Advanced preferences: General
This preferences tab provides advanced Pale Moon settings
not categorized elsewhere.
This holds a single accessibility option:
for text when I start typing: This will make the browser launch a text
search in the web page you have open by starting to type. Please note
that this is an option specifically for accessibility use of the
browser. It is recommended to leave this option disabled and use "/" to
start a quick search or "Ctrl+F" to start a full search to avoid
unexpected or ambiguous browser behavior.
This section holds a few general-browsing options:
- Use autoscrolling: This enables the use of "autoscrolling"
mode, which is generally triggered by clicking the mouse wheel. This
mode allows you to drag a special indicator to determine automatic
(hands-free) scrolling speed to set a reading speed for long articles.
- Use hardware acceleration when available: This enables
various ways for the browser to use accelerated hardware to display,
compose, scroll and animate web pages (using your GPU when possible)
which can dramatically speed up the display of web pages. If disabled,
these tasks are performed by your CPU. Disabling this may be required
for some combinations of hardware, system software and video drivers
that may have issues with the way Pale Moon tries tohandle page
compositing and rendering.
- Check my spelling as I type: This enables the built-in
spellchecking engine for text input when you type.
This section determines how Pale Moon behaves in regards to system
integration (default browser settings).
Please note that some operating system configurations don't allow Pale
Moon to set itself as default handler, and you will have to go into the
appropriate control panel of the operating system to do so.
- Always check to see if Pale Moon is the default browser on
startup: If enabled, Pale Moon will do a check when it is launched to
see if it is set as the operating system's default browser or not. If
not, it will ask you if you want to make it the default browser when it
- Button "Make Pale Moon the default browser": This is only
displayed if Pale Moon is not the default browser.
This button allows you to have Pale Moon attempt to set itself as the
operating system's default browser for all supported protocols and file
This section allows you to set how Pale Moon behaves on websites.
v26 and before:
- Checkbox "Use Firefox Compatibility mode": Checking this
box will make Pale Moon act more "like Firefox" to be compatible with
websites that specifically check for mainstream browsers.
- User Agent mode:
This allows you to control the type of user agent (identification) Pale
Moon sends to visited websites:
- Native: This will
send Pale Moon's native string to websites, which indicates only its
own rendering engine (Goanna/xx.xx) and application name
- Gecko compatibility:
The same as Native, but adds a Gecko engine slice to the user agent
string to indicate its common ancestry and general expected behavior to
be roughly in line with Gecko-based browsers.
- Firefox compatibility:
This changes the user agent string to be more "like Firefox" in that it
uses the application version for its engine revision (rv:xx.xx) and
including both a Gecko/x and Firefox/xx.xx slice in the user agent.