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How to Use Firefox and Get the Most Out of Your Browser

Want to get the most out of your internet experience? Check out the latest and greatest tips from Mozilla's Firefox.


  • Step 1: Use tabs Browse multiple websites from a single Firefox window with tabs. Click the Plus sign to open a new tab; then, type a URL or search item right into the Location bar, as if it were a new window. Click and drag tabs to reorder them in a window or to move them to their own windows. To close a tab, click the X on the tab's right side.
  • TIP: When searching, switch the search engine you use by clicking on its icon in the search bar.
  • Step 2: Customize the browser Make Firefox's settings work for you. In Windows, select Tools, then Options to set your own homepage, save your tabs for the next time Firefox starts, pick where to store downloaded files, change your tab settings, and much more. On a Mac, click Preferences under the Firefox menu.
  • TIP: You can always restore Firefox's default home page.
  • Step 3: Bookmark pages Firefox makes it easy to find your favorite sites. Just click the star icon in the Location bar to bookmark a page; click it again to edit the bookmark's name and the folder where it's stored or to input searchable tags you can type into the Location bar to find the page quickly.
  • TIP: To view bookmarks in the browser window, press Command and B on a Mac or Control and B on a PC.
  • Step 4: Stay safe Use Firefox for safe and secure browsing, too. Click Clear Recent History under Tools to erase private data, such as your browsing and search history, cookies, and cache, or choose Start Private Browsing and surf the web without saving any traceable data to your computer. Firefox also blocks pop-ups and possibly malicious sites automatically.
  • Step 5: Add more Really want to get the most out of your browser? Check out the add-ons that make Firefox unique -- plug-ins and extensions that provide additional functionality and features, or personas and themes that change Firefox's visuals for a truly personal experience -- and discover how a great browser gets better every day.
  • FACT: The Firefox support website, powered by volunteers from Mozilla's community, has lots of information about using Firefox.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Firefox

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