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Session Restore Intervals

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Session Restore Intervals

As you may recall, last week, I told you about the Session Restore feature found in the Firefox Web browser. (If you happened to miss that article, you can read it here). After that tip ran in the newsletter, I saw a posting on WorldStart’s message board that took the Session Restore function one step further. So, if you’ve ever used the Session Restore feature, you’re really going to like what I have for you today. And it’s all thanks to message board user “HARLEY.” Let’s check it out!

Here’s the deal: you like using the Session Restore to save your work in Firefox, but does it save it often enough? Do you even know how often your sessions are updated? I mean, if they’re only saved every five minutes, that’s not going to help you out much if your browser suddenly crashes. Luckily, there’s a way to change the time interval for how often your sessions are restored. That’s right, you can pick your own time to guarantee your work is saved on a regular basis. Here’s how!

Open up your Firefox browser and type “about:config” (without the quotes) into the address bar at the top and hit Enter. On the next screen that comes up, look for the Filter box and type in “browser.sessionstore.interval.” You should then see one entry come up. Double click on that and in the box, type in the time interval you’d like to use. If you want your work saved every 10 seconds, type in 10000. If you want it even shorter than that, type in 5000 for five seconds. Want it to be a little longer? Try 30000 for 30 seconds or 60000 for a minute. Just keep in mind that the interval is measured in milliseconds, so you’ll need to type the time in accordingly. Then just click OK when you’re done. Either way you go, your Firefox work will now be saved when you want it and not a moment too late!

~ Erin

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