Top Firefox Tips

How to make Firefox and websites go full screen

Firefox can expand to fill your entire screen with its Full Screen feature. It’s great for those itty bitty screens on netbooks, making the most of your HDTV or just because you want it to! This article tells all you need to know about it.

Turn on Full Screen

Bigger is better! Fill up your whole screen with Firefox.

  • Click the menu button new FX menu on the right side of the toolbar and select Full Screen.
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Turn off Full Screen

Gimme my computer back! Shrink Firefox back to it’s original size.

  • Click the menu button new FX menu on the right side of the toolbar and select Full Screen.

Keyboard Shortcuts

For those with a good memory. Go Full Screen via the keyboard.

  • Toggle Full Screen keyboard shortcut: command + Shift + F

Create a desktop shortcut to a website

You can use Firefox to create a shortcut on your computer’s desktop to a page you’ve visited:

  1. Resize the Firefox window so you can see both your computer’s desktop and the Firefox window on the same screen.
  2. Click the icon on the left of the address bar (where the URL is shown).
  3. While still holding the mouse button down, move the pointer to the desktop, then release the mouse button. The shortcut will be created.
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You can also drag and drop items to the desktop from the Bookmarks menu and the Library window to create shortcuts.

If you open the shortcut you made, your default browser will open, and display the page for which you made the shortcut. If you want to make Firefox your default browser, see How to make web links open in Firefox by default.

In addition, there may be third-party Firefox extensions that can help you. For more information on searching for and installing extensions, see Find and install add-ons to add features to Firefox.

How to save a web page

Firefox allows you to save a web page to your computer so that you can do things like read it when you’re not connected to the Internet. Here’s how.

Saving a web page

  1. On the menu bar, click on the File menu, and select Save Page As…. The Save As window will appear.
  2. Use the Save As window to select a location on your computer to save the copy of the web page.
  3. In the Save As Type dropdown, choose how you want to save the page:e16d6cccad0b7e534d4e233f2c93c39a-1237167863-544-1.jpg
    • Web page, complete: Save the whole web page along with pictures. This choice allows you to view it as originally shown with pictures, but it may not keep the HTML link structure of the original page. Firefox creates a new directory where the page is saved to save pictures and other files necessary to show the whole web page.
    • Web page, HTML only: Save the original page without pictures. This choice preserves the original HTML link structure in one file.
    • Text files: Save the original page as a text file. This choice will not preserve the original HTML link structure, but will allow you to see a text version of the web page in any text editor.
    • All files: This is equivalent to “Web page, HTML only,” but you may specify a file extension (e.g. “.htm” or “.shtml”).
  4. Click Save. A copy of the page will be saved as the type you specified in the location you chose.

Saving parts of a web page

To save an imageHold down the Ctrl key while you click on the image you want to save, and then select Save Image As… from the context menu. Then select a location on your computer to save the copy of the image.

To save other elements on the page, including images scripts, stylesheets, and more use the Page Info window’s Media panel.

Search the web from the Address Bar

You can perform web searches right from the address bar. Just type in your search terms and hit Enter. Firefox will take you to your default search engine results page. This article will show you how to customize this feature.

Web search in the address bar

When you type in the location bar and press Return, Firefox takes you to search results using the search provider selected in the search bar.

Using another search provider

If you don’t want to use the search provider selected in the search bar, add the smart keyword of the search provider you want to use before your search terms. To learn more about smart keywords, see How to search IMDB, Wikipedia and more from the address bar.

Turning off the web search in the address bar

You can turn off the web search in the address bar by changing a preference.

Note: This preference does not affect smart keyword searches from the Location Bar.
  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Return.
    • The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. ClickI’ll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page.
  2. In the Search field, type keyword.enabled.
  3. Double-click the keyword.enabled preference to set its value to false.

URL autocomplete

In addition to being able to do a web search, before you press Return Firefox will match URLs that you type to the URLs of websites that you’ve been to before. For example, if you type “moz” Firefox may autocomplete “mozilla.org” if you’ve been there before. Pressing Return in this case would take you directly to that address. For more info about the things that Firefox suggests as you type in the address bar, see Awesome Bar – Find your bookmarks, history and tabs when you type in the address bar.

Domain Guessing

If you enter an incomplete URL, Firefox can try to “fix up” the URL by adding a prefix, suffix, or both to what you type. For example, if you type www.microsoft in the Location Bar, Firefox will append .com to complete the URL. If you type mozilla.org, Firefox will prepend www. to complete the URL. This “guessing” is secondary to the web search in the address bar described above – it does not work unless the web search in the address bar is turned off.

Turning off Domain Guessing

You can turn off Domain Guessing by changing a preference.

  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Return.
    • The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. ClickI’ll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page.
  2. In the Search field, type fixup.
  3. Double-click the browser.fixup.alternate.enabled preference to set its value to false.

Changing the prefix or suffix

You can specify a prefix (such as www) or suffix (such as .net) for the Domain Guessing feature.

In the about:config page, double-click the browser.fixup.alternate.prefix orbrowser.fixup.alternate.suffix preference. Enter the prefix or suffix you want Firefox to add to incomplete URLs.

Based on information from Location Bar search (mozillaZine KB)Domain Guessing (Mozilla.org End user documentation), and Internet Keywords (Mozilla.org End user documentation) For details and latest usage check these references.

How to search IMDB, Wikipedia and more from the address bar

Smart keywords are an easy way to search specific websites directly from the Firefox Location bar. Instead of going to the targeted website, finding the search function, and executing the search, you can search the website using Firefox, while you are at any website.For example, suppose you search The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) on a regular basis. You can define a smart keyword to enable searching IMDB through your browser. To search IMDB for information on William Shatner, you would enter the following in the Firefox Location bar:
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To create a smart keyword:

  1. Visit the page on the target website that has the search field that you would normally use to search the site.
  2. Hold down the Ctrl key while you click on the search field. Select Add a Keyword for this Search….Search Address Bar Win2
  3. The Add Bookmark dialog appears. Enter an appropriate name for the bookmark (e.g. “The Internet Movie Database”). Create a keyword (e.g. “imdb”).Search Address Bar Win3
  4. Select the bookmark folder to contain the smart keyword. Click OK.

To use the created smart bookmark, enter the keyword and the search string in the Location bar and then press Return.

Use Tab Groups to organize a lot of tabs

Tab Groups (also known as Panorama) are an easy way to organize a lot of tabs. With Tab Groups, you can visually group related tabs, switch between groups and quickly search through all of your tabs. This article will have you juggling dozens of tabs in no time.

Why should I use Tab Groups?

If you’re a tab addict, regularly ending up with more tabs than fit on the Tab Strip, Tab Groups were made for you. They’re also great for grouping tabs by task and then switching between them. Try out the steps in the rest of this article – you’ll quickly see how useful they are.

How do I create a Tab Group?

If you don’t already have a number of tabs open to work with, do it now.

  1. Enter the Tab Groups view by using the keyboard shortcut, Command + Shift + E.
  2. When you enter the Tab Groups view for the first time, you’ll see thumbnail previews of all of your tabs in one group. To make a new group, simply drag one tab out of the group and then drag a second one on top of it. A box will be drawn around them.
    • You can continue adding tabs to that new group and you can create more groups.
  3. When you are done, just click on a tab to exit the view. You will be returned to Firefox, the tab you clicked on will be active and only the tabs in that group will be visible.
Tip: You can add a Tab Group button to your toolbar to give you easy access. SeeCustomize Firefox controls, buttons and toolbars for instructions.

How do I switch between Tab Groups?

Switching between groups is easy. With a little practice, this becomes almost automatic.

  1. Enter the Tab Groups view by using the keyboard shortcut, Command + Shift + E.
  2. Click on a tab in the group you want to switch to and you’ll exit the view and be returned to Firefox. The tab you clicked on will be active and only the tabs in that group will be visible.
    • The keyboard shortcut, control + ` allows you to go to the next Tab Group andcontrol + shift + ` to the previous Tab Group.

Try it out: Tab Groups are great for grouping tabs by task. For example, you might have a group of tabs related to searching for a gift and another group for paying your bills online. Try creating groups for things you normally do online and use Tab Groups to switch between them. It’s an easy way to stay organized.

How do I search through my tabs?

Quickly find that tab – it’s much easier than finding a needle in a haystack.

  1. Enter the Tab Groups view by using the keyboard shortcut, Command + Shift + E.
  2. Click the search button on the right side of the window to bring up the search box and then just begin typing the name of the tab you’re trying to find.
    • Or just start typing and a search will happen automatically.
  3. As you type, the tabs that match your search will be highlighted. Just click on a tab to select it and be returned to Firefox.
    • If you have more than one Firefox window open, you may see tabs from other windows that match your search listed at the bottom of the window. Clicking one of those will switch you to that Firefox window, tab and group.

How do I organize my Tab Groups?

Tab Groups can easily be resized, rearranged and named. When you’re done with a group you can close it and get rid of all of its tabs at once.

Enter the Tab Groups view by using the keyboard shortcut, Command + Shift + E.

  • Resizing Tab Groups – Click and drag the resize handle at the bottom-right corner of a group to make it bigger or smaller. As you resize the group the tabs will get bigger and smaller accordingly.
    • If you make the group small enough, the tabs will get stacked on top of one another. Below this stack, a preview button will appear. Click the preview button to see what tabs are in the stack without changing the size of the group.
  • Rearranging Tab Groups – Click and drag on an empty area along the sides or bottom of a group to move it around the screen.
  • Naming Tab Groups – Click next to the pencil icon at the top of a group and type in a name for it. Then just hit Return or click on some other area of the window.
  • Closing Tab Groups – Each tab group has a close button in the upper-right corner. Clicking it will close that group and all of its tabs.
    • If you’ve closed a tab group by accident, you can click the Undo Close Group button to restore it before leaving the Panorama view.

Pinned Tabs in Tab Groups

When you are using Pinned Tabs with Tab Groups, they will be represented by their site’s icon on the right side of each tab group.

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How do I share Firefox between people on a computer?

If you share your computer with other people, you may want to prevent them from logging in to your social network account, viewing your stored passwords and changing your bookmarks in Firefox. This article describes basic protections to take.

Use individual user accounts

You should create individual user accounts for each person who regularly uses your computer. This allows each user to have his or her own customization such as the wallpaper and visual style, and his or her own document folders such as the Firefox profile that stores your form history, Internet usernames and passwords, bookmarks, and other personal settings. Each person accesses his or her user account with a username and password.

To create a user account:

For more information on choosing secure passwords, see Create secure passwords to keep your identity safe.

Lock your computer when you are away from it

When you leave your computer, you should lock the screen to prevent other people from using your desktop and accessing your files. You will still be logged in and all your applications will keep running, but you will have to enter your password to use your computer again. You can lock the screen manually, but you can also have the screen lock automatically.

Set a Firefox master password

In case someone would access Firefox if you forgot to lock your computer, you can also set a Firefox master password. For more information, see Use a Master Password to protect stored logins and passwords.

Use mouse shortcuts to perform common tasks in Firefox

This is a list of the most common mouse shortcuts in Mozilla Firefox.

Command Shortcut
Back Opt+Scroll down
Forward Opt+Scroll up
Zoom In Ctrl+Scroll up
Zoom Out Ctrl+Scroll down
Close Tab Middle-click on Tab
Open link in new Tab Middle-click on Link
New Tab Double-Click on Tab Bar
Open in Background Tab* command+Left-click link
Middle-click link
Open in Foreground Tab* command+Shift+Left-click
Shift+Middle-click
Open in New Window Shift+Left-click link
Duplicate Tab or Bookmark Opt+Drag tab
Reload (override cache) Shift+Reload button
Save Page As Opt+Left-click
Scroll line by line command+Scroll

* The Open Foreground and Background Tab shortcuts will be switched if the When I open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately setting is enabled in the Tabs settings panel.

How to search the contents of the current page for text or links

When you are viewing a website in Firefox, you can search for words and phrases on the page. Firefox will show you where the search phrase you’ve typed appears next on the page, and lets you highlight all the places where it appears.

Using the Find bar

To start searching for text on a page:

  1. Open the Find bar:
    • Use the command+F keyboard shortcut.
    • Click on the Edit menu, then select Find.
  2. Type a search phrase into the Find Bar’s Find: field. Firefox will start highlighting instances of your search phrase as you type.
    • If no instances of your search phrase occur on the page you’re viewing, the Find bar will show Phrase not found.

When the Find bar is open, the following actions are available:

  • X: Close the find bar.
  • Next: Highlight the next instance of the search phrase you’ve entered.
  • Previous: Highlight the previous instance of the search phrase you’ve entered.
  • Highlight All: Highlight every instance of the search phrase you’ve entered. ClickHighlight All again to turn off highlighting.
  • Match case: Make searches case sensitive. Normally if you search for search phrase, instances of Search Phrase on the page will also be found when you use the Find bar. If you Match case is selected, only instances of the phrase as you’ve typed it will be found.

Quick Find

The Quick Find bar is useful for quick searches and is meant to disappear after a few moments. It does not have the Next, Previous, or Highlight All buttons like the full Find bar.

Press the / key (forward slash character) to open the Quick Find bar. Then type what you would like to search for.

If you want to find phrases that occur in links on the page you’re viewing:

  1. Type  (single quote character) to bring up the Quick Find (links only) bar.
  2. Type a search phrase into the Quick Find (links only) field. The first link that contains the phrase you’ve typed will be selected.
  3. Press command+G to highlight the next link that contains your search phrase.

To close the Quick Find bar, wait a moment then press the Esc key on the keyboard, or click somewhere in Firefox that is not part of the Quick Find bar.

Find while typing on a page

Firefox can start searching for phrases you enter without having to open the Find bar. To enable this feature:

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Preferences

  2. Select on the Advanced panel.
  3. Click on the General tab.
  4. Check mark Search for text when I start typing.
  5. Close the Preferences window .

After you enable the feature:

  1. Type a search phrase while you are viewing a website. As you type, the first instance of your phrase will be highlighted.
  2. Press command+G or F3 to highlight the next instance of your search phrase.

To close the Quick Find bar, wait a few moments for it to disappear or press the Esc key on the keyboard to close it immediately. You can also click somewhere in Firefox that is not part of the Quick Find bar to close it.

Note: Since the Quick Find bar is meant to disappear after a few moments, it does not have the Next, Previous, or Highlight All commands that the full Find bar has.

If you find that the Quick Find bar interferes with typing in text fields, see Quick find bar opens when typing in text fields.

How to use bookmarks to save and organize your favorite websites

Bookmarks are links to websites that make it easy to get back to your favorite places. This article goes over the basics of making and managing your bookmarks.

How do I bookmark a page?

It’s easy — just click the star!

To create a bookmark, click the star in the toolbar. The star will turn blue and a bookmark for the page you’re on will be created in the Unsorted Bookmarks folder. That’s it!

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Tip: Want to bookmark all of your open tabs at once? Hold down the Ctrl key while you click on any of the tabs and select Bookmark All Tabs… from the context menu. Give the new bookmarks folder a name and choose which folder to store it in. ClickAdd Bookmarks to finish.

How do I change the name and location of a bookmark?

  1. To edit the details of your bookmark, click the star a second time to open the Edit This Bookmark window.
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    • In the Edit This Bookmark box you can change any of these details:
      • Name: This is the name that Firefox displays for the bookmark in menus.
      • Folder: Choose what folder to store your bookmark in by picking one from the drop-down menu (for example, the Bookmarks Menu or Bookmarks Toolbar). In that drop-down menu you can also select Choose… to display a list of all bookmarks folders.
      • Tags: You can use tags to help you search through and organize your bookmarks. For more information, see Bookmark Tags – Categorize bookmarks to make them easy to find.
  2. When you are finished editing, click Done to close the box.

Where can I find my bookmarks?

The easiest way to find a site that you’ve bookmarked is to start typing its name in the address bar. As you type a list of websites that you’ve bookmarked, tagged and visited will appear. Bookmarked sites will have a blue star next to them. All you have to do is click one of the sites and you’ll be taken there instantly. To learn more, see Awesome Bar – Find your bookmarks, history and tabs when you type in the address bar.

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How do I organize my bookmarks?

The Library window lets you view and organize all your bookmarks.

  1. Click the Bookmarks button Bookmarks-29 and select Show All Bookmarks to open the Library window.

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  2. By default, the bookmarks you make will be located in the Unsorted Bookmarks folder. Select it in the sidebar of the Library window to see the bookmarks you’ve made. Double-clicking a bookmark will open it.

While you have the Library window open, you can also drag bookmarks into other folders like the Bookmarks Menu folder which will show your bookmarks in the menu under the Bookmarks button. If you add bookmarks to the Bookmarks Toolbar folder they’ll show up on the Bookmarks Toolbar.

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See the following articles for more details on how to manage your giant list of bookmarks:

How do I turn on the Bookmarks Toolbar?

If you want to use the Bookmarks Toolbar, you can turn it on like this:

  • Click the View menu at the top of the screen, go down to Toolbars and selectBookmarks Toolbar.

Tips and tricks

Ready for more fun with bookmarks? Here are more articles to help you get the most out of them.

Sort your bookmarks to quickly find the ones you want

This article describes how to arrange your Bookmarks in Firefox. You can sort the bookmarks in a folder by name, or you can manually rearrange them.

Sorting by name

  1. Click the Bookmarks button Bookmarks-29 and select Show All Bookmarks to open the Library window.

  2. Hold down the Ctrl key while you click on the folder you want to sort, then select Sort By Name. The bookmarks in that folder will be sorted alphabetically.

Sorting bookmarks by name in the Library window will be reflected in the Bookmarks sidebar, menu, and button.

Rearranging manually

  1. Click the Bookmarks button Bookmarks-29 and select Show All Bookmarks to open the Library window.

  2. Click the folder that contains the bookmark you want to move to expand it.
  3. Click on the bookmark you want to move and then drag it to the position where you want to move it.
    • To move a bookmark into a different folder, drag it on top of the folder.

Changes you make in the Library window will be reflected in the Bookmarks sidebar, menu, and button.

Sorted views in the Library window

To view your bookmarks in various sort orders, use the Library window:

  1. Click the Bookmarks button Bookmarks-29 and select Show All Bookmarks to open the Library window.

  2. In the left pane, click on the folder you want to view. Its contents will appear in the right pane.
  3. Click on the 8e73ef8e153c803696ebf3687e07ee15-1252027203-152-1.png Views button, then select Sort, and then select a sort order.

The sort order in the Library window is for viewing purposes only, and will not be reflected in the Bookmarks sidebar, menu or button.

How do I delete a bookmark?

This article describes different methods for removing a bookmark from your Firefox browser.

If you’ve set up Firefox Sync to synchronize your bookmarks, the bookmarks you remove from one device will also be deleted from your synchronized devices.

Deleting a single bookmark

  1. Go to the page in your bookmarks that you want to remove.
  2. Click on the star icon to the right of your search bar.
  3. In the Edit This Bookmark window, click Remove Bookmark.
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Deleting more than one bookmark or folder

  1. Click the Bookmarks button Bookmarks-29 and select Show All Bookmarks to open the Library window.

  2. In the left pane, click on the folder you want to view. Its contents will appear in the right pane.
  3. In the right pane, click to select the item you want to delete. Hold down the commandkey to select more than one item.
  4. With the items to be deleted selected, click on the d7a1d14cc7b5aa780656b5967aad6fbf-1252026590-54-1.png icon and then select Delete.
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Bookmark Tags – Categorize bookmarks to make them easy to find

After you bookmark a page, you have the option of adding “tags” to the bookmark. A tag is a label that helps you identify a bookmark you’ve made. These tags are used to help better categorize bookmarks so you can find them in both your menu and when searching.

Tagging a new bookmark

After you’ve bookmarked a page, clicking the star for a second time will open the Edit This Bookmark window. For methods on how to add a new bookmark, see How do I create a bookmark?.

The Tags field lets you enter a list of tags you want associated with the new bookmark. When using more than one tag, use a comma to separate them.

For example, let’s say you bookmark the page http://www.amazon.com. You might want to tag that bookmark with shoppingbooks, and gifts.

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You can also add tags you have previously used by clicking on the down arrow next to the Tags field. Put a check mark next to each tag you want to add to the bookmark.

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Editing tags for bookmarks

If you want to add or change tags for an existing bookmark, you can do so in one of two ways.

Using the bookmark star

To change tags using the bookmark star:

  1. Open the bookmarked page you want to edit.
  2. Click on the filled in star in the Location bar. The Edit Bookmark box will appear.
  3. Add or remove tags by editing the Tags field or using the down arrow to add or remove check marks for existing tags.

Using the Library window

To change tags using the Library window:

  1. Click the Bookmarks button Bookmarks-29 and select Show All Bookmarks to open the Library window.

  2. In the Library window, open the folder where you saved the bookmark (e.g. Bookmarks Menu or some sub-folder you’ve created).
  3. Select the bookmark you want to edit. The bottom portion of the Library window will display information about the bookmark.
  4. Add or remove tags by editing the Tags field or using the down arrow to add or remove check marks for existing tags.

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Using tags

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Tags are most useful when used with the Awesome Bar feature. When you type something into the Location bar, the autocomplete results will include items that match tags. For example, if you’ve tagged http://www.amazon.com with shoppingbooks; and gifts, you can type all or part of each tag name. The Location bar will include the tagged bookmarks in its autocomplete results.

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For more information see the Awesome Bar – Find your bookmarks, history and tabs when you type in the address bar article.

Library

You can think of a tag as a “virtual” bookmark folder. Unlike regular bookmark folders, a bookmark can be in multiple virtual folders. To access your tags in the Library:

  1. Click the Bookmarks button Bookmarks-29 and select Show All Bookmarks to open the Library window.

  2. On the left side of the Library window, click the arrow next to the the Tags item. The list of tags will expand.
  3. Click on a tag to show what bookmarks are associated with it.
  4. Double click on a bookmark in the list to open it in Firefox.

Smart Folders

You can add tags to bookmarks so they will show up in search results that you save as a Smart Folder. For example, if you want to make a smart bookmark folder for “shopping” sites, you could bookmark and tag http://store.mozilla.org/ with shopping so it will show in the Smart Folder search results even though the Mozilla Store doesn’t have “shopping” in its web address or page title. For more information, see the Smart Bookmarks folders article.

Use bookmarklets to quickly perform common web page tasks

Bookmarklets allow you to always keep your common tasks on a web page just a click away. This article tells you what bookmarklets are, and explains how to install and use them.

What do bookmarklets do?

A bookmarklet is a “one-click” tool which adds functionality to the browser, such as modifying the appearance of a web page, querying a search engine with search terms provided by previously selected text, or submitting the current page to a translation or blogging service.

How bookmarklets are different from extensions?

How do I install a bookmarklet?

To install a bookmarklet, simply:

  1. Show the Bookmarks Toolbar by control-clicking on an empty section of the Tab Strip and checking Bookmarks Toolbar in the pop-up menu.
  2. Drag the bookmarklet from the page to your Bookmarks Toolbar. It should appear on the toolbar.

That’s all there is to it!

The process is very similar for other browsers; usually the only hard part is figuring out how to show your browser’s Bookmarks Toolbar – but once that’s taken care of, you’re good to go!

How do I use a bookmarklet?

All you have to do is:

  1. Navigate to the page where you want your bookmarklet to apply to.
  2. Click the bookmarklet on your Bookmarks Toolbar.

Where do I find bookmarklets?

Now that you know what bookmarklets are and how to install and use them, here are some cool bookmarklets to start your own collection:

You can find more at http://marklets.com/.

New Tab Page – show, hide and customize top sites

When you create a new tab, Firefox shows your top sites to make getting where you want to go easier than ever. We’ll show you how to pin sites to this page, rearrange the layout or even turn it off if you wish.

How do I organize my top sites on the new tab page?

Firefox displays websites on the new tab page based on how frequently you visit each site and how recently you were there. You can easily pin, delete and rearrange the sites that show up on the new tab page to customize it just the way you want.

Pin a site

  • Just click the pin icon in the top-left corner of the site to lock it in that position on the page.
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Add a site

You can also open the bookmarks library and drag bookmarks to the new tab page.

  1. Click the Bookmarks button Bookmarks-29 and select Show All Bookmarks to open the Library window.

  2. Drag a bookmark to the new tab page.
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Remove a site

  • Click the “X” in the top-right corner of the site to delete it from the page.
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Note: If you accidentally remove a site you can get it back by clicking Undo at the top of the page. For several removed sites click Restore All.

Rearrange sites

  • Click and drag a site into the position you want. If the site wasn’t “pinned” previously it will be now.
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How do I turn the new tab page off?

If you don’t want to see top sites when you make a new tab you can easily hide them:

  • To toggle the new tab page off or back on, open a blank tab and then click the button in the upper-right corner of the page.
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If you are concerned about your privacy, you can turn this feature off completely:

  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Return.
    • The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. ClickI’ll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page.
  2. Type browser.newtab.url in the search box.
  3. Double-click the browser.newtab.url preference and change the url fromabout:newtab to about:blank. Alternately, you can change it to about:home for the Firefox Google home page, or type in your preferred home page, for examplegoogle.com.
  4. Click OK and close the about:config tab.

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Firefox’s default home page has quick links to common features

When you first start Firefox, click the home button or create a new window you’re greeted with the default home page. This page contains a handy default engine web search and quick links to downloads, bookmarks, history, add-ons, sync and settings. Also, if you had tabs open the last time you used Firefox you can restore them from the home page with a single click.

How do I get the Firefox home page?

The default Firefox setting is to show you the Firefox home page when you start Firefox, click the home button or open a new window.New Home Page - MacIf you don’t see this page when you start Firefox, click the home button or open a new window you can restore the default setting like this:

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Preferences

  2. Select the General panel.
  3. In the Startup box, click Restore to Default.Restore default home page - Mac
  4. Close the Preferences window
Note: For more information about home page settings including how to change it to something else, see How to set the home page.

Access downloads, bookmarks, history, add-ons, sync and settings from the home page

When you open Firefox or create a new window you should see the default home page with the following buttons at the bottom of the page:

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Restore your tabs and windows from the last time you used Firefox

If you had tabs and windows open when you closed Firefox, the default Firefox home page will have a Restore Previous Session button on it. To get your tabs and windows back, just click it.

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Note: For more info about how session restore works, see the Restore previous session – Configure when Firefox shows your most recent tabs and windows article.

Pinned Tabs – keep favorite websites open and just a click away

Pinned Tabs allow you to always keep your favorite web apps like Facebook, Gmail and Twitter open and just a click away. Pinned Tabs are small, can’t be closed accidentally and open automatically when you start Firefox. This article goes over the features of Pinned Tabs and will show you how use them.

Why should I use Pinned Tabs?

The internet is now full of websites that we use more like programs than just static pages. Popular sites like Facebook and Gmail are like this – they’re used to accomplish tasks (or to avoid accomplishing tasks), they update themselves and notify you when they’ve changed. Pinned Tabs allow you to pin any website to the left side of the Tab Strip so that it’s always available.

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How do I make a Pinned Tab?

The easiest way to see how useful Pinned Tabs are is to make one.

  • Control-click on the tab you want to pin and select Pin Tab from the menu.

Try it out: Try turning one of your favorite websites (email, internet radio, social networks) into a Pinned Tab. They’re easy to create and super handy.

How do I remove a Pinned Tab?

Turning a Pinned Tab back into a regular tab is simple.

  • Control-click on the Pinned Tab and select Unpin Tab from the menu.

How are Pinned Tabs different than normal tabs?

  • Pinned Tabs are small – only showing the site’s icon, not its title – and they live on the left side of the Tab Strip.
  • Pinned Tabs don’t have a close button so you can’t accidentally close them.
    • You can still close them by Control-clicking on them and selecting Close Tab from the menu.
  • Pinned Tabs notify you with a blue highlight when they change.
    • If you have Gmail set as a Pinned Tab, for example, and you are using a different tab when a new email is received, your Gmail tab will glow.
  • All of the Pinned Tabs you have set when you close Firefox will open as Pinned Tabs when you start Firefox again.
  • Links to other websites open in a new tab so that your Pinned Tab doesn’t change.
    • Many web apps, like Facebook, already do this but a Pinned Tab will make this happen even when the website isn’t set to do it.

Pinned Tabs in Tab Groups

Tab Groups (also known as Panorama) are a great way to organize and group your tabs. In the Tab Groups view, your Pinned Tabs are represented by their site’s icon on the right side of each Tab Group.

Use tabs to organize lots of websites in a single window

By displaying a website in a tab, Firefox lets you have multiple websites open inside a single window. This keeps your screen from getting cluttered and makes it easy to switch between sites. This article covers the basics of using tabs.
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How do I make a new tab?

To make a new tab, click the New Tab button on the right side of the last tab.

Normally, when you click a link, it opens in the current tab. If you want to open a link in a new tab instead, just control-click on the link and select Open Link in New Tab from the context menu.

How do I close tabs?

To close a tab, just click its close button.

  • You can also use the keyboard shortcut command + W to close the current tab.Tabs Mac3

Bringing back a closed tab

  • To bring back a tab you’ve accidentally closed, go to the menu bar, click the Historymenu, go down to Recently Closed Tabs and then select the tab you want to restore.
  • You can also use the keyboard shortcut command + Shift + T to bring back the most recently closed tab.

How can I organize my tabs?

Changing the order of tabs

To move a tab to a different place on the tab strip, just drag it there using your mouse. While you’re dragging the tab, a small indicator shows you where the tab will land.Tabs Mac4

Moving a tab to a new window

To move a tab to its own window, click on the tab and drag it below the tab strip. Or, to move a tab from one Firefox window to another, click on the tab and drag it to the tab strip of another Firefox window.

Seeing all of your tabs

If you’ve opened more tabs than will fit on the tab strip, tab scroll buttons appear at each end. Clicking on them will scroll the tab strip left or right.

You can also click the List All Tabs button and select the tab you want from the drop-down menu.Tabs Mac6

Creating App Tabs

App Tabs allow you to always keep your favorite web apps like Facebook, Gmail and Twitter open and just a click away. App Tabs are small, can’t be closed accidentally and open automatically when you start Firefox.

Creating Tab Groups

Tab Groups (also know as Panorama) are an easy way to visually organize a lot of tabs. You can put your tabs into groups, switch between those groups and quickly search through all of your open tabs. For information about creating and using Tab Groups, see Use Tab Groups to organize a lot of tabs

Tab tips

Troubleshooting tab problems

To fix problems with tabs, see: