About Firefox

What is Firefox?

Firefox is a browser that more and more people are using instead of Internet Explorer or AOL. It is free, and was created by Mozilla.org, the original creators of the Netscape browser. Firefox was officially released in November 2004. It’s popularity is increasing rapidly, with over 200+ million downloads so far.

My browser seems fine to me. Why use Firefox?

Firefox has many built-in features that are not available with older browsers, such as:

  • Popup Blocking – Stop annoying popup ads in their tracks with Firefox’s built in popup blocker.
  • Tabbed Browsing – View more than one web page in a single window with this time saving feature. Open links in the background so that they’re ready for viewing when you’re ready to read them.
  • Privacy and Security – Built with your security in mind, Firefox keeps your computer safe from malicious spyware. A comprehensive set of privacy tools keep your online activity your business.
  • Smarter Search – Google Search is built right into the toolbar, and there is a plethora of other search tools including Smart Keywords (type “dict <word>” in the Location bar), and the new Find bar (which finds text as you type without covering up anything).

What does Firefox look like?

Firefox looks similar to other browsers. One major difference is the tabs. Each site opens in a different tab. To switch between sites, just click the tab. Tabs can save lots of time since the pages don’t have to be re-loaded. There are many options for setting up tabs, including opening all your favorite sites automatically when you start your browser.

Is it hard to switch to Firefox?

No! Simple and intuitive, yet fully featured, Firefox has all the functions you’re used to – Bookmarks, History, Full Screen, Text Zooming to make pages with small text easier to read, etc.

Setup’s a Snap! At only 8MB (Windows), Firefox takes just a few minutes to download over a slow connection and seconds over a fast connection. The installer gets you set up quickly, and the new Easy Transition system imports all of your settings – Favorites, passwords and other data from Internet Explorer and other browsers – so you can start surfing right away.

What about more advanced features?

Firefox has many features for people who want more from their browser, such as:

  • Live Bookmarks – RSS integration lets you read the latest news headlines and read updates to your favorite sites that are syndicated.
  • Hassle-Free Downloading – Files you download are automatically saved to your Desktop so they’re easy to find. Fewer prompts mean files download quicker.
  • S, M, L or XL—It’s Your Choice – Firefox is the most customizable browser on the planet. Customize your toolbars to add additional buttons, install new Extensions that add new features, add new Themes to browse with style, and use the adaptive search system to allow you to search an infinite number of engines. Firefox is as big or small as you want.
  • A Developer’s Best Friend – Firefox comes with a standard set of developer tools including a powerful JavaScript and CSS error/warning console, and an optional Document Inspector that gives detailed insight about your pages.

Some parts of this post were originally published on the mozilla.org website. Used with permission:

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