Firefox makes use of special URL commands to display its internal pages for configuration and functionality. For example, about:blank command in the address bar displays a blank page and about:config displays all the Firefox configuration.
Normally we don’t use most of the functionality offered by About: commands in Firefox but some times these commands come in very handy to tweak the browser functionality according to our needs or troubleshooting the browser malfunctioning.
Here is the complete list of Firefox About: commands along with their short descriptions
Using the About: Commands in Firefox
Using the About: commands in Firefox is quite simple. You just have to enter the command in the Firefox address bar and press enter. This is like entering the URL of any webpage to open it. For example, if I want to know more about my installed version of Firefox, I will write about: in the Firefox address bar. Pressing enter will bring me the information I want.
Just for Fun
Shows a verse from the book of Mozilla
A robot greets the humans
Shows information about Firefox like version, contributors, build configuration etc.
Shows the list of all the About: commands supported by that specific version of Firefox
Shows a blank page
Shows the Firefox homepage
Shows the addons page
Shows tabs synced from other computers if tab synchronization is enabled
Shows the Sync login screen to login to Mozilla to sync browser data
Shows the sync logs
Shows the Mozilla Public License
Shows licensing and rights information
Shows the Firefox Logo
Displays the plugins that are currently installed in Firefox
Shows the arguments and options used to compile the Firefox build in use
Shows information about the data in the browser cache
Shows details of crashes submitted by Mozilla’s crash reporter
Shows detailed memory usage
Shows troubleshooting information
Shows the page which is displayed when a malware website is encountered in Firefox
Functional About Pages
Shows the Firefox configuration information. You can tweak the Firefox functionality using this config page
Gives the option to restore the last browsing session
Shows the error page when the SSL/TLS page is untrusted
Shows the page when feeds are displayed
Shows the error page when the browser is not able to access the requested page
Shows the permissions page where you can see the permissions given by the user for each visited website including password storage information, location sharing, pop-ups allowance, offline storage etc
Shows vital stats about Firefox performance
Shows the information about performance, hardware, usage and customizations collected by Telemetry. This information is submitted to Mozilla to help improve Mozilla Firefox. Telemetry is disabled by default. You can enable it from this page
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