If you are new to this blog, then you don’t know yet that I am a Firefox fanatic. If you don’t have Firefox installed on your computer, GET IT: http://getfirerfox.com. I just haven’t found any browser that offers such a plethora of add-ons and features. For instance, I currently have Scribefire, Zotero, Notebook, Twitbin, and GSpace installed on my home computer’s Firefox browser. If you don’t know what a Firefox browser add-on is, go to this page and read about some of them. Guaranteed you will find some add-ons that will help make your work easier and more productive. In fact, after just going to this page right now, I saw an add-on that would be very useful for foreign language courses or English language learners, a handy foreign language dictionary. There are many dictionaries to choose from (I just downloaded the Finnish one, so I’ll soon be trying that out.)
One thing I’d like to remind you of or tell you about is that you can have your websites open automatically all at once when you open the Firefox browser. To customize how Firefox opens your websites, yust click Firefox>Preferences in the main menu bar after you open Firefox and then have the Main tab or icon open. (I use an Apple, so on a PC, you may see tabs.)
You can direct Firefox to open certain pages, for instance. This is very handy, because most of us at least START the work day with certain sites we automatically go to: our Gmail, iGoogle, our blog, feed reader, etc. To have Firefox automatically open these in tabs for you, you can copy and paste the addresses in the Home Page bar, dividing them by the vertical line (symbol right above the left slash, the key right above the return key on your keyboard.) After you enter the pages, just select Use Current Pages and either save on your PC or close this window on your Apple. The next time you restart Firefox, your selected sites will open in tabs. Give it a try and make sure you entered the sites correctly.
Another option Firefox provides is the “Use Bookmark.” This might even be easier for you if you want to create a bookmark folder in the Firefox Bookmarks menu. Add all of your sites to a bookmark and then simply select this bookmark for Firefox to use as your default opening pages.
Another really cool thing you should know about is that you can move the tabs on your Firefox browser. Simply grab the tab and move it where you want it. Yes, it is THAT easy.
You may also notice on this Main tab that Firefox allows YOU to decide where you want to save your downloaded files. You might want to download your files to one folder on your desktop (I call this folder “junkdrawer,” so I am reminded to empty it when I no longer need the files.) If you do have all of your files downloaded to your desktop, make sure you clean it off every day or so. Otherwise your computer desktop is so cluttered with files, you can’t find anything. And you don’t want to be in that situation!