How to Configure Firefox by heatherrhunt

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									How to Configure Firefox
 1. Open Firefox by double-clicking the icon on the desktop or going to Start-All
    Programs-Mozilla Firefox.

 2. You will be prompted with the Import Wizard the first time you start Firefox.
    If you have been using Internet Explorer, Netscape or Mozilla as your
    primary browser and have bookmarks and other options set in them, you
    can import that information into Firefox on this screen. If you have not used
    another browser or have no information you want to import choose “Don’t
    import anything” and click “Next>”




 3. Next Firefox will check to see if you want to set it as your Default Browser.
    Your default browser is the one that pops up when you click on a link, for
    example.

    If you want Firefox as the default, uncheck “Always perform this check when
    starting Firefox” and click “Yes” (NOTE: You can always make changes
    later.) If you don’t want it as the default browser click “No”
  4. When Firefox opens click “Tools” then “Options”




5. The first window you see in the Options is the “General” tab. Here you can set
your homepage and change Firefox to/from the default browser.
6. Under the Privacy tab, you can make many important changes. We will walk
through some. The first tab under Privacy is “History.” Your history file is a
recording of all the websites you visit. The default is to save those website
addresses for 9 days. You can make this shorter or longer.




7. The second tab under Privacy is “Saved Forms.” If you want Firefox to
remember information you type in online forms and the search bar, you can leave
this checked. If not, uncheck it. You can also click “Clear Saved Form Data Now”
to delete saved information at anytime.
8. The third tab under Privacy is “Passwords.” This is where you can set Firefox to
remember your web page passwords (not recommended). You can also “View
Saved Passwords” by clicking that button.




  9. The fourth tab under Privacy is “Download History.” When you download
     files in Firefox the history is saved like the website history. You can choose
     how you want to “Remove files from the Download Manager” by using the
     drop-down menu. The default is “Manually” and this means that you’ll have
     to remove the files from the list yourself. We recommend setting this to
     “Upon Successful Download” to save you time. You can also “View
     Download History” by clicking that button, if you’ve chosen to save it
10. The fifth tab under Privacy is “Cookies.” Cookies are bits of information
collected by websites and stored on your computer. Examples of cookies are
login information. You can decide how long to keep cookies here and look at
them by clicking the “View Cookies” button. You can also clear them by clicking
the “Clear Cookies Now” button.




11. The last tab under Privacy is the “Cache.” The cache consists of the pages
you view on the Internet. They are saved on your computer to make surfing
faster. The default cache is 50MB but we recommend setting this smaller to
save your disk space. You can clear the cache by clicking the “Clear Cache
Now” button.
12. The third Options button is Content. You should leave these set to the default.




13. The fourth button is Tabs. One of the features of Firefox is the tab browsing.
This means that when you open a new web page it appears as another tab and to
look at the previous page, you just click it’s tab. You can make changes to that
browsing method on this page. The defaults are fine.
14. The fifth link is Downloads. This sets where you want files downloaded via
Firefox to be saved and actions to take on downloaded files. Again, the defaults
are fine.




15. The Advanced area has three tabs that we will look at. The first is “General.”
The default settings are appropriate.
16. The second tab is “Update” and this allows you to set how you want Firefox
updates. The defaults are best here too.




17. The last tab is “Security” and you can leave the defaults.




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