Get started with Firefox - An overview of the main features

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Welcome to Firefox! We'll show you all the basics to get you up and running. When you're ready to go beyond the basics, check out the other links for features you can explore later.

Set or change your home page

Choose the page that opens when you start Firefox or click the Home button.

  1. Open a tab with the webpage you want to use as your home page.
  2. Drag and drop that tab onto the Home button Home Button .
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  3. Click Yes to set this as your home page.

More options can be found in the home page article.

Search the web

Pick your favorite search engine with Firefox's built-in Search bar.

  • Just start typing into the search bar and pick the search engine you want.
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Learn more search tricks with the Search bar article.

Bookmark a website

Save your favorite sites.

  • 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 BookmarksOther Bookmarks folder. That's it!
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Tip: Drag a tab directly to your bookmarks toolbar to save it there.

For more information, see the bookmarks article.

Find everything with the Awesome Bar

We like to call Firefox’s address bar the "Awesome Bar" because it quickly finds places you've visited before.

  • Start typing in the address bar and you'll see a list of pages from your browsing history and bookmarks. When you see the page you want, just click on it.
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Tip: You can also do a web search from here. Give it a try.

To learn more tricks, see the Awesome Bar article.

Private Browsing

Firefox’s Private Browsing feature allows you to browse the Internet without saving any information on your computer about which sites and pages you’ve visited.

  • Click the menu button New Fx Menu and then click New Private Window.
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Learn more about how Private Browsing works.

Customize the menu or the toolbar

You can change the items that appear in the menu or your toolbar.

  1. Click the menu button new fx menu and choose Customize.
    • A special tab will open which allows you to drag and drop items in or out of the menu and the toolbar.
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  2. When you are done, click the green Exit Customize button.

Learn more about customizing Firefox.

Add features to Firefox with add-ons

Add-ons are like apps that you can install to make Firefox work the way you want.

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.

  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Get Add-ons panel.
  3. To see more information on a Featured Add-on or Theme, click it. You can then click the green Add to Firefox button to install it.
    • You can also search for specific add-ons by using the search box at the top. You can then install any add-ons you find with the Install button.
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  4. Firefox will download the requested add-on and may ask you to confirm that you want to install it.
  5. Click Restart Now if it pops up. Your tabs will be saved and restored after the restart.
  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.

  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Get Add-ons panel.
  3. To install a featured add-on, click the grey toggle button, which will turn green. To uninstall an add-on you just installed, click the toggle button again.
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At the bottom of the list of featured add-ons, there's a See more add-ons! button you can click. It will take you to where you can search for specific add-ons.

To learn more about add-ons, see Find and install add-ons to add features to Firefox.

Tip: Some add-ons place a button in the toolbar after installation. You can remove those or move them into the menu if you want – see Customize Firefox controls, buttons and toolbars.

Keep your Firefox in sync

Access your bookmarks, history, passwords and more from any device.

  1. First create a Firefox account:
    • Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Sign in to Sync and follow the instructions to create your account.
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  2. Then just sign in to connect another device.

For detailed instructions, see How do I set up Sync on my computer?

Get help

If you have more questions or ever need help with Firefox, you're on the right website.

  • This site has hundreds of articles that cover nearly every Firefox question you might have.
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This article, like all Firefox support, is brought to you mostly by volunteers, who keep Mozilla proudly independent and open source. Keep browsing freely!

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