Manually load (show or hide) images - Firefox 12.0
After searching a few times for a current solution to turn on/off whether images load with Firefox, and not really finding anything that stands out as the right solution (easiest, readily apparent, posts newer than 3yrs ago), I found a way to turn on images pretty quickly using built-in Firefox utilities. Well, I can tolerate the process, at least. Moreso than the ads that flood in if I don't.
First off - If you are not seeing File/Edit/View/History/Boomarks/Tools/Help
menus in your Firefox 12.0 window's title bar, then you need to right-click on the void space in line with where the tabs are (not too high up on the drag bar or all you get is a Win 7 menu) and put a tick in Menu Bar.
Now go to Tools>Options>
and uncheck Load images automatically
You have just made the default state of Firefox to NOT display images when you visit a URL or open a compatible web file.
**If you open a URL and you want to see the images, you can use keyboard shortcuts to open the Page Info
**Shortcut is Alt+T, then I.
**Choose the Permissions
icon in the Page Info Window
**Un-tick Load Images>Use Default
**Change the radio button on the right to "Allow"
**Use the shortcut F5 to reload the page, or if you're one of the Comcast Slowski turtles you can right click on the tab and "reload tab".
Notice how the Page Info
window is specific to the tab/window you are viewing.
My screen cap of Page Info cap shows sevenforums at the top. This is important because to control show/hide images this way you have to use a page info window unique to each tab.
All in all that's six operations (if you count the shortcut as 2) to show images. That sucks, in my opinion, but the good news is, I only want to see images on about 50% of the pages I visit. For example, sevenforums
is not one of them. Forums and blog pages image content is mostly adds and fill.
Now, some forums and web pages DO NOT LIKE when you suppress their images. One great example is the Honda CBR 1000 motorcycle forum 1000RR.net If I try to log in to this forum with images hidden, it will crash the browser.
If you visit certain pages with images turned off they crash Firefox. If one of your Firefox tabs stalls indefinitely when you are trying to load it with the default "no image" setting, you will have to close Firefox. You can try right-clicking on the tab and using "Close tab". Good luck. Windows Task Manager>Applications
tab shows an option to close only ONE tab, but I still lose everything. (Aren't I so happy I wrote this post in Notepad and not in the sevenforums New Thread text editor, because I crashed Firefox in the middle of all this.) If this happens, on Win 7 x64 and Firefox 12.0 you must also go to Win Task Mgr>Processes
and manually kill firefox.exe *32 or you won't be able to launch it again.