Browser updates rarely count as big news. Microsoft is one of the few companies that release major browser builds and those too are often underwhelming. Firefox, Chrome, and Opera all follow a rapid release cycle. Several new versions of these browsers are released every year. Few of these versions have anything that can be construed as a major feature or improvement. Firefox 57 is going to be the rare exception; it’s implementing multiprocesses. In truth, if you’re running Firefox 54 or above, you already have this new feature. You just need to enable it. Here’s how you can enable multiprocess in Firefox right.
Check If Multiprocess Is Enabled
It is possible that you already have multiprocess enabled in Firefox. To check if you do, open a new tab and type about:support in the address bar. Look for the Multiprocess Windows field and check if it’s enabled or not.
Enable Multiprocess In Firefox
If multiprocess isn’t enabled by default, you will need to change a few Firefox preferences. Open a new tab and type about:config in the address bar. Accept the on-screen warning.
Look for the following preference and set its value to 1
Next, look for this preference and set its value to False
Finally, right-click this value and reset it.
This will enable multiprocess in Firefox but with some limitations. It’s not going to give you the full, optimized Firefox that version 57 will bring. Multiprocess is enabled but it still has limitations. Second, add-ons are a problem. They may prevent Firefox from running multiprocesses.
To check which add-on is a problem, you need an add-on called, Add-on Compatibility Reporter. Once you install this add-on, open the add-on manager in Firefox. Go to about:addons or tab Ctrl+Shift+A. This add-on will add additional information about the add-ons you have installed.
Look for the ‘Multi-process is not enabled’ message next to an add-on to determine if it’s compatible or not. If you find an add-on that isn’t compatible, you’re going to have to remove it. There’s no remedy for this unless the developer decides to make the add-on compatible with multiprocesses.
You can off-load using multiprocess if you have an incompatible add-on that you simply cannot work without however, we’re already on version 56 of Firefox. The release of Firefox 57 isn’t far away. You will either have to stick with an older version of the browser, or you will need to disable multiprocess in the newer version.