|Firefox 2 Features List
customize and manage Firefox to make it your browser.
Here's a list of just some of the many new features that
Firefox has to offer.
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Improved Tabbed browsing
We love tabs as much as you do, so Firefox 2 will open new web
pages in tabs by default. Each of those tabs has its own close
button, but don’t worry - if you accidentally close a tab, just go to
the History menu to bring it back from the list of “Recently Closed
Tabs.” You’ll never be crunched for space anymore, either. When
you have too many tabs open to comfortably fit in a single window,
scroll arrows will appear on either side, and a button on the right
side will always show you an easy-to-read list of all your open tabs.
Sometimes you’re in a rush, and can’t remember if it’s “i” before “e”
or the other way around. Firefox 2 has built-in spell checking to
keep you from making any mistakes in your blog posts and Web-
based email, so you can worry about more important things.
Some of the search engines in Firefox 2 can read your mind, and
actually suggest search terms for what you’re looking for. Just start
typing into the Search bar, and a drop down list of suggestions will
appear. (Works for Google, Yahoo! and Answers.com.)
Losing your place while you’re doing things on the Web is a pain.
Now, with Session Restore, if Firefox has to restart or closes when
it comes back you’ll pick up exactly where you left off. The windows
and tabs you were using, the text you typed into forms, and the in-
progress downloads you had running will all be restored. You can
even set Firefox 2 to always restore your previous session instead
of loading a home page, so you’ll never lose your place again.
What do news headlines, indie rock podcasts, and pictures of
kittens have in common? They’re all things that you can subscribe
to with Web feeds. Firefox 2 gives you full control over Web feeds,
showing you a preview and letting you choose how you want to
subscribe. You can use a Firefox Live Bookmark, or a feed reader
that you’ve installed on your computer, or through a Web service
such as My Yahoo!, Bloglines or Google Reader.
Keep an eye on that auction or the status of a delivery using the
new Live Titles feature in Firefox 2. Compact enough to fit as a
bookmark label, Live Titles are regularly updated summaries of the
most important information on a Web page. As the information on
the page gets updated, so does your Live Title. Try one out in
Firefox 2 by bookmarking www.woot.com.
Firefox helps you find whatever it is that you’re looking for. The
Search bar comes pre-loaded with search engines for Google,
Yahoo!, Amazon, eBay, Answers.com, and Creative Commons.
Wherever you are on the Web, you can enter a search term in the
Search bar and receive immediate answers from the search engine
you’ve chosen. You can select a new search engine from the Search
bar menu at any time, and add search engines from hundreds of
your favorite Web sites.
Firefox Live Bookmarks let you view Web feeds such as news and
blog headlines in the bookmarks toolbar or menu. With one glance,
quickly review the latest headlines from your favorite sites and click
to go directly to the articles that interest you.
Firefox keeps you in control of the Web pages you’re viewing,
blocking annoying pop-ups. Firefox’s pop-up blocker notifies you
when pop-ups are blocked via the information bar or icon on the
lower right of the screen.
The user interface in Firefox 2 has been updated to improve
usability without altering the familiarity of the browsing experience.
Firefox delivers a better browsing experience for everyone -
including those who are visually impaired. Firefox includes support
for DHTML accessibility. Web developers can create pages that
reduce the amount of tabbing required to navigate a document to
minimize keystrokes for those with mobility disabilities. Firefox also
includes support for Microsoft Active Accessibility, Microsoft’s
accessibility API standard for Windows. This support allows Firefox
to work with screen readers such as GW Micro’s Window-Eyes and
Freedom Scientific’s JAWS. Firefox 2 (Windows version) meets US
federal government requirements that software be easily accessible
to users with physical impairments.
Phishing Protection takes Firefox’s security to a new level, helping
to safeguard your financial information and protect you from identity
theft. When you encounter a Web site that is a suspected forgery
(known as a “phishing” site) Firefox will warn you and offer to take
you to a search page so you can find the real Web site you were
At the heart of Firefox is an open source development process
driven by thousands of passionate, experienced developers and
security experts spread all over the world. Our openness and active
community of experts helps to ensure our products are more secure
and updated quickly, while also enabling us to take advantage of
the best third party security scanning and evaluation tools to
further bolster overall security.
Firefox’s update system always checks to see if you’re running the
latest version, and notifies you when a security update is available.
These security updates are small (usually 200KB - 700KB), giving
you only what you need and making the security update quick to
download and install. The automated update system provides
updates for Firefox on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux in over 40
Firefox will not allow a Web site to download, install, or run
programs on your computer without your explicit agreement. Period.
You will be notified whenever downloading or installing software,
and Firefox will always tell you what’s happening so that you can
stay in control of your computer.
Firefox offers the ability to clear all your private Web browsing data
with just one click with the “Clear Private Data” tool. You can be
confident that when you clear your private data in Firefox it’s gone -
whether you are using your own computer or one at the library.
You can choose from over 1,000 add-ons at the Firefox Add-ons
Web site. A Firefox add-on can help you comparison shop, share
bookmarks with your friends, see the weather in a corner of your
browser, write to your weblog, get news, listen to music - all from
inside the browser you already love. You can even change the
appearance of your browser - from buttons to colors and fonts - so
that it matches your own personal style.
The new Add-ons Manager improves the user interface for managing
extensions and themes, making it even easier for you to customize
Firefox 2. Install, uninstall, enable and disable your add-ons in a
You can now quickly add, remove and re-order your search engines
in the Search bar. Firefox 2 will also detect when a Web site has a
search engine that can be installed, and will install it for you with a
single click in the drop-down menu.
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