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Firefox For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Blake Ross
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Book Description

  • Firefox For Dummies gives you the inside scoop on the exciting new browser from the Web wizard that got it started. The book's author, Blake Ross, began developing Firefox as a teenager. Once available to the world, the simple and powerful tool was an instant hit claiming a sizable share of the Web browser market with over 140 million downloads.
  • In this book Blake not only gives you the lowdown on how to use Firefox for safe Web searching, but he also shares his insight into how the product came to life. It's a combination of practical tech insight 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 customized themes and toolbars, using tabbed browsing, downloading and saving files, maintaining security and privacy, eliminating annoying popups, and adding Firefox extensions.

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From the Back Cover

Make your online world safer, easier, and a lot more fun, for free!

Firefox is a lot like a For Dummies book — designed to make things easier for the rest of us. Now, one of the guys who invented it shows you how to use the browser made for people, not programmers. This book shows how you can view multiple Web pages at one time, how you can easily move your favorite links and bookmarks from your old browser into Firefox, how Firefox keeps you safe online, and much more.

Discover how to

  • Acquire and install Firefox
  • Make the transition from another browser
  • Use Firefox's innovative tabbed browsing
  • Manage bookmarks with ease
  • Maintain online privacy and security
  • Customize your browser

About the Author

Blake Ross discovered computers when he was 4 and hasn’t had time to eat since then. He began working at Netscape at 14 and cofounded the Firefox project two years later to make the Web easy to use for plain old human beings. He also cofounded the community evangelism project, which has changed the face of software marketing and distribution. Blake was featured on the cover of Wired Magazine in early 2005, and he has since been featured in dozens of international publications and television shows to promote computing simplicity. He is on leave from Stanford University, where he is an undergraduate.
Blake is currently working on a new project with some of the original Firefox team. If you enjoy Firefox, you’ll enjoy what’s coming next, so sign up at to hear when it launches.

Product Details

  • File Size: 15028 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051BKY0E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Firefox for Dummies August 4, 2006
I asked to review this book for one reason only: my parents. You see, I visited them this summer and helped them upgrade their graphite iBook SE to OS X 10.2 (it's what they had, forgive me!), as well as setting them up with a copy of Firefox, as Safari wasn't included on their installation disks, and the only version I could find online was for a later OS X version.

Now, my father is a bit on the...obsessive side. He will read a product manual inside and out before he even sits in front of the actual thing he's trying to learn to use. My mother is almost the complete opposite. She wants to be able to get to her favorite websites, and have them work.

This book, FIrefox for Dummies, by Blake Ross, should work for both of them. It's chock full of details, history and hidden wonders of Firefox. It's written in a clean prose style that never confuses, and often elucidates effortlessly. The author admits in the beginning of the book that Firefox was designed from the ground up to be a simple browser, free of the techie-pleasing but ultimately normal-confusing widgets and gewgaws that plague most other modern browsers. HE should know, too, since he was one of the founders of the team that created Firefox.

My father can read this book from cover to cover and know more about Firefox than I could ever remember. My mother can dip in to the book at random to help her troubleshoot or learn something specific, and then close it. Both of my parents will be able to use this book (and the browser itself, actually) to get exactly what they need and want out of the browser now on their computer.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Firefox books for end-users May 8, 2006
By Parmadi
I own five books on Firefox: Firefox Hacks, Firefox and Thunderbird Garage, Firefox Secrets, Firefox and Thunderbird (beyond Browsing and Email), and this one: Firefox for Dummies.

Although I like to have more than one book on a particular subject I can confidently say that - for me - this book alone makes the other four superfluous.

It describes all the essential parts in enough detail and in simple language that every non-geek can understand. It also includes a chapter on printing, which is ignored by the other books. Furthermore, the treatment on security, privacy, downloading, customization and extensions is also much easier to follow.

In short, if you only want to have just one book on Firefox, make it this one.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great FireFox Book By FireFox Co-Creator January 12, 2006
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I received the book today. I admit that I've been a FireFox user for long time so I know many of the information mentioned in the book. But I believe the book is a great book for new users and a great way to convince other web browsers that it is definitely time to switch to FireFox! Well written book with helpful tips and shortcuts. Recommended for everybody.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
I'll confess... I didn't expect much from this book. Firefox For Dummies by Blake Ross was, in my opinion, going to be a "me too" book about the joys of using Firefox over Internet Explorer. But much to my surprise, this may be one of my favorite Firefox books now...


Part 1 - Getting Fired Up: Why You Should Fire Your Old Browser; Finding Your Way Around Firefox; Setting Up Firefox

Part 2 - Ready, Aim, Firefox: Finding Information Online; Bookmarking Great Sites; Returning to Sites You've Visited; Browsing With Tabs; Filling In Forms Quickly; Blocking Popup Ads; E-Mailing with Thunderbird; Downloading and Saving Files; Printing Web Pages; Finding Additional Help

Part 3 - Outfoxing Hackers: Clearing Your Tracks; Staying Safe Online

Part 4 - Dressing Up the Fox: Setting Your Options; Finding Your Dream Theme; Tailoring Your Toolbars; Controlling the Way Web Sites Look; Extending Firefox

Part 5 - The Part of Tens: Ten Secrets to a Foxier Web; The Ten Best Firefox Extensions;

Appendices: Firefox Menu Reference; Firefox Keyboard Reference; Firefox Drag-and-Drop Reference


First off, this isn't a book for the alpha geeks or the people who have already dived deeply into Firefox. It's best suited for someone who uses IE because "it's there", but is open to learning more about alternative browsing options which are more secure and powerful. Even if you've switched to Firefox, there may be a number of features or options that you haven't yet checked out. For instance, I didn't know that you can set your "home page" to actually be multiple home pages that all open in tabs.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and understand! July 3, 2006
By Glenn
I'm not really a "computer person" but I would say I know my way around the Web decently. I was given this book as a gift from my daughter after one too many complaint about pop-ups or viruses, I suppose. After the initial annoyance of being given a book "for dummies" I actually cracked it open and was convinced to try Firefox.

Author Ross does a great job of walking you through using Firefox, A to Z, and even further. I've never read another For Dummies book, but if they are all this comprehensive I will start. Throughout the process of downloading, switching my bookmarks, and then learning the new features, I never felt lost. I only had to call my daughter once for advice, and it was on what "extensions" I should download.

In short, if you've ever felt like you should give up on trying to understand computers and the programs for it, or that viruses were just inevitable, give this book a shot. Ross will probably convince you in just a few short pages that it can be easier than you'd expect.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I have this book but it isn't as easy to read for a newbie as I had...
I just downloaded Firefox ver. 37.0.2. I have this book but it isn't as easy to read for a newbie as I had hoped. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Margaret L. Sparks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by kitty
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
i wish there was a newer version. isthere a Mozilla Firefox available?
Published 4 months ago by iminsaneru2
5.0 out of 5 stars Firefox for Dummies
Excellent source for all info regarding usage of Firefox. Clear and concise. The book has resolved many, many questions in the use of Firefox.
Published 12 months ago by Nick Pappadakis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Crammed full of helpful tips and information for anyone new to Firefox. I learned to navigate my way out of a lot of jams with this book.
Published 14 months ago by Twopony
1.0 out of 5 stars Still confusing
Just can not seem to get Firefox.Book was no help at all.
Possibly just me but I still can not get it.
I think the problem is with Firefox rather than the book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by James M.Kidd,111,M.D.
4.0 out of 5 stars A necessity for this dummy
My computer geek insisted on replacing IE with Firefox. I was flummoxed with the decision and knew I wasn't savvy enough to use it to its best extent without help. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Cody
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good browser information
The browser is quite easy to navigate, but this book gave me some history of the browser and pointed out that they do not keep my information for "farming" purposes. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Phlumena Shelton
5.0 out of 5 stars great price
Why pay $20 for this in a bookstore when I got it for less than $5. Just what I needed to prepare me for my work at home career
Published on March 7, 2013 by Barbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Firefox For Dummies
Excellent service, prompt delivery, excellent conditon
as described, packaged well.
Would use again.
Published on January 26, 2010 by Lenore Chicka
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