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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.

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 click the search icon, on the left side of the search bar, to pick the one 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 Bookmarks folder. That's it!
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Tip: Drag a tab directly to your bookmarks toolbar to save it there.

For more, 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 to 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. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox buttonOn the menu bar, click on the Tools menuAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu, and then click Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open. 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.

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 Firefox Sync?

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.
Get Help

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.
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One-click bookmarking

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 How to use bookmarks to save and organize your favorite websites.
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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 - Find your bookmarks, history and tabs when you type in the address bar.
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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 Search bar - Easily choose your favorite search engine article.
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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.
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Pinned Tabs

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 Pin Tab from the menu. To learn more about how Pinned Tabs work, see Pinned Tabs - keep favorite websites open and just a click away.
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Private Browsing

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 Firefox buttonTools menu and select Start Private Browsing. Read the Private Browsing - Browse the web without saving information about the sites you visit article to learn more.
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To open a Private Browsing window, go to the top of the Firefox window, the menu bar, click the Firefox buttonFile menu and select New Private Window. Read the Private Browsing - Browse the web without saving information about the sites you visit article to learn more.
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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.

Themes

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.



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