Mozilla Firefox 1.0.1

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  Configuring Mozilla 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:


Working with tabbed browsing:

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.  for example, if I'm on and I want to go to another site, I can do the following:

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


Another tab pops up.

I can then type the address of the site I'd like to visit and then toggle between the two sites.  If you want more than two tabs, open up more tabs.


There are many other options with which you'll want to familiarize yourself.  To access these options, do the following:

On the Toolbar, click Tools and select Options from the menu.


Setting the Home Page:

The Options window opens.

On the left you'll see a column of icons.  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 Mozilla Firefox.  It can be any page you'd like.  You can also use a blank page.


Configuring the proxy:

Most Internet Service Providers offer many services.  Two of these services are content filtering and browsing acceleration.  Both of these can be add and edited here in the proxy setup.

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  =  BrowseBlast is a service that can speed up your dial-up connection's browsing and e-mail downloading up to 6 times faster.  If you don't already have BrowseBlast, you can contact your ISP for more details.

To enable any of these features, do the following:

Connection:  Click the Connection Settings button.


The Connection Settings screen appears.

Below are two screenshots of the same screen.  The screen you use would depend on whether you have Filtering or Web Acceleration.  The screen on the left shows settings for Filtering whereas the screen on the right is for BrowseBlast.  The proxy addresses and ports are available from your ISP support center.

Click OK when finished.



Clearing the Cache, Cookies, and History:

In the column of icons, select the Privacy icon from the list.

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

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.

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, cookies, and history, click the Clear buttons located to the right of each option.


Blocking pop-up windows:

In the column of icons, select the Web Features icon from the list.

Pop-up windows are small panes (pains) or advertisements that appear when you go to certain web sites.  Some web sites have five, six, seven, and sometimes more pop-up when you go to there 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.


Enable 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.


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