Get started with Firefox - An overview of the main features
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New to Firefox? Well you’ve come to the right place. This article covers all the basics and will get you up and running in just a few minutes. It also has tons of links to other great articles that you might want to explore later.
Table of Contents
Browsing the web
Setting your home page
Setting your home page in Firefox is easy. Just drag the site's icon to the Home button. For more about your home page and to set what tabs show when you open Firefox, see How to set the home page.
To create a bookmark, click on the star icon in the Location bar. That's it! For more about using bookmarks, including tagging and organizing, see Create bookmarks to save your favorite webpages.
Finding everything with the Awesome Bar
We like to call Firefox’s Location bar the "Awesome Bar" because when you start to type the name or address of a website you’ve been to before, it finds it for you in an instant. And the more you use it, the better it gets. To learn more Awesome Bar tricks, including searching through your open tabs and searching the web, see Awesome Bar - Search your Firefox bookmarks, history and tabs from the address bar.
Searching the web
Search the web with your favorite search site in Firefox’s built-in Search bar. Just click the icon on the left to switch search engines. Learn more search tricks with the Use the Search bar in Firefox and manage search engines article.
Tabs tabs tabs!
Tabs let you have multiple websites open inside a single window, keeping your screen clutter-free and making it easy to switch between sites.
To make a new tab, click the new tab button (+) on the right side of the last tab.
To learn more about working with tabs, see Use tabs to organize lots of websites in a single window.
Pinned Tabs let you keep your favorite web apps like Facebook, Gmail and Twitter open and just a click away. To create a Pinned Tab, right-clickcontrol-click on the tab and select from the menu. To learn more about how Pinned Tabs work, see Pinned Tabs - keep favorite websites open and just a click away.
Firefox’s Private Browsing feature allows you to browse the Internet without saving any information to your computer about which sites and pages you’ve visited.
To start Private Browsing, go to the top of the Firefox window, the menu bar, click the button and select menu . Read the Private Browsing - Use Firefox without saving history article to learn more.
To open a Private Browsing window, go to the top of the Firefox window, the menu bar, click the button and select menu . Read the Private Browsing - Use Firefox without saving history article to learn more.
Customizing Firefox with Add-ons
Add-ons are like apps that you install to add bells & whistles to Firefox. You can get add-ons that compare prices, check the weather, change the look of Firefox, listen to music, or even update your Facebook profile. To learn more about Add-ons and how to install them, see Find and install add-ons to add features to Firefox.
Easily personalize Firefox's appearance. Try some themes on at Mozilla's add-on website.
Staying in Sync
Firefox Sync lets you securely access your history, bookmarks, tabs and passwords across all of your devices. See How do I set up Firefox Sync? to learn more or just go straight to syncing your computers or your Android device.