Firefox Guide

Used to internet explorer or Google Chrome? This guide will help you learn how to use the basics of Firefox, a popular and highly customizable internet browser created by Mozilla. Because of Firefox being popular in customization and having a long term community is home to many popular browser plugins. In this tutorial, we’ll be focusing on the basic button and functions layout along with mini customizations and how to tinker with plugins. Although, it has drawbacks like high memory usage, tons of old, outdated plugins and it being slower than Google Chrome, it makes up for those who wants to deck out their browser in every way possible.

Installing Firefox

There are different versions of Firefox actually. Each version has different updates rather than different features. For example, Firefox Nightly have the latest builds without stability in concern, while Firefox Beta ploys as a pre launch for the standard Firefox updates so it’s more stable. In this case, we are going to talk about the standard Firefox because it is stable than the others (I don’t think it would make a difference if you used the others though, but I personally use Firefox Aurora. You can get Firefox along with different versions from their website (if for some reason you want the latest of the latest, it’s over here).

Basic GUI

Like any other browser, it should be simple of what to navigate with. The URL box is for your address of a website, along with a Google search box on the right of it. There are little buttons like the Bookmarks menu, the Downloads menu and your home page button. The tabs menu should be familiar, but most of the tweaking gets put inside the ‘Firefox’ drop down menu. In here, we have the standard file menu along with an ‘Add-ons’ hyperlink page button an ‘Options’ menu button. In you rather have a bookmarks menu under your URL instead of having to bring out the bookmarks menu, you would right click on the space out of the URL and Search bar typing space, and press ‘Bookmarks Toolbar’. Notice that you can also bring up the ‘Menu Bar’ and ‘Add-on Bar’. The menu bar is your standard ‘File, Edit, View’ and etc., while your Add-on Bar is where configuration showed by add-ons is shown. We’re only going to show the Bookmarks Toolbar, and Navigation Toolbar.

If you want to bookmark something, you can right click in the Bookmark Toolbar space, and press ‘new Bookmark…’ You may also organize data by adding a folder, separators for clenched up space and sort automatically A to Z. You can also add bookmarks with the shortcut ‘Ctrl+D’, don’t forget to customize it by editing the name and placing it where you want it (the folder drop down menu). You can bring up your Bookmarks menu by pressing the button near the Search Bar, or with the shortcut ‘Ctrl+B’. There is an integrated search bar in the menu, so if you have hundreds of bookmarks like me, it’ll save you some time. The downloads menu displays your recently downloaded files, you can click on ‘Show All Downloads’ to bring up a Library with a few tabs, this tab will be determined depending on what you clicked on prior to its opening. Since we clicked on the downloads button, it’ll open the downloads tab for us. As you download something, you can visit that folder with the button on the right of its entry, or clear it by right clicking it and pressing ‘Remove From History’. You can clear all downloads by a button on the top of the menu, ‘Clear Downloads’.

The home button will of course, bring you to your home page. If you want to change your homepage, you would click on Firefox, and then bring up the ‘Options’ menu. You can choose what happens if Firefox starts, change the homepage to the current page you’re on or use a bookmark, or to restore it to default. If you want to view your browse history, click on ‘Firefox’ then ‘History’. It’ll bring up the library along with the history tab and then you can see entries and its name, location and tabs. You can also import or backup your history by clicking on ‘Import and Backup’ on the top bar, as well as change organization and view. A search bar is also implemented so you can pinpoint a specific previously visited website. The navigation pane on the left allows you to switch through tabs, and submenus from one. The ‘History’ tab allows you to choose a day or month to when you viewed a site, and will never go away unless you delete your history or browsing data. This is a good feature if you don’t have the greatest computer in the world.

Fun facts about FireFox

All you internet masters out there you probably already know about what I'm going to tell you next. Buckle your seats up because this browsers gives you the power to set site specific cookies with a new permission manager. This new manager will help you with your new custom bowser. With all that freedom didn’t you guess you had more power towards privacy than most browsers (aka firefox Aurora with its great privacy customizable) you even have panorama.

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