Firefox, the award-winning Web browser produced by Mozilla, is a Web browser that is recommended by ITS. This 1-on-1 documentation provides an introduction to using Firefox and describes the features of this browser.
When you first open a Firefox browser, your screen will look very similar to the one shown below:
The navigation toolbar contains many buttons and boxes that are useful when using the browser. Each of them is included below, along with a brief description.
There are multiple ways to open a website in a tab. You would want to open a tab to save you from having multiple windows. There are two basic ways to open a website in a tab, opening a blank tab and opening a tab from a website.
1. Opening a Blank Tab – There are two ways to do this, the following covers each.
1. Quick Tab – Simply use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + T (or CMD + T on Macs)
2. New Tab – Click on File > New Tab
2. Opening a Tab From a Website – Simply right click on the link and Open Link in New Tab
Bookmarking websites are a way to make it easy for you to simply click on an Icon to jump to some of your favorite websites or websites that you view on a regular basis. To bookmark a webpage do the fallowing steps.
1. Click Bookmarks > Bookmark This Page… or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + D (or CMD + D on Macs).
2. Title the bookmark under the Name field and choose the correct sub folder.
3. Click OK
Sometimes you collect way too many bookmarks and they need to be deleted or arranged in folders so they are conveniently located depending on what you want view. To do this use the Organize Bookmarks menu:
Your web browser cache is a stored version of some of the more frequently used websites, cookies and other types of web browser data. It is important to clean this data out for sometimes it causes problems with updated websites and viewing current data that may have been inserted into the webpage. The following step will clear your cache.
1. Click Tools > Clear Recent History…
2. Select a time range to clear from the drop-down menu.
3. Make sure that Browsing & Download History, Form & Search History, Cookies, and Cache are all checked and click Clear Now
If the “remember passwords for sites” option is activated, Firefox will offer to remember passwords of web login forms that allow saving of passwords. Some sites, such as My.luther.edu and many banking sites, are programmed to not allow web browsers to save the password to protect the security of information behind those logins. If you change a password, you will need to remove the site from Firefox’s saved password list so that Firefox will prompt you to save the new password. The following steps will remove sites from your saved password list:
1. Click Tools > Options
2. Click the Security option
3. Click the Saved Passwords… button
4. Select the site you would like to remove and click the Remove button
The next time you visit the site you should now be prompted to save your new password or to never save passwords for the site.