How To: Rapidly Restart Mac Firefox

I am not going to lie, Firefox for OS X is horrible reliability-wise. It crashes all the time, uses exorbitant amounts of physical and virtual RAM, sometimes won't let you use the address bar... you get the point. The best fix is to restart Firefox whenever it begins acting sluggish, selfishly uses a lot of your CPU, etcetera. Unfortunately, that seems to happen more often than I'd like.

I was reading a post on The Apple Blog about a similar fix for getting Quicksilver to act properly when I immediately thought how this could be used to remedy my Firefox woes. Below I'll show you how to create a similar Automator action which runs simple shell commands in the background to restart your sluggish browser.

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Firefox dialog you might see after restarting Firefox. I recommend selecting Restore Session.

Hopefully this little Automator workflow will save you from doing too many three finger salutes to speed up your Firefox browser.

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"How To: Rapidly Restart Mac Firefox" by @Stammy

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