems to be a general solution for these kinds of problems.

Easy and evident maybe, but isn't that the solution that is always most hard to get?

[Editor's note: Backflip sounded interesting to me, but when I tried to check it out, it appears their site will be down for maintenance for most of the day...]
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Display sites' favicons in Chimera bookmarks Web Browsers
So I picked this up from VGZ over on MozillaZine's Chimera forum. If you want to see a website's favicon in its bookmark (including in the bookmark toolbar), add the following to the ~/Library -> Application Support -> Chimera -> Profiles -> Default -> [random string].slt -> prefs.js file:
user_pref("", true);
It's an aquired taste (makes the bookmark toolbar a little busy), but some might like it!

[Editor's note: favicons are those small 16x16 icons that replace the standard browser site icon; not all sites have them, and of those that do have them, some are not very interesting looking (it's hard to be artistic in a 16x16 square!).]
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Disable the Chimera disk cache Web Browsers
If you have broadband, you have no use for the Chimera cache, and the way its inflating like a balloon. So instead of clicking Preferences, clicking Navigation, clicking the tab 'History', and clicking 'clear disk cache' to clear the disk cache one time, put the following in the ~/Library -> Application Support -> Chimera -> Profiles -> Default -> 12345.slt -> prefs.js file:
user_pref("browser.cache.disk.enable", false);
Voila! The trick of the week! I got it from Rahmcoff (Peter of the Norse) over at the Chimera board. Note that the "12345.slt" folder will actually be named something else on your machine; you want the folder that ends in .slt ... and you may have a folder with your username instead of "Default."

[Editor's note: I haven't tried this one myself yet, and I would assume the option to disable disk cache will eventually make its way into the normal Chimera Preferences panel.]
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Access Chimera bookmarks from the dock menu Web Browsers
Want fast access to your Chimera bookmarks from it's dock icon? With a simple download and replace, you can have them!

Quit Chimera and download the required files. Go to bug 163646 at bugzilla, and scroll down to Comment #5. Download the attachment and expand it. You'll have a folder labled MainMenu.nib in your downloads folder.

Next control-click on the Chimera/Navigator application and select Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu. Navigate the folders to Contents -> Resources -> English.lproj. In there, you'll see MainMenu.nib. Rename this to MainMenu.nib.old (or anything else you'd prefer).

Now copy the MainMenu.nib object from your downloads folder into the English.lproj folder. Re-launch Chimera and you should have bookmarks in Chimera's dock menu!

[Editor's note: Chimera just keeps getting cooler and cooler! This is a very useful hack, and it hasn't caused any problems with my Chimera installation. The submitted hint suggests deleting the old nib file; I prefer to rename it, in case you ever want or need to rever the behavior.]
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A fix for amazingly small Mozilla windows Web Browsers
This problem has haunted me since 1.0.1 Mozilla browser came out. If you close all the windows in the browser, then open a new window and click maximize (+), the window is a pixel thick! Quitting and restarting the app doesn't help, either. Here's how to fix the problem.

Edit the file /Users -> your_username -> Library -> Mozilla -> Profiles -> default -> random_number.slt -> localstore.rdf. Change (around line 55) the height and width from 0 to something like 100. This is a known bug by the folks. This is the best workaround because it saves all your profile data, bookmarks, etc.

[Editor's note: Mozilla 1.2b doesn't exhibit this behavior, at least on my machine.]
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View source in main browser window in Chimera Web Browsers
Instead of viewing the source code in a seperate tab or window under chimera, you can simply type the words "view-source:" before the 'http://' portion of the site's address.

This is also good if you need to toggle back and forth, using the back and forward arrows.
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Netscape 7 and the hosts file Web Browsers
A few months ago, I imported a hosts file to block a few of the more annoying ad servers. It remaps their IPs to, as hinted here before. Netscape 7 doesn't like this, though, and will throw up an error message whenever it can't find one of those servers (sometimes 3 or 4 times per page!). Anyway, the easy way to stop that from happening is to turn on personal web sharing. Then Apache on your machine returns something that Netscape can deal with without an error message.
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