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Disable the Splash Screen in Portable Firefox (and Other Portable Apps)

Portable applications are cool because you can run them on any machine from your thumb drive. What isn’t cool is the annoying splash screens that appear when launching the apps. Here’s how to disable the annoyance.

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In this example we are using Portable Apps version 1.6.1.

Disable Splash Screen in Portable Firefox 

To disable the Splash Screen, open up Computer and double-click on your flash drive containing PortableApps.

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Now browse to the following location…

PortableApps\FirefoxPortable\Other\Source

In this directory you’ll find the file FirefoxPortable.ini. Open this file with Notepad…

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This ini file should look similar to the shot below. By default, the line DisableSplashScreen=False … we just need to change False to True.

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Then make sure to save the change…

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Now copy the FirefoxPortable.ini file we just edited.

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Then go back to the main directory PortableApps \ FirefoxPortable and paste it there.

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That is all there is to it! Now when you launch Portable Firefox, you won’t have to wait while the Splash Screen displays before you can start using it.

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If you ever want to revert back to having the Splash Screen display, all you’ll need to do is delete FirefoxPortable.ini from PortableApps \ FirefoxPortable.

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The process is essentially the same in other PortableApps as well. Just follow the steps shown above. For example here we’re disabling the Splash Screen from KeePassPortable by going into the thumb drive PortableApps \ KeePassPortable \ Other \ Source and changing the KeePassPortable.ini file for DisableSplashScreen to equal True. Save it…

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Then copy it to the main KeePassPortable directory…

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If you are annoyed by having to see the Splash Screen every time you launch a portable app, following these steps rids the annoyance!

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  • Published 06/16/10

Comments (17)

  1. Thiago Gutenberg

    Yes! This splashscreen of PortableApps.com is very annoying… Thank you for the tip. Hey, for KeePass if you wanna a portable version of it (without the splashscreen) you can download it directly from the official website ( http://keepass.info/download.html ).

    Greetings from Brazil =]

  2. Strodtbeck

    Thanks! I use a lot of portableapps and the splash screen has always driven me a little nuts. Never stopped long enough to figure out how to stop it.

  3. nakul

    nice i was thinking about disabling it but was not able to do it myself. also have you tried their portable software maker?

  4. Ace

    Why not to just edit the ini file the main application directory?

  5. Still confused

    Changing the .ini as instructed here does NOT work for my Portable Firefox app (v3.6.3). The Portable Apps splash screen continues to appear.

    I read the Readme.txt and it seems like what it’s saying is that the .ini file is not necessarily read when Portable Firefox initializes. I’m good at following detailed instructions, but not a guru at this. Anyone have helpful advice?

  6. Mysticgeek

    @Still Confused:

    Did you copy the edited file back to the application directory?

  7. Barbarosa

    @ Still Confused

    I had a similar problem. There were various FFPort .ini files in various subfolders. I changed or added the new splashscreen line in all of them, and the splash screen still came up.

    I then noticed that there was not a .ini file in the main folder. I copied the FirefoxPortable.ini from the Other subfolder into the main folder and made the splash setting “true” in the main folder copy. It worked. No more splashscreen.

  8. aziz

    i just worked, now i can open my portable email client thunderbird without a splash screen
    thanx…

  9. John T. Haller

    The INI need to be moved from FirefoxPortable\Other\Source to FirefoxPortable\ so the launcher can see it. We don’t include it in FIrefoxPortable\ by default so we don’t mess up any changes the user has already made. All our apps work this way.

    For anybody that wants to disable all their splash screens at once without editing any config files, it’s a feature in the upcoming PortableApps.com Platform 2.0. We’ve made the feature available as a preview here:
    http://portableapps.com/node/23987

  10. ChookCHooks

    That’s just sweet !
    Thanks for sharing :D

    chookchooks.com

  11. Ozan Ozen

    Hi,
    Thx. great work…. but i don’t disable splash screen. i want to change splash screen to my picture. how can i change splash screen ?

    thx.

  12. Abhijeet Pathak

    Thanks a lot!!

  13. Ozan Ozen

    SO HOW can i change this picture ? dont disable just change

  14. Fábio Reche

    Perfect! thanks :)

  15. Larry

    Why not just change your shortcut to point to Firefox.exe instead of pointing to FirefoxPortable.exe?

  16. Markus

    The most detailed guide in the web. Thanks

  17. Markus

    Works with Version 6.0.2

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