Firefox Tweak Guide

Author: Koroush Ghazi

Last Modified: March 2014

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Mozilla Firefox, or simply Firefox for short, is just a free Internet browser. It's not a cure for cancer. It doesn't wash your car or make you a frothy coffee. Why all the fuss and hype over Firefox? In a nutshell, the reason is simple: Firefox is a true open source competitor to Microsoft's Internet Explorer; a dynamic and evolving browser which is constantly gaining new features that make browsing the Internet easier, safer and more enjoyable. Most importantly, Firefox is the most customizable browser available today.

"So what's wrong with Internet Explorer?" you ask. Well despite being a good browser, Microsoft was getting complacent. Internet Explorer's vulnerability to numerous security breaches was growing by the day, yet many simple things MS could do to patch these up were left undone. Internet Explorer lacked many convenience features often-requested but never delivered. And finally, Internet Explorer did not adhere completely to web standards; it pretty much set its own standards. In short Internet Explorer was stagnating due to lack of competition. That all changed when Firefox emerged as a legitimate challenger. In the past few years Firefox has forced Microsoft to incorporate many much-needed security, convenience and customization features, along with interface and performance improvements, most recently in Internet Explorer 10.

With the appearance of other browsers on the scene such as Chrome, competition has only accelerated in the browser market. Yet Firefox still holds fast as one of the most popular browsers in the world.

What exactly makes Firefox great? It has all the useful and familiar features of Internet Explorer, yet provides a range of innovative new features, tight security, and has as its single biggest attraction the almost limitless potential for user customization. Mozilla continues to improve Firefox, increasing its speed, reducing its resource usage, adding desirable new functionality and further securing users by providing both greater access to information about the sites they browse, as well as preventing the browsing of potentially malicious or fraudulent sites.

Whether you're a first-time user or a veteran, this Firefox Tweak Guide brings together all the major tips, tricks and tweaks for Firefox - from the very basic to the very advanced. The guide provides all the information you need to know about all of Firefox's features, and how you can use them to your advantage. Consider it a crash course in all things Firefox. You can also rest assured that the guide is not written by a raving Firefox fanboy; it's a true objective TweakGuides tweak guide, and is fully up to date with the latest version of Firefox.

Note: This guide refers to the latest official version of Mozilla Firefox Version 28.0. It is designed specifically for those running Firefox on Windows, however most of the features, tips and tweaks in this guide apply equally to Firefox on other platforms. Make sure to check back regularly for updates.