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This menu reference describes each menu item in the Firefox button and in the Menu Bar.

Firefox button

The Firefox button is a feature that replaces the Menu Bar. It takes the most common functions and puts them in one menu.
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New Tab: The default menu is the first item.
New Tab: Opens a new browser tab in the current Firefox window.
New Window: Opens a new Firefox window.
Open File…: Displays an Open File dialog where you can select a file from your local disks or network. You can view many file types in Firefox, including HTML/XML files, image files, text files and more.

Start Private Browsing: Starts a new Firefox session in which no browsing history, cookies, or other private data will be stored. See Private Browsing - Browse the web without saving information about the sites you visit for more information.

Edit:
Cut: Cuts the selected text from a text field and stores it in the clipboard. Paste the text elsewhere by using the Paste command.
Copy: Copies the selected text to the clipboard. Paste the text in a text field by using the Paste command.
Paste: Pastes text stored in the clipboard into a text field.
Undo: Undoes the last action in a text field. If you later decide you don't want to undo an action, use the Redo command.
Redo: Redoes the last Undo command.
Select All: Selects all text and other items on the page.
Delete: Deletes the selected text from a text field.

Find…: Displays the Find Toolbar at the bottom of the browser window in order to find occurrences of the typed text on the page.

Save Page As…: Saves the page you are currently browsing. You can choose to save the whole page (complete with graphics), just the current HTML page, or the page text only.

Send Link…: Opens an email composition window using your computer's default email program so you can send a message with a link to the current page.

Print...: The default menu is the first item.
Print…: Displays the Print dialog, where you can specify the number of printed copies, etc. Click OK to print the page.
Print Preview: Displays a preview of how the current document will appear when printed. It reflects the settings in the Page Setup dialog and the page author's intentions.
Page Setup…: Displays a Page Setup dialog where you can specify printing settings such as margins, headers and footers, and page orientation.
Web Developer:
Web Console: Opens the Web Console, which tracks problems with the current page code.
Scratchpad: Opens the JavaScript scratchpad, which allows to run some pieces of JavaScript code.
View Page Source: Displays the current page source code.
Error Console: Opens the Error Console, which tracks problems with JavaScript code for the current session.
Get More Tools: Opens the Web Developer Toolbox collection page in a new tab of the current page. Requires an active Internet connection.
Character Encoding: Allows you to manually change the character encoding on a web page. Firefox usually does this automatically.
Work Offline: Toggles between online and offline mode. Offline mode allows you to view web pages you've previously visited without being connected to the Internet.

Full Screen: Displays the window in full screen. If you have the navigation toolbar hidden, you can always restore the window anyway by pressing F11.

Set Up Sync... / Sync Now: Opens the Firefox Sync Setup wizard or synchronizes the computer with the Sync server depending of your Sync connection status.

ExitQuit: Closes all Firefox windows, cancels any active downloads, and exits Firefox completely.

Bookmarks: This menu lists websites you have bookmarked. For more information, see How to use bookmarks to save and organize your favorite websites. The default menu is the first item.
Show All Bookmarks: Displays the Library window where you can modify your bookmarks. You can sort, rename and change the properties for your bookmarks as well as add, remove, and move them.
Bookmark This Page: Adds the current page to your bookmarks. A dialog will be displayed, allowing you to choose a title for the bookmark and specify where you want it to be stored.
Subscribe to This Page…: Shows a preview of the feed offered by the current site. From the preview page, you can subscribe to the feed using a Live Bookmark, a feed reader on your computer, or a web service. If you have chosen to always subscribe using a Live Bookmark or a feed reader in the Applications panel, the preview page will be skipped.
History: The History menu contains a list of the most recently visited web sites and closed tabs. The default menu is the first item.
Show All History: Displays the Library window where you can view the sites you have visited.
Clear Recent History…: Allows you to erase your browsing history, temporarily stored files, cookies, and other private data. See Remove recent browsing, search and download history for more information.
Restore Previous Session: Allows to restore the previous session. See Restore previous session - Configure when Firefox shows your most recent tabs and windows for more information.
Recently Closed Tabs: Allows you to restore a tab you closed recently in the current window by selecting it from the list. See the Closing and Restoring Tabs topic for more information.
Recently Closed Windows: Allows you to restore a window you recently closed in the current session.

Downloads: Opens the Find and manage downloaded files, where you can see the current, as well as finished downloads.

Add-ons: Opens the Add-ons manager, where you can view, install, configure, update, and uninstall your extensions and themes. For more information, see Find and install add-ons to add features to Firefox.

OptionsPreferences: The default menu is the first item.
OptionsPreferences: Displays the OptionsPreferences window, where you can change many options in Firefox.
Menu Bar: Toggles the visibility of the menu bar, which contains Firefox menus (File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks, etc.). The hidden menu bar can be shown by pressing the Alt key.
Navigation Toolbar: Toggles the visibility of the navigation toolbar, which usually contains standard navigation buttons (Back, Forward, Stop, etc.).
Bookmarks Toolbar: Toggles the visibility of the bookmarks toolbar, which contains bookmarks to various sites.
Add-on Bar: Toggles the visibility of the add-on bar, which contains add-on shortcuts.
Tabs on Top: Toggles between tabs on top or on bottom.
Toolbar Layout…: Displays the toolbar customization dialog. You can drag and drop toolbar buttons to or from the toolbars here. You can also right-clickpress Ctrl, click on the navigation toolbar and select Customize… to show this dialog.
Help: The default menu is the first item.
Help: Opens the Firefox Help home page in a new tab of the current window. Requires an active Internet connection.
Getting Started: Opens the Mozilla Getting Started page in a new tab of the current window. Requires an active Internet connection.
Troubleshooting Information: Provides information that will help others when they help you troubleshoot any problems you are having with Firefox.
Submit Feedback...: Allows you to report to the Firefox developers what you like or don't like in the latest version of Firefox. Requires an active Internet connection.
Restart with Add-ons Disabled...: Restarts Firefox in Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode.
About Firefox: Displays a dialog box with information about Firefox, including the current version and a brief list of credits, and starts an update check to see if an updated version of Firefox is available. For more information, see Update Firefox to the latest version. The updating part requires an active Internet connection.


Menu Bar

When the Firefox button is hidden, the Menu Bar is shown instead.

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Firefox:

About Mozilla Firefox: Displays a dialog box with information about Firefox, including the current version and a brief list of credits, and starts an update check to see if an updated version of Firefox is available. For more information, see Update Firefox to the latest version. The updating part requires an active Internet connection.

Preferences…: Displays the Preferences window, where you can change many preferences in Firefox.

Quit Firefox: Closes all Firefox windows, cancels any active downloads, and exits Firefox completely. If you happen to select this menu item with more than one tab or window open, Firefox will ask you to confirm your choice to prevent accidental exits. You can switch off this warning by deselecting the Warn me when closing multiple tabs checkbox in the Tabs panel of Tools > OptionsEdit > PreferencesFirefox > Preferences. Firefox will also warn you if you are currently downloading any files.


File:

New Window: Opens a new Firefox window.

New Tab: Opens a new browser tab in the current Firefox window.

New Window: Opens a new Firefox window.

Open Location…: Focuses on the Firefox URL bar so you can type in a new location to visit.

Open File…: Displays an Open File dialog where you can select a file from your local disks or network. You can view many file types in Firefox, including HTML/XML files, image files, text files and more.

Close Window: Closes the current window.

Close Tab: Closes the current tab and selects the rightmost tab. This menu item is visible only if more than one browser tab is currently open.

Save Page As…: Saves the page you are currently browsing. You can choose to save the whole page (complete with graphics), just the current HTML page, or the page text only.

Send Link…: Opens an email composition window using your computer's default email program so you can send a message with a link to the current page.

Page Setup…: Displays a Page Setup dialog where you can specify printing settings such as margins, headers and footers, and page orientation.

Print Preview: Displays a preview of how the current document will appear when printed. It reflects the settings in the Page Setup dialog and the page author's intentions.

Print…: Displays the Print dialog, where you can specify the number of printed copies, etc. Click OK to print the page.

Import…: Opens the Import Wizard dialog, which allows you to import optionspreferences, bookmarks, history, passwords and other data from browsers like Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Opera.

Work Offline: Toggles between online and offline mode. Offline mode allows you to view web pages you've previously visited without being connected to the Internet.

ExitQuit: Closes all Firefox windows, cancels any active downloads, and exits Firefox completely. If you happen to select this menu item with more than one tab or window open, Firefox will ask you to confirm your choice to prevent accidental exits. You can switch off this warning by deselecting the Warn me when closing multiple tabs checkbox in the Tabs panel of Tools > OptionsEdit > PreferencesFirefox > Preferences. Firefox will also warn you if you are currently downloading any files.


Edit:

Undo: Undoes the last action in a text field. If you later decide you don't want to undo an action, use the Redo command.

Redo: Redoes the last Undo command.

Cut: Cuts the selected text from a text field and stores it in the clipboard. Paste the text elsewhere by using the Paste command.

Copy: Copies the selected text to the clipboard. Paste the text in a text field by using the Paste command.

Paste: Pastes text stored in the clipboard into a text field.

Delete: Deletes the selected text from a text field.

Select All: Selects all text and other items on the page.

Find: Displays the Find Toolbar at the bottom of the browser window in order to find occurrences of the typed text on the page.

Find Again: Searches for the next occurrence of the text specified when using the Find in This Page… command.

Preferences: Displays the Preferences window, where you can change many preferences in Firefox.


View:

Toolbars:
Menu Bar: Toggles the visibility of the menu bar, which contains Firefox menus (File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks, etc.). The hidden menu bar can be shown by pressing the Alt key.
Navigation Toolbar: Toggles the visibility of the navigation toolbar, which usually contains standard navigation buttons (Back, Forward, Stop, etc.).
Bookmarks Toolbar: Toggles the visibility of the bookmarks toolbar, which contains bookmarks to various sites.
Add-on Bar: Toggles the visibility of the add-on bar, which contains add-on shortcuts.
Tabs on Top: Toggles between tabs on top or on bottom.
Customize…: Displays the toolbar customization dialog. You can drag and drop toolbar buttons to or from the toolbars here. You can also right-clickpress Ctrl, click on the navigation toolbar and select Customize… to show this dialog.

Status Bar: Toggles the visibility of the status bar, located at the bottom of the window. The status bar displays useful information about the page but may not be needed by everyone.

Sidebar: The Sidebar can display your bookmarks or the browsing history. You can always close the Sidebar by clicking on the X in the upper-right corner.
Bookmarks: Displays the Bookmarks Sidebar, which keeps your bookmarks visible all the time. This can be very useful if you use bookmarks often.
History: Displays the History Sidebar, which keeps track of the sites you have visited. To change how many days a site should be remembered, select Tools > OptionsEdit > PreferencesFirefox > Preferences and select the Privacy panel.

Stop: Stops loading of the current page you're browsing. This is the same as clicking on the Stop button on the toolbar.

Reload: Gets the most up-to-date version of the current page. This is the same as clicking the Reload button on the toolbar.

Zoom: If the web page is too small or too large, you can change it to a more comfortable size.
Zoom In: Displays the web page one size larger. You can also do this with the mouse (see Use mouse shortcuts to perform common tasks in Firefox for instructions) or the keyboard (see Keyboard shortcuts - Perform common Firefox tasks quickly for instructions).
Zoom Out: Displays the web page one size smaller. You can also do this with the mouse (see Use mouse shortcuts to perform common tasks in Firefox for instructions) or the keyboard (see Keyboard shortcuts - Perform common Firefox tasks quickly for instructions).
Reset: Displays the web page at its normal size.
Zoom Text Only: Makes the Zoom commands only apply to text on web page, instead of the entire web page.
Page Style: Allows you to select a style for the current web page. By default, "Basic Page Style" is selected unless the author specifies a different default.
No Style: Removes style formatting from the page.
Basic Page Style: Displays the page with a general style specified by the author. If the author has specified additional page styles, Firefox will list them here for you to select.

Character Encoding: Allows you to manually change the character encoding on a web page. Firefox usually does this automatically.

Page Source: Displays the current page source code.

Full Screen: Displays the window in full screen. If you have the navigation toolbar hidden, you can always restore the window anyway by pressing command+Shift+FF11.


History: The History menu contains a list of the most recently visited web sites and closed tabs.

Back: Navigates back one page in history. This is the same as clicking on the Back button on the toolbar.

Forward: Navigates forward one page in history. This is the same as clicking on the Forward button on the toolbar.

Home: Displays your home page. This is the same as clicking on the Home button on the bookmarks toolbar. To change the home page, select Tools > OptionsEdit > PreferencesFirefox > Preferences and open the General panel (Main panel in Firefox 3.5). You can specify to use a blank page, the current page (or tab group), a bookmark, or a manually entered address.

Show All History: Displays the Library window where you can view the sites you have visited. To change how many days a site should be remembered, select Tools > OptionsEdit > PreferencesFirefox > Preferences and select the Privacy panel.

Restore Previous Session: Allows to restore the previous session. See Restore previous session - Configure when Firefox shows your most recent tabs and windows for more information.

Recently Closed Tabs: Allows you to restore a tab you closed recently in the current window by selecting it from the list. See the Closing and Restoring Tabs topic for more information.

Recently Closed Windows: Allows you to restore a window you recently closed in the current session.


Bookmarks: This menu lists websites you have bookmarked. For more information, see How to use bookmarks to save and organize your favorite websites.

Show All Bookmarks: Displays the Library window where you can modify your bookmarks. You can sort, rename and change the properties for your bookmarks as well as add, remove, and move them.

Bookmark This Page: Adds the current page to your bookmarks. A dialog will be displayed, allowing you to choose a title for the bookmark and specify where you want it to be stored.

Subscribe to This Page…: Shows a preview of the feed offered by the current site. From the preview page, you can subscribe to the feed using a Live Bookmark, a feed reader on your computer, or a web service. If you have chosen to always subscribe using a Live Bookmark or a feed reader in the Applications panel, the preview page will be skipped.

Bookmark All Tabs…: Adds all the tabs in the current window to a new bookmark folder. A dialog will be displayed, allowing you to choose the name of the folder and specify where you want it to be stored.

Organize Bookmarks…Show All Bookmarks: Displays the Library window where you can modify your bookmarks. You can sort, rename and change the properties for your bookmarks as well as add, remove, and move them.


Tools:

Web Search: Highlights the Web Search box. You can then type in the terms you wish to find on the Web.

Downloads: Opens the Find and manage downloaded files, where you can see the current, as well as finished downloads.

Add-ons: Opens the Add-ons manager, where you can view, install, configure, update, and uninstall your extensions and themes. For more information, see Find and install add-ons to add features to Firefox.

Set Up Sync... / Sync Now: Opens the Firefox Sync Setup wizard or synchronizes the computer with the Sync server depending of your Sync connection status.

Web Developer:
Web Console: Opens the Web Console, which tracks problems with the current page code.
Scratchpad: Opens the JavaScript scratchpad, which allows to run some pieces of JavaScript code.
Page Source: Displays the current page source code.
Error Console: Opens the Error Console, which tracks problems with JavaScript code for the current session.
Get More Tools: Opens the Web Developer Toolbox collection page in a new tab of the current page. Requires an active Internet connection.

Error Console: Opens the Error Console, which tracks problems with JavaScript code for the current session.

Web Console: Opens the Web Console, which tracks problems with the current page code.

Page Info: Displays extensive information about the current web page, such as the document type, encoding, size, and security information. The dialog also displays lists of the media and links used on the page. See Page Info window - View technical details about the page you are on for more information.

Start Private Browsing: Starts a new Firefox session in which no browsing history, cookies, or other private data will be stored. See Private Browsing - Browse the web without saving information about the sites you visit for more information.

Clear Recent History…: Allows you to erase your browsing history, temporarily stored files, cookies, and other private data. See Remove recent browsing, search and download history for more information.

Options: Displays the Firefox options, preferences and settings, where you can change many options in Firefox.


Window:

Minimize: Minimizes the current window.

Zoom: Enlarges or restores the current window.

(Open Windows): Displays all the open windows by their title.


Help:

Firefox Help: Opens the Firefox Help home page in a new tab of the current window. Requires an active Internet connection.

For Internet Explorer Users: Provides information that can help Internet Explorer users transition to Firefox. Requires an active Internet connection.

Troubleshooting Information: Provides information that will help others when they help you troubleshoot any problems you are having with Firefox.

Release Notes: Provides information about installing, uninstalling and configuring Firefox, as well as other important information and late-breaking notices. Requires an active Internet connection.

Report Broken Web Site…: Allows you to report web sites that do not work correctly in Firefox to the Firefox developers.

Submit Feedback...: Allows you to report to the Firefox developers what you like or don't like in the latest version of Firefox. Requires an active Internet connection.

Restart with Add-ons Disabled...: Restarts Firefox in Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode.

Report Web Forgery… / This isn't a web forgery…: Report Web Forgery… allows you to report what you believe are forged or "phishing" sites. Phishing sites pretend to be sites you trust, like your bank or online shopping or auction sites, to trick you into submitting sensitive information (username/password, credit card information, etc.) to them.
When displaying sites suspected for "phishing", the menu item is replaced by "This isn't a web forgery…", letting you report legitimate sites which have been incorrectly marked as "phishing" sites.
Phishing Protection in Firefox is powered by Google, and the information you submit will be sent to Google and used to improve this feature. Your report will be anonymous in accordance with Google's privacy policy. Requires an active Internet connection.

Check for Updates…: Displays a dialog which checks for updates to Firefox and asks you whether you want to download updates if any are available. After an update has been downloaded, the dialog asks you to restart Firefox so that the update can be installed. Note that the name of this menu item will change when an update is being downloaded or is ready to be installed.

About Mozilla Firefox: Displays a dialog box with information about Firefox, including the current version and a brief list of credits, and starts an update check to see if an updated version of Firefox is available. For more information, see Update Firefox to the latest version. The updating part requires an active Internet connection.

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