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  Configuring Firefox:

To enjoy all, or at least most, of what the Internet has to offer, it is necessary to configure your browser correctly.  This tutorial shows you some of the most common functions of Mozilla Firefox.  To configure Mozilla Firefox, do the following:

On the Toolbar, click Firefox and select Preferences from the menu.

 

Setting the Home page:

The Preferences window opens.

In the left-hand column, highlight General.

Home Page  =  To the right you can set your home page.  A home page is the first page that opens when you launch Firefox.  It can be any page you'd like.  In this example, we entered "http://www.netfaqs.com/".  You can also use a blank page.

Connection  =  Most Internet Service Providers offer many services.  Two of these services are Content filtering and Browsing Acceleration.  They can be added and edited here.

Click the Connection Settings button.

 

The Configure Proxies to Access the Internet window drops down.

Content filtering  =  Blocks access to unwanted and undesirable web content such as pornographic, violent, or risqué sites.  Contact your Internet Service Provider to see if this service is offered.

Browsing Acceleration  =  Browsing acceleration can increase your browsing speed up to 6x faster than a normal dial-up connection.  Contact your Internet Service Provider to see if this service is offered.

If you know the address and port your ISP utilizes for these services, you can enter them in now.

Click the OK button when finished.

 

Clearing the History:

In the left-hand column, highilght Privacy.

History  =  The history is a folder containing a list of every site visited during a certain time period.

To clear the History, click the Clear button located to the right.

 

When you enter information on a Web page or in the address bar, Firefox remembers it so you don't have to type it out the next time you visit the page or fill out a form.

To clear this information, click the Clear button located to the right.

 

Clearing the Cookies:

Cookies  =  Cookies are a necessary evil on the Internet.  Cookies are small files left on your computer to aid in quicker access upon return.  However, some sites gather information from you through the use of cookies.  As annoying as they can be, you need them to be able to access certain sites (i.e., bank and credit union sites).  Without them you cannot access these sites and certain others.

To clear the cookies, click the View button.

 

The following window drops down.

To remove one cookie at a time, highlight the undesired cookie and click the Remove Cookie button.  To remove all cookies, simply click the Remove All Cookies button.

When finished, click the OK button.

 

Clearing the Cache:

Cache  =  The cache is a folder containing all the files (text and images) of the sites you visit.  Every word, icon, photo, etc. of the pages you visit are stored in this folder.  Depending on your surfing habits, they can build up quickly.  They should be deleted periodically to improve browsing performance.

To clear the Cache, click the Clear button located to the right.

 

Blocking Pop-up windows:

In the left-hand column highlight Web Features.

Pop-up windows are small panes (sometimes pains) or advertisements that appear when you go to certain web sites.  Some web sites have five, six, seven, and sometimes more pop-ups when you go to their page.  Needless to say, this can be extremely annoying.  Mozilla Firefox has a built-in pop-up blocker.

To the right check the box Block Popup Windows.  This should block most pop-ups.

 

Enabling Java and JavaScript:

Java & JavaScript are integral programming languages of the Internet.  Many designers utilize these when creating their web sites.  In order to view these web sites the way they're intended to be viewed, you should have Java and JavaScript enabled.

To enable these languages, select Enable Java and Enable JavaScript.

 

Tabbed Browsing:

In the left-hand column, highlight Advanced.

Double click Tabbed browsing to expand its menu.

Mozilla Firefox allows you to browse the web using multiple tabs instead of multiple windows.  This way you have one window open with several tabs within that window.  You can then switch between tabs instead of windows. 

 

To utilize tabbed browsing, do the following:

In this example, we're visiting www.netfaqs.com and we want to go to www.google.com.

On the Toolbar, click File and select New Tab from the menu (you can also hit Command+T on the keyboard).

 

Another tab pops up.

We then type the address of the site we'd like to visit (Google) and then toggle between the two sites.  If you want more than two tabs, open up more tabs.

 

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