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Authors: Blake Ross
ISBN-13: 9780471748991, ISBN-10: 0471748994
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Date Published: December 2005
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Blake Ross

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.

Book Synopsis

  • 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.

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Why you should fire your old browser7
Ch. 2Finding your way around Firefox19
Ch. 3Setting up Firefox27
Ch. 4Finding information online43
Ch. 5Bookmarking great sites55
Ch. 6Returning to sites you've visited77
Ch. 7Browsing with tabs87
Ch. 8Filling in forms quickly99
Ch. 9Blocking popup ads111
Ch. 10E-mailing with Thunderbird117
Ch. 11Downloading and saving files137
Ch. 12Printing Web pages153
Ch. 13Finding additional help169
Ch. 14Clearing your tracks177
Ch. 15Staying safe online191
Ch. 16Setting your options215
Ch. 17Finding your dream theme229
Ch. 18Tailoring your toolbars235
Ch. 19Controlling the way Web sites look247
Ch. 20Extending Firefox257
Ch. 21Ten secrets to a foxier Web269
Ch. 22The ten best Firefox extensions283
App. AFirefox menu reference301
App. BFirefox keyboard reference323
App. CFirefox drag-and-drop reference337




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