- Firefox For Dummies gives you the inside scoop on the excitingnew browser from the Web wizard that got it started. The book'sauthor, Blake Ross, began developing Firefox as a teenager. Onceavailable to the world, the simple and powerful tool was an instanthit claiming a sizable share of the Web browser market with over140 million downloads.
- In this book Blake not only gives you the lowdown on how to useFirefox for safe Web searching, but he also shares his insight intohow the product came to life. It's a combination of practical techinsight and a good story that is rare in computer books.
- Topics covered include downloading and installing Firefox,creating a home page, searching with Google, creating customizedthemes and toolbars, using tabbed browsing, downloading and savingfiles, maintaining security and privacy, eliminating annoyingpopups, and adding Firefox extensions.
About the Author
Blake Ross discovered computers when he was 4 andhasn’t had time to eat since then. He began working atNetscape at 14 and cofounded the Firefox project two years later tomake the Web easy to use for plain old human beings. He alsocofounded the SpreadFirefox.com community evangelism project, whichhas changed the face of software marketing and distribution. Blakewas featured on the cover of Wired Magazine in early 2005,and he has since been featured in dozens of internationalpublications and television shows to promote computing simplicity.He is on leave from Stanford University, where he is anundergraduate.Blake is currently working on a new project with some of theoriginal Firefox team. If you enjoy Firefox, you’ll enjoywhat’s coming next, so sign up at www.blakeross.com to hearwhen it launches.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Fired Up.
Chapter 1: Why You Should Fire Your Old Browser.
Chapter 2: Finding Your Way Around Firefox.
Chapter 3: Setting Up Firefox.
Part II: Ready, Aim, Firefox.
Chapter 4: Finding Information Online.
Chapter 5: Bookmarking Great Sites.
Chapter 6: Returning to Sites You’ve Visited.
Chapter 7: Browsing with Tabs.
Chapter 8: Filling In Forms Quickly.
Chapter 9: Blocking Popup Ads.
Chapter 10: E-Mailing with Thunderbird.
Chapter 11: Downloading and Saving Files.
Chapter 12: Printing Web Pages.
Chapter 13: Finding Additional Help.
Part III: Outfoxing Hackers.
Chapter 14: Clearing Your Tracks.
Chapter 15: Staying Safe Online.
Part IV: Dressing Up the Fox.
Chapter 16: Setting Your Options.
Chapter 17: Finding Your Dream Theme.
Chapter 18: Tailoring Your Toolbars.
Chapter 19: Controlling the Way Web Sites Look.
Chapter 20: Extending Firefox.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 21: Ten Secrets to a Foxier Web.
Chapter 22: The Ten Best Firefox Extensions.
Appendix A: Firefox Menu Reference.
Appendix B: Firefox Keyboard Reference.
Appendix C: Firefox Drag-and-Drop Reference.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's rare that you can find a technical book that works for both beginners and power users, but if you're considering switching browsers or you've already done so, this book has a lot to offer. Blake Ross is the co-creator of Firefox, making him the perfect person to walk you through the program from start to finish. For those who are using Firefox because they're sick of IE, I especially recommend Chapters 14 and 15, about security and 'outfoxing hackers.' After of course you pick up the basics in Part II. Even those already familair with the program can get a lot out of Part IV, 'Dressing Up the Fox'. 'Firefox for Dummies' is a book I would not hesitate to give to someone unfamiliar with computers. You'd be surprised how easy Firefox is once you get the hang of it, and I'd say the program keeps with Ross's vision of making something his mom could use. With his insight, he's the perfect person to walk you through it all.