Figure 6-1. Mozilla Firefox
Firefox is part of the mozilla.org
organization's wide range of Open Source Internet application
developments. Firefox is powerful,
integrated, and standards-compliant. It features tabbed browsing,
the use of plug-ins, and available extensions and themes for the
browser. This section shows you how to use the Firefox web browser to explore the Internet.
Mozilla.org provides excellent documentation and help at:
Firefox functions like any Web
browser you may have used before. it has the standard navigational
toolbars, buttons, and menus.
The Navigation toolbar contains
navigation icons, the address bar, and a search field.
Figure 6-2. Navigation Toolbar
Enter a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) — the name or
address of a web site — into the address field. Firefox moves immediately to the web site.
The Search field uses the most popular
search engines to look for sites related to the keywords you enter.
Select the search engine Firefox should
use by clicking on the icon at the left of the field. Enter the
keywords and press [Enter] to perform
Firefox has a sidebar to aid in
navigation. Select => form the main Firefox toolbar, then choose the detail to
display. You can choose from your bookmarks or the history of
websites you have visited.
Finally, the Personal Toolbar can be
customized with the web sites that you visit most often. Web sites
added to this toolbar become buttons — one click, and
Firefox moves to that web site. To add a
site to the Personal Toolbar, drag the
site's icon from the address field to the Toolbar.
Figure 6-4. Personal Toolbar
Firefox offers tabbed browsing.
Tabbed browsing allows a user to flip quickly between web pages
without opening another instance of Firefox. Right-click a link and choose Open Link in New Tab to use this feature. Open a new
tab by selecting => or by pressing [Ctrl] -[T] .
Extensions and Themes
There are many extensions and themes available for Firefox. Extensions are small applets (smaller
than plug-ins) that provide additional functionality to Firefox. For example, there is an extension
called ForecastFox that adds a small
toolbar at the bottom of Firefox that
includes the local weather forecast. This and other extensions are
available by going to the menu and
selecting . To add new
extensions to your Firefox browser,
click the Get More Extensions link in the
bottom right of the window.
Themes allow you to change the way your browser looks. They
change the color of the browser window and the icons on your
toolbars. To download and install new themes, open the Themes tool by selecting => from
the main toolbar. Click the Get More Themes
link in the bottom right of the window.