How to Do Almost Everything in Mozilla Firefox

A set of in-depth tutorials for using the Firefox browser

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This article was last updated on October 25, 2015.

Mozilla's Firefox Web browser has millions of users worldwide and owes that popularity to its ease of use, speed and bevy of available add-ons. These tutorials below will help you utilize some of the browser's vast capabilities.

It should be noted that some browser menus or other UI components may have moved or changed since these tutorials were created.

Set Firefox as the Default Windows Browser

Nowadays most Web surfers tend to install more than one browser, with each one sometimes serving its own individual purpose. However, most users also have a favorite option out of the group.

Whenever you perform an action which tells the Windows operating system to launch a browser, such as clicking on a shortcut or selecting a link found within an email, the system's default option will automatically be opened.

Manage the Do Not Track Feature

Sometimes embedded within advertisements or other outside content, third-party tracking tools give website owners the ability to obtain and analyze some of your online activities even if you have not directly visited their site. While relatively harmless in most cases, this type of tracking does not sit well with many users for obvious reasons. So much so that Do Not Track was created, a technology which notifies Web servers whether or not you want to allow third-party tracking during your browsing session.

Activate Full Screen Mode

Firefox's user interface is designed in a way that its menus, buttons and toolbars do not encroach too much on your screen space. However, there are still times where the content you are viewing would render much better if you could just hide all of these UI components completely.

For these occasions, activating Full Screen mode is ideal.

Import Bookmarks and Other Browsing Data

Moving your favorite websites and other personal data from one browser to another used to be a chore, one that most people tried to avoid. This import process has become so easy now that it can be completed in just a few clicks of the mouse.

Manage Search Engines and Use One-Click Search

Firefox's Search Bar functionality has evolved quite a bit, with basic changes such as Yahoo! replacing Google as the default engine to more complex additions including the One-click Search feature.

Enable Private Browsing

Private Browsing mode allows you to freely browse the Web with the confidence that no cache, cookies, browsing history, or other session-related data remains on your hard drive once you close the application. With that said, there are some limitations to this feature and it is imperative that you are aware of them before activating it.

Manage and Delete Browsing History and Other Private Data

While you surf the Internet Firefox stores a significant amount of potentially sensitive data on your device's hard drive, ranging from a log of the websites that you've visited to full copies of the pages themselves.

This data is utilized in future sessions to improve the browsing experience, but can also pose a privacy risk.

Delete Search History

Whenever you search for a keyword or set of keywords through Firefox's Search Bar, a record of your search is retained locally. The browser then uses this data to provide suggestions during future searches.

Manage Data Choices

Firefox silently transmits a number of data components to Mozilla's servers while you surf the Web, such as details of how the browser performs with your device's hardware set as well as logs of application crashes. This data is aggregated and utilized to improve upon future releases of the browser, but some users do not like the idea of any personal data being shared without their implicit knowledge. If you find yourself in this category, the browser allows you to dictate what information gets submitted to Mozilla.

Manage Saved Passwords and Create a Master Password

With the seemingly endless persistence of today's hackers along with the fact that many websites now require a password for one thing or another, keeping track of all of these complex character sets can be quite a chore. Firefox can store these credentials locally, in an encrypted format, and also allows you to manage them all via one Master Password.

Manage the Pop-Up Blocker

Firefox's default behavior is to block pop-up windows from appearing whenever a Web page tries to open them. There are occasions where you actually want or need a pop-up to display, and for those the browser allows you to add specific websites or pages to its whitelist.

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