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Use the Awesome Screen to search the web, bookmarks and more

The Awesome Screen gives you your top sites, history and bookmarks, along with the ability to search the web - all in one convenient place. Learn more about the Awesome Screen's features and how to customize it the way you like it.

How the Awesome Screen works

The Awesome screen has panels for your Top Sites (most frequently visited sites), Bookmarks and History (sites you've visited in the past).

Access your top sites

Just open Firefox and you have access to all of the sites you visit most frequently. This list of sites will change as your habits change.

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If you'd like to make sure something always shows up here, you can pin it.

  • Tap and hold on a site and then choose Pin Site. A mark in the upper-right corner lets you know the site is pinned.
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Just open Firefox to have the sites you visit the most frequently right at your fingertips. This list of sites will change as your habits change.

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If you'd like to make sure something always shows up here, you can pin it.

  • Tap and hold on a site and then choose Pin Site. You'll see a small push-pin next to the name of the site.
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Don't want to see your top sites? You can display your bookmarks, reading list or history instead. See customize your panelsRearrange, hide or set a default panel for more information.

Search the web, your bookmarks and browsing history in one place

The Awesome Screen gets its name from the fact that you can search everything from one place.

  • Tap the address bar or open a new tab and start typing. You will see sites you've bookmarked or visited before along with web searches you can do. Just tap the thing you want and you're set.
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Of course, if you'd rather scroll through your bookmarks or history, you can do that too.

  • Tap the address bar or open a new tab and then select the Bookmarks or History tab instead of typing.
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  • Just select History or Bookmarks from the Top Sites screen or a new tab.
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Tip: You can access your desktop bookmarks, history and more from your Android device by setting up Firefox Sync.

Customize the way the Awesome Screen works

Customize your panels

Learn how to set a default panel or hide panels you don't need.

  1. Tap the Menu button (either below the screen on some devices or at the top right corner of the browser) , then Settings (you may need to tap More first) .
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  2. Tap Customize, and then Home.
  3. On the Home menu, tap on a panel: History, Top Sites, Bookmarks, or Reading List.
  4. Choose Set as default if you want to see that panel to be the first thing you see when you launch Firefox for Android or Hide if you don't want to see it at all. If a panel is already hidden, you can choose Show to unhide it.

Rearrange, hide or set a default panel

Now you can choose which panel to see first when you start Firefox. You can also rearrange panels and hide the ones you don't use.

  1. Tap the Menu button (either below the screen on some devices or at the top right corner of the browser) , then Settings (you may need to tap More first) .
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  2. Tap Customize, and then Home.
  3. On the Home menu, tap on a panel: History, Top Sites, Bookmarks, or Reading List to see these options:
    • Set as default: Choose Set as default if you want that panel to be the first thing you see when you launch Firefox for Android.
    • Hide or Show: Tap Hide if you don't want to see a panel at all. If a panel is already hidden, you can choose Show to unhide it.
    • Change order: Tap Change Order, then either Move Up or Move Down to rearrange your panels on the home screen. The panels would appear on the home screen in the same order that they appear in this menu.

Turn on search suggestions

Turn on search suggestions to show related Google suggestions alongside your search words.

  • Tap the Menu button (either below the screen on some devices or at the top right corner of the browser) , then Settings (you may need to tap More first) and check the Show search suggestions option.
  • Tap the Menu button (either below the screen on some devices or at the top right corner of the browser) , then Settings (you may need to tap More first) , Customize. Finally, check the Show search suggestions option.
  • Tap the Menu button (either below the screen on some devices or at the top right corner of the browser) , then Settings (you may need to tap More first) , Customize, Search settings. Finally, check the Show search suggestions option.
  • Tap the Menu button (either below the screen on some devices or at the top right corner of the browser) , then Settings (you may need to tap More first) , Customize, Search. Finally, check the Show search suggestions option.

Add search engines and choose the default one

Want to add YouTube results to your searches or use DuckDuckGo? No problem.

  1. Go to the site of the search engine you want to use. For example, youtube.com.
  2. Tap and hold inside the search box and choose Add a Search Engine.
Search within a specific website. Some websites offer their own search engines. Use the same steps above to add them to Firefox, and you'll be able to search a specific site directly from your search bar.

Change your default search engine:

  1. Tap the Menu button (either below the screen on some devices or at the top right corner of the browser) , then Tools (you may need to tap More first) and Add-ons.
  2. Tap the search engine that you would like to set as default and choose Set as Default.
  1. Tap the Menu button (either below the screen on some devices or at the top right corner of the browser) , then Settings (you may need to tap More first) , Customize, Search settings.
  2. Tap the search engine that you would like to set as default and choose Set as default.
  1. Tap the Menu button (either below the screen on some devices or at the top right corner of the browser) , then Settings (you may need to tap More first) , Customize, Search.
  2. Tap the search engine that you would like to set as default and choose Set as default.

Show the URL in the address bar instead of the website name

  • Tap the Menu button (either below the screen on some devices or at the top right corner of the browser) , then Settings (you may need to tap More first) . Scroll down and tap the Title bar setting and choose Show page address.
  • Tap the Menu button (either below the screen on some devices or at the top right corner of the browser) , then Settings (you may need to tap More first) , Display. Then tap the Title bar setting and choose Show page address.


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