Primary Guidelines & Tips for MX5: Customize Your Settings

Nowadays, I believe for most of you guys, from “hardware” like the dress and shirts you wear to software like mobile apps you use, there are more and more requirements for personalization and customization. Then as your gate to the Internet, of course, MX5 settings could also be customized.

Today we will give a detailed introduction to Maxthon settings. Please feel free to use Ctrl+F when you need to search for certain content.

All customized settings could be found from Menu>Settings. In this blog, we will mainly introduce part of “General”, “Gestures & Shortcuts” and “Advanced”. (“Functions & Addons” has been mentioned in our previous post about users interface, and “Privacy & Content” will be talked about next time. Please stay tuned.)



Open on startup determines what page will be displayed when you start your MX5 browser. You can make it one of the followings:

  1. Start your browsing with a certain website as your homepage. Check “Homepage” and click “Manage Homepage”, you will be able to edit the page’s URL as your homepage. After entering the URL, click “OK” and the homepage setting will be saved.1
  2. Start your browsing with the Quick Access/Quick Dial sites. To achieve that, check “New tab” and next time QA page will be your homepage.
  3. Start your browsing with the last session. It will show all pages that you didn’t close when you exit or close the browser last time.


Default search engine tells which search engine you will use when you search directly on Quick Access page or address bar.

2By clicking the triangle icon, you can choose your preferred search engine from the built-in options, for which the URL and sorting order could be edited from Search Engines Management. You can even add some more items from our recommended search engines.


Default browser I think we don’t need to tell too much about it. If you like Maxthon browser, then keep it as your default browser without hesitation! ;D


Magic Fill Settings are more related with Passkeeper. Do you still remember that in our previous blog about Passkeeper, there’s an “Autosaved Passwords” session? It keeps all passwords autosaved by the browser, and in Magic Fill Settings, if you check “Auto” option, these passwords and accounts information will be filled automatically to the right website, thus making full use of the Passkeeper feature of MX5.


Warn on exit could be checked if you need the browser to ask you for confirmation. This is usually used when you have multiple tabs are open and the browser needs to check whether you want to close all tabs or only the foreground one.

3If you don’t want to receive this warn anymore, you can disable it from this session, or check “Do not ask again” directly when it pops up.


System tray icon is the small icon shown in the end of your system taskbar. Do you want MX5’s icon to be shown in system task bar? If yes, then check “Always show icon in system tray”. If you want to hide your MX5 to system tray icon, then check “Minimize to system tray” or “close to system tray” when you want to close it directly.



New tab position gives you options where you want the new tab to be placed when you already have some tabs on the run. You can choose to put the new tab to the right of the current page, or to the right of all open tabs.


New tab action tells on which occasion a new tab will be brought up instead of changing directly on the current page. For example, if you check “Open a new tab from the address bar”, then next time when you type in a URL in address bar and click “Enter”, the target URL will be opened in a new tab. But if you uncheck it, the target URL will be opened directly in the current page.



Close tab gives you clues about some shortcuts for closing tab, and which page you will be switched to after closing current tab.



Appearance here refers to the appearance of tabs and browser buttons. If you want the close button of background tabs to be shown, then check “Show Close Tab button on background tabs”; If you don’t want the browser to show Maximize, Minimize and Close button, then uncheck “Always show maximize, minimize and close button”.



Browser language is where you can set your browser’s language. Please notice that to make the installation file smaller, only your system language and English language are included in installation file and could be switched directly. For more others, you may need two steps to customize the language of your browser.

Firstly, click “Add language” and choose your required language in the next box. Don’t remember to click “OK” to save it and then this new language will be downloaded.

Secondly, after that you will see this language from the first primary menu. Select it from the triangle icon, and your browser will be switched to that language.



Download Settings allows you to set the default downloaders in Maxthon5 (if you have external downloaders installed in your system).


Gestures & Shortcuts

In many “old” Maxers’ eyes, Maxthon browser is famous for its shortcuts and mouse gestures. We keep and improve some great and handy gestures in Maxthon5 browser. As above, you can also customize it by yourself.


Quick save images is a shortcut that allows you to save images directly by clicking while holding the CTRL key. You can also customize the default save location for these downloaded images here.


Drag and Drop is a handy and convenient shortcut. After it is enabled, you can open links directly in a new tab when you drop and drag with your mouse.



Mouse Gesture is the session where you can customize all your mouse gestures in “Mouse Gesture Management”, including the color of mouse gesture trail and the definition of each gesture. Your mouse gestures could be totally customized according to your own usage.



Customize shortcuts Similar with mouse gesture above, in this session you can personalize all shortcuts by adding, deleting or editing, to make MX5 your own browser.




Smart Address Bar is called “Smart” because after it is checked, some history URLs will be shown in suggestions when you are typing in the address bar.



Navigation is mainly about some shortcuts to certain URLs. If you have some websites that are used frequently, you can go directly to this URL by URL Shortcut key or URL Alias.


For the former, URL Shortcut key, you can set some favorite sites to your F1-F12 keys, and next time when you click these function keys, you will go directly to the corresponding URL without typing in complete URL in address bar.

For the latter, URL Alias, it is similar with above, but not limited to only F1-F12. You can “name” a URL with a short name, and next time when you type in this “name” (instead of full URL), you will go directly.


Address Bar is an option that allows your browser to display full URL instead of only the main domain in the address bar. After checking this box, you will have classical address bar with full URL shown.



Page Zoom lets you set the zoom value of your page. It could be selected from suggested value, or you can type in the exact value you want.


Web page display is about all pages’ display in this browser. Here you can adjust the web page font and decide whether to enable DirectWrite rendering.


Browsing allows you to make some default settings in Ultra Mode and Retro Mode. If you don’t want the browser to choose an adaptive mode for different websites, you can check “Always use Ultra Mode” to disable Retro Mode for all websites.


Shortcut bar is a setting for Shortcut bar (also called “favorite bar” sometimes). If you have bookmarks or bookmark folders in shortcut bar, the icons for these bookmarks and folders will be hidden after you checking this option. (If shortcut bar/favorite bar is not available in your browser, please go Mene>View>Customize UI>Favorites bar to enable it at first)



Vidoe float bar controls the pop-up box on the right corner of a video, which shows “Download” & “Pop-up”. If this item is unchecked, this pop-up box will not be shown for videos. So if you couldn’t get the pop-up notification for videos, you can come here and check whether this option is checked.



Proxy Settings helps you decide whether you need to use a proxy in Maxthon 5 browser, and you can also custom your own proxy by clicking “Manage Proxy”.



Spell Check is a handy function in Maxthon browser. Once enabled, when you are typing in Maxthon browser, the edit box will give some error notification when a wrong spelling is detected.



Certificate Management gives you a list of all website certificates installed in your Maxthon browser, including personal certificates, certification authorities, and also untrusted publishers.



Though put in “Others”, the three contents here are all important.

The first one is cache location. You can customize the cache location in your computer by clicking “Browse” button here.

The second one is about our User Experience Improvement Program (UEIP). You can join this program by checking before this item, but this program is unchecked by default. If you want to know more about UEIP, click “More” to expand detailed introduction.

Customize UserAgent string is a function that allows you to change different UserAgent. Even though you are using Maxthon browser, you can still present your browser to websites as IE, Firefox, Chrome…as long as you have the right UserAgent strings. Sometimes when you couldn’t open certain websites, but there’s no problem in other browsers, you can try changing UserAgent here.

UserAgent setting is an advanced function, so we recommend that you read more about the UserAgent setting before attempting to change it.

You can learn more about UserAgent by clicking “More” or find it here.


Well, above is a primary guideline about Maxthon settings. Hope it could help you customize your Maxthon5 browser. For any question, please feel free to contact us at any time!

Happy browsing!





34 responses to “Primary Guidelines & Tips for MX5: Customize Your Settings”

  1. Brad Avatar

    What an informative blog post! Thanks so much for the intro and knowledge. Now I’m switching to MX5 from MX4. Great job guys!

    1. maxthon Avatar

      WOW! the FIRST comment under this post! Thanks Brad 😉

    1. maxthon Avatar

      I’m happy that it could be helpful for you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any problems during using!

      1. Samson Avatar


        I am trying to enlarge my icons and font on my bookmark menu panel and my location bar in Maxthon 5.

        Can you walk me through step by on how to do this?

        Thank you…..

  2. Baby Girl Names Avatar

    Thanks for your indo

    1. maxthon Avatar

      Have seen your name under many posts! Thanks for your support!

  3. Baby Names Avatar

    This is a great article, that I really enjoyed reading.

    1. maxthon Avatar

      I’m glad that you like it!

    1. maxthon Avatar

      Thanks Baby!

  4. Ryuzaky Avatar

    I’m trying to put a new wallpaper, and I couldn’t how to find it (I mean, custom wallpaper)

    1. maxthon Avatar

      Hi Ryuzaky, now the latest version of MX5 has supported custom skin feature. You can download the latest version, and upload your own picture as wallpaper.

  5. Andrew McCauley Avatar

    Very useful. Successful finally!

    1. Maxthon Avatar

      Thanks Andrew! If you have any other question in future, let us know at any time. 🙂

  6. Elliot Walker Avatar

    Thanks for the tips.

    1. Maxthon Avatar

      You’re welcome Elliot!

  7. Morris Spick Avatar
    Morris Spick

    How can I change quickly spell check language? Is there the possibility to add 2 or more languages to spell check?

    1. Maxthon Avatar

      Hi Morris, do you mean you want to switch spell check language more quickly? I’m afraid that currently, the only way to switch languages is in the Settings. There’s no shortcut for that.
      Do you often use spell check feature of MX5?

    2. Maxthon Avatar

      Hi Morris, I think this thread in Maxthon forum may be helpful for you:

  8. Dan Avatar

    Thanks for the great tips! Love reading your forum..thanks again!

  9. MerryMarjie Avatar

    Great help for users, thanks. Now, I need to increase the font size in the headers: bookmarks bar, web page titles, address bar, etc. It now uses a very tiny font, and I have a hard time reading the names (OK, I’m old, but even with glasses, it’s hard to see). I can’t seem to find an add-on to increase any of it. It USED to be just fine, but with the great, new releases this year, the font has become tinier and tinier.

    Is there any way to do this now? Or should I suggest this somewhere else?

    1. Maxthon Avatar

      Hi, I’m sorry for that inconvenience caused to you. I have forwarded your suggestion to the product team for their consideration, and I hope we can find a solution ASAP. Meanwhile, I suggest that you try change the system font size from Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Display.
      Hope it could help you, and if you have any other question, please feel free to contact our technical support team by emailing to
      Maxthon Team

  10. Dominik Avatar

    Really enjoying using this browser. I find it faster than firefox. Some small issues which your community forum has helped me solve. I am converted!

    1. Maxthon Avatar


  11. Tarek Avatar

    Been using maxthon for as long as i can remember, nice going guys!

    But if i may give one small suggestion, can we make the new tab background customizable (image or gif/live wallpaper)?
    Not just for the looks of it, but for performance as well, i think if someone (with probably slow PC/internet) prefers performance, so he’d like a normal image background.

    And again, great job on the MX5!

    1. Maxthon Avatar

      Hi Tarek, thank you so much for your appreciation and support!
      This post was published many days ago, but a good news is that in the latest version of MX5 browser, the background picture of new tab page has supported custom uploaded pictures and gif.
      Try it! 🙂

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    I could not find an answer for my problem so here goes, every time I open mx5 the url added to my favorite list displayed on the page(Maxthon Now) go away only the ones that come with the page are there,its a pain to have to keep adding my oft used urls every time,can you help me with this? Thank You.

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  15. aris95 Avatar

    About the mobile android version of Maxthon, is there a way to add the “Quit browser” – menuitem to the android browser menu system ? I didn’t find any suitable add-on ?

  16. Dan Avatar

    nice article, thank you

  17. Samson Avatar

    How can I increase the size of the font size in the headers: bookmarks bar, web page titles, address bar, etc…… The font size are to small to read. Firefox has a add-on to increase the above issues.

    Thank you in advance for your quick response….


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