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Windows 7: Firefox 20 and up: how to get Esc working again to stop animated GIFs!

20 May 2013   #1

 
Firefox 20 and up: how to get Esc working again to stop animated GIFs!

  1. Upgrade to Firefox 20 or above
  2. Install Superstop (no restart required)
  3. Install keyconfig
  4. Go into keyconfig (keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+F12)
  5. Look for "superstop-shortcut" and select it
  6. Click in the text box where you see "Shift+Esc"
  7. Press Esc (so don't type it)
  8. Keyconfig will say "This shortcut is already used by Stop. It might still work, though". This is correct: it does!
  9. Click OK
  10. Click Apply
  11. Click Close
Thanks to this, I'm now using Firefox 21 and I can press Esc to stop animated GIFs again!

I learned this by complaining in this bug on Bugzilla:

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=825486

I would still like to see Mozilla adding an option to Tools > Options or to about:config so that we can toggle the behavior of Esc from the new way back to the old way, but for now this is definitely good enough for me. I mean, it's a million times better than having to press Shift+Esc which is Superstop's default!


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