How To Prevent Automatic Image Loading In Mozilla Firefox

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Prior to the age of internet broadband, webmasters were used to thoroughly optimizing their images before uploading it to their website, to enable easy website loading. And with the advent of fast broadband internet, loading a 3MB website that was hertherto almost impossible, has become a breeze. However, the improvement of broadbant internet has equally attracted great financial constraint to an average internet subscriber, hence the introduction of various data cap on most internet service plans.

Faced with very limited internet plans in Nigeria for example, subscribers have deviced various means of guarding against data wastage and managing their subscription allowance judiciously. In this tutorial, lets consider how to save data by turning off Firefox browser image display feature.

How to Prevent Automatic Image Loading in Mozilla Firefox 23+ Versions

With Mozilla Firefox 23 and later releases, the options Disable Javascript and Load Images Automatically have been officially removed from the main menu user interface, for security and safety reasons. In previous versions of Firefox, users could turn off the Load Images Automatically option in order to minimize their internet bandwidth usage. Now, with the release of Mozilla Firefox 23 and later versions, it is not possible to disable image loading directly from main menu.

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Steps to Disable/Enable Automatic Image Loading with About:config Settings

1. In the address bar, type about:config, and press Enter.
2. Click I’ll be careful, I promise.
3. In the search bar, search for permissions.default.image.
4. Right-click the result named permissions.default.image, and click Modify. Then set the permissions.default.image value = 2 (to block all images from loading). To reverse the changes and allow images to load, set permissions.default.image value = 1, which is, by default, the value for loading all images while browsing. And to only block third party images from loading, set permissions.default.image = 3.

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Thanks for for sharing. This just saved my day.

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Prior to the age of internet broadband, webmasters were used to thoroughly optimizing their images before uploading it to their website, to enable easy website loading. And with the advent of fast broadband internet, loading a 3MB website that was hertherto almost impossible, has become a breeze.

This reminds me of those days of internet explorer illegal operation error. Any website that takes time to load or big size will just crash the browser with illegal operation error.

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For every browser, there exist Extension AdBlock (also, there exists Adblock Plus) : For Firefox – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

After instalation, on the right upper corner (along with address bar) there appears an icon. right click on that >Settings> Edit filter> and add these lines

*.gif
*.png
*.jpg
*.bmp
*.swf

and click Save. after this, the images+flash files wont be loaded on sites, but if you want to temporarily enable for specific site, then while you are on that site(page), click the icon and click *Dont run on this page* (or pause). then you can again re-enable.

Anyway, there exist other several extensions to disable image load such as Image Block and ImgLikeOpera (for image blocking) + FlashBlock (for flash blocking)

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Please, what about for Opera and Google Chrome. I need them too pls

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@bashamu: Expect that too. I will walk on it.

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