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Browsing Made Easy
Get to your favorite sites quickly – even if you don’t remember the
URLs. Type your term into the location bar (aka the Awesome Bar) and the
autocomplete function will include possible matches from your browsing
history, bookmarked sites and open tabs.
The Awesome Bar learns as you use it—over time, it adapts to your
preferences and offers better-fitting matches. We’ve tweaked it to give
you greater control over the results (including privacy settings) and
increased performance so you find what you need even faster.
We’re always looking for ways to make your browsing easier and more
Read on for our latest improvements (or
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Tabs are above the Awesome Bar to make it easier to focus on the
content of the sites you visit.
Firefox Button (Windows and Linux)
All your menu items are now found in a single button for easy
Manage your bookmarks in a single button. Find your favorite
links without getting bogged down!
Simplified Reload/Stop Button
Your Awesome Bar now features one easy button to stop loading
pages or reload pages.
The Home button has been moved to the right side of the
Browse multiple sites at once, simply and easily. Each new site
appears as a new tab
(not a new window) and can be accessed in one click.
Take sites you always keep open—like Web mail—off your tab bar
and give them a permanent home in your browser.
Reopen Closed Tabs and Windows
If you accidentally close a tab or window, you can reopen it in
one click. Just view Recently Closed Tabs or Recently Closed Windows
in the History menu and select the tab or window you’d like to
As you’re opening a new tab or typing in the Awesome Bar, Firefox
will check to see if you already have that site open. If you do,
you’ll be directed to the existing tab so you don’t open a
Like to have all 20 of your favorite pages open at once? An
elegant new feature lets you scroll through tabs easily to see them
all and access the one you want quickly.
Organize your Tabs with Panorama
Too many tabs? Reclaim your browser from tab clutter! Panorama
lets you drag and drop your tabs into manageable groups that you can
organize, name and arrange in a fun and visual way. To get started
with Panorama, simply select the Tab Groups icon when you customize
your Navigation Toolbar or right click any tab to Move to Group.
Stay in Sync
Sync seamlessly connects your desktop and mobile Firefoxes, so you
can access your browsing history, passwords, bookmarks and even open
tabs no matter which device you use. Access years of desktop browsing
the first day you fire up your mobile, and use saved passwords from your
desktop to fill out forms on your phone.
Now you can surf the Web on your desktop, get up in the middle of
browsing and have your open tabs ready and waiting on your mobile, just
as you left them. Your browsing will never be the same!
Learn more about
Sync or get Firefox
on your phone.
Tired of trying to remember or retype your passwords every time you
visit a favorite site? Firefox is here to help! You’ll be prompted
with a non-intrusive option to remember passwords when you first log
in—after that, Firefox will take care of the rest.
When you’re filling out an online form like your shipping address,
Firefox will suggest information for each field based on your most
common answers for similar fields in other forms. Tired of typing out
the same answers over and over? You’ll be zipping through the forms in
Banish pop-ups (and pop-under windows) from your surfing experience
once and for all. Or, find a happy medium: choose to view blocked
pop-ups or create an “allow” list of sites whose pop-ups you’re okay
The Web is a big place, but Firefox is ready to help you find
whatever you’re looking for.
Integrated Web Search
Searching the Web is a breeze with the search box, located just
to the right of your location bar. Select the search engine of your
choice and enter your search terms into the box. The box width is
even adjustable if you need more space.
Start typing in the search bar and it will prompt you with a drop
down of filled-in suggestions. You can even use the search bar as a
calculator, converter and more.
Hundreds of Search Engines
Choose from the preset dropdown list of search options or select
“manage search engines” to browse for many more search-related
Check out your choices.
Search the Web in record time with smart keywords. With a few
clicks you can assign keywords to search engines, and then simply
enter your key and search words in the location bar. Assigning
“books” to Amazon.com means you can type in a search like “books
about home building” and zip right there, with no pausing on the
Amazon home page.
Need directions, or help finding a restaurant? Firefox can tell
sites where you’re located so you can get the most relevant and
useful information. The browser won’t share your location without
your permission, either – your privacy is the top priority.
Session Restore instantly brings back your windows and tabs,
restoring text you entered and any in-progress downloads. You can
restart the browser without losing your place after you install an
add-on or software update. And, if Firefox or your computer
unexpectedly closes, you don’t have to spend time recovering data or
retracing your steps through the Web. If you’re in the middle of
typing an email, you’ll pick up where you left off, even down to the
last word you typed.
A built-in spell checker works directly in Web pages, like blog
posts and email. Save yourself a step and stop worrying about typos.
There’s a lot of great stuff on the Web, Firefox is full of ways to
help you keep track.
Manage your bookmarks a lot or a little. One click on the star icon
at the end of the location bar bookmarks a site. Two clicks and you
can choose where to save it and whether to tag it. File bookmarked
sites in easy-to-access folders and organize according to theme (like
“job search” or “favorite shopping”). Find your bookmarked sites in a
flash by entering the tag, page or bookmark name into the location
bar. The more you use your tags and bookmark names in the location
bar, the more the system will adapt to your preferences.
Label a site with names or categories that are meaningful to you.
For example, you can label both
www.nytimes.com with the “news” tag. When you enter “news” into
the location bar, both sites will be shown as results. A single site
can have multiple tags, and there’s no limit to the number of tags
you can create. You may not remember the exact name of a site, but
with a tag, you’ll be able to find it easily.
Make your browser as efficient as you can imagine. Your browsing
history and your bookmarks are archived in the Library, where they
can be easily searched and organized. As your bookmark list and
history grow, you can save your frequent searches in automatically
updated smart folders.
Search and Find
The find feature appears with a simple keystroke. Search for a word
or phrase on an open Web page. Highlight text before using the feature
and the finder opens pre-filled with your selection. See all instances
of your search at once, or scroll backwards and forwards through any
appearances of the word on the page.
RSS Feed Reader
Spending hours combing the Web for the latest news and updates?
Instead, add an RSS feed icon to your toolbar and create feeds using
an online web service, a client-side feed reader or by creating a
Firefox Live Bookmark.
Download files seamlessly and securely! A pause and resume feature
means you can stop and start anytime. So, if you’re halfway through
downloading a big file and it’s time to catch the bus, just pause and
pick up where you left off later. The resume function also works if
your system crashes or is forced to restart. The manager shows your
download progress and even lets you search your files by name or the
Web address where the download came from.
Take your computer offline and still have your information at your
fingertips. Certain sites may allow applications—like your Web-based
email—to stay with you at all times.
Want to see captions and pictures in a larger size? An elegant new
zoom feature lets you swoop in and see the details on web pages,
zeroing in on what matters. The pages will scale equally, with all the
elements of layout changing at the same level.
Naturalized Look & Feel
The Firefox platform looks and feels like home. Think of it as a
Firefox who’s really good at making friends. Whether you use Windows
7, Mac or Linux, the browser seamlessly integrates into your
computer’s environment. A native look makes for a flawless interface
that never gives you pause.
Need help? Our
support site has a searchable knowledge base of articles, plus
forums and tutorials full of solutions and tips for a better
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With faster start-up times, rapid graphics rendering and improved
page load speed, Firefox 4 is full of major performance improvements
you’ll notice instantly. From integrating Compartments and more
working hard under the hood to make this the most powerful Firefox
|Fx4 - more than 3.5x faster!|
|Fx4 - more than 3x faster!|
|Fx4 - more than 6x faster!|
Firefox provides uninterrupted browsing when there is a crash in
the Adobe Flash, Apple QuickTime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins. If
one of these commonly-used plugins crashes or freezes, it won't affect
the rest of Firefox. Instead, you can simply reload the page to
restart the plugin and try again.
more about plugins.
Real World Performance
since those changes are often measured in milliseconds sometimes what
matters even more is the way the browser feels when you’re actually
using it. That’s why we’re constantly optimizing Firefox to be great
for the way you use the web – things like making new tabs open up more
quickly, or having the Awesome Bar provide results even faster. In the
end, it’s about getting you where you need to go as quickly and easily
3D on the Web
WebGL brings 3D graphics to Firefox, opening the door for
developers to create vivid games and new kinds of visualizations and
experiences for the Web.
Experience super-fast graphics acceleration of video and Web
content with a new layers-based graphics system that takes advantage
of Direct2D and Direct3D on Windows and OpenGL on Mac.
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Instant Web Site ID
Want to be extra sure about a site’s legitimacy before you make a
purchase? Click on its favicon for an instant identity overview.
Another click digs deeper: how many times have you visited? Are your
passwords saved? Check up on suspicious sites, avoid Web forgeries and
make sure a site is what it claims to be.
Content Security Policy
The Content Security Policy in Firefox is designed to shut down
cross-site scripting attacks by providing a mechanism for sites to
explicitly tell the browser which content is legitimate. The browser
can then disregard any content that has not been blessed by the site,
keeping you protected in the process.
Customized Security Settings
Control the level of scrutiny you’d like Firefox to give a site.
You can even enter exceptions—sites that don’t need the third degree.
Customize settings for passwords, cookies, loading images, and
installing add-ons for a fully empowered Web experience.
Enforce parental control settings you’ve entered on Windows 7 to
stop unwanted downloads and more.
Firefox looks for a secure connection before installing or updating
add-ons, third-party software, and
Sometimes it’s nice to go undercover: turn this feature on and
protect your browsing history. You can slip in and out of private
browsing mode quickly, so it’s easy to go back to what you were doing
before as if nothing ever happened. This feature is great if you’re
doing your online banking on a shared computer or checking email from
an Internet café.
Firefox integrates elegantly with your Windows anti-virus software.
When you download a file, your computer’s anti-virus program
automatically checks it to protect you against viruses and other
malware, which could otherwise attack your computer.
Shop and do business safely on the Internet. Firefox gets a fresh
update of forgery sites a whopping 48 times a day, so if you try to
visit a fraudulent site that’s pretending to be someone you trust
(like your bank), a warning message will stop you before any harm is
Clear Recent History
Clear all your private data or just your activity over the past few
hours with a few quick clicks. You have full control over what to
delete, and then your info is gone for good—on your own computer or
the one at your local library. It’s that easy.
Firefox protects you from viruses, worms, trojan horses, and
spyware delivered over the Web. If you accidentally access an attack
site, it will warn you away from the site and tell you why it isn’t
safe to use.
Do Not Track
Many sites track your online behavior and sell that data to
advertisers. If that makes you uncomfortable, Firefox lets you tell
sites you want to opt out of behavioral tracking and keep your
browsing habits private.
Forget This Site
Having second thoughts about having visited a certain site? Remove
every trace of ever having been there!
Securing Website Connections
Firefox keeps attackers from intercepting your sensitive data by
automatically establishing secure connections to websites that offer
secure https servers.
Firefox will automatically let you know when there’s a new version
available, so you can make sure your browser is always up-to-date with
the latest and greatest security fixes.
Outdated Plugin Detection
Plugins are small bits of third-party software built by companies
like Adobe Systems or Apple to power videos, animation and games. They
can be major security risks when they get out of date, so we’ve built
an easy tool to help you stay current.
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The Add-ons Manager has been redesigned to let you discover and
install add-ons without ever leaving Firefox. Browse ratings,
recommendations, descriptions and pictures of the add-ons in action to
help you make your selection. Your Add-ons Manager even lets you view,
manage and disable third-party plugins in a few easy clicks, checking
and auto-updating any of your installed add-ons every time you open the
Dress Up Your Firefox with Personas
Change the look of your Firefox to practically anything with
Personas: thousands of easy-to-install themes created by users from
around the world (or that you make yourself!). With a single click,
you can dress your browser up in simple designs, colorful patterns,
and content from partners like Harry Potter and Bob Marley.
Everyone likes to browse their own way, so we’ve made it easy to
adjust the Firefox interface to be exactly the way you like it:
re-arrange, organize, add or remove buttons or fields to change your
browsing experience however you want. Just right click on the
navigation toolbar and select the Customize option to get started.
100,000s of Ways to Customize
The sky’s the limit with a growing library of thousands of
little extras you choose to download and install for a browser that
works your way. Manage online auctions, upload digital photos, see the
weather forecast in a glance and listen to music all from the
convenience of your browser. If you’re not sure where to begin,
visit our Rock Your Firefox site
for regular recommendations.
Add-ons are the cornerstone of customization, but adapting Firefox
to suit your style doesn’t stop there. You can add new search engines,
change toolbar preferences, display different sizes, shapes and styles
for your browser’s navigation buttons and more. With additional
preferences, you can specify a Web mail client (such as Gmail) to open
up when you click on an address from a Web page or set up a news
reader application for the blogs you encounter.
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The Cutting Edge
Newest Web Technologies
Site authors and developers will love Firefox’s new and enhanced
functionalities. If creating advanced content and applications gets
you excited, Firefox is the best browser choice. Visit our
Web O' Wonder to learn more.
Make annoying form implementation development a thing of the past.
Firefox-integrated form features like list attributes and HTML
validation provide the tools you need.
WebM and HD Video
As pioneers of HTML5 video standards, Firefox also supports the
WebM format so you can watch open HD-quality video.
Firefox includes an HTML5-ready parser. This parser brings with it
new capabilities, most notably inline SVG, but also improves
performance by running the parsing algorithm on its own processor.
Firefox includes an early version of
give developers a first look at experimenting with local storage in
You have to see it to believe it. Thanks to our upgraded graphics
engine, the rendering of text and graphics, including SVG and Canvas,
is faster and sharper than ever before. Firefox automatically
color-corrects images (like your digital photos) to make sure the
colors are exactly as their data intended.
Enhanced File API
With added support for .click() to the File upload control, .slice
and file API urls, Firefox allows developers to better customize the
file upload experience.
Stylin’ Pages with CSS3
Support for new CSS3 features like border-radius, box-shadow and
other Transitions and Transformations makes it easy to add elegant
animations to Web pages.
Firefox is changing the way media is integrated on the Web. HTML5
data. We’ve exposed the raw audio data so you can create great sounds!
Firefox now integrates multi-touch support for Windows 7, enabling
you to interact with your browser in a whole new way.
Want to know what makes cutting-edge sites tick? Firefox allows you
to peek under the hood of dynamic web pages with this experimental
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Firefox supports open font formats like WOFF, TrueType and
OpenType, meaning site designers are no longer limited to a select
handful of web-ready fonts as they create their sites. Because Firefox
makes sure to display and render type properly even if you don’t have
the font installed on your computer, you can view a wide variety of
fonts while you browse.
The Language of Firefox
Firefox speaks your language like no other browser on earth.
Because the Web is a public resource shared by everyone, we’ve made
our browser available in as many languages as possible. We have over
75 different translations, from French and Chinese to Finnish and
Better Text Rendering
Read your language as it’s written—more like real life. Our
graphics engine renders Arabic, Persian, Punjabi and other script
languages in a remarkably seamless way.
Emphasis on Accessibility
By minimizing keystrokes, allowing users to zoom in on Web pages
and supporting screen readers, Firefox is that much easier to use for
those with mobility disabilities and visual impairments.
Go beyond translation and experience the web in a way that makes
sense to you. Local developers who know what’s best for their
community have customized your Firefox browsing experience with local
dictionaries, search providers, live bookmarks and Web feeds.
Depending on where you live, you’ll see things like BBC headlines
tailored to your region or experience features that work with Baidu,
the Chinese search engine.