Learn Firefox

I finally downloaded and installed the Read it Later extension I mentioned earlier. After I downloaded, installed, and restarted Firefox, I got a box asking me to drag the ‘read later’ and ‘reading list’ buttons to my toolbar. I hit OK, and it opened a box for me, but I didn’t see those buttons to drag. I ended up closing the box, and then I couldn’t figure out how I got it. I finally figured it out – right-click on the toolbar, and select ‘Customize’ – so that was pretty easy. When I reopened it, the buttons I was looking for were there. I simply dragged them to the toolbar, and they are waiting for me to use them.

Somehow I found this page that explained it all. I’m looking through the pages I was on, and I still can’t figure out how I got there. One of these days I am going to keep track of my path through the Web. It would be quite interesting. I did pay attention to the main site that this page is a part of, and I think it should be quite useful. It’s called Learn Firefox, and it’s a visual guide to the Firefox browser. I just jumped in, downloaded, and started using the browser, but I don’t think it can hurt to go back and see if there’s something I can use here. For instance, there’s a page here called Rearrange the Order of Your Tabs. I wish I had read this earlier, because I was using Firefox for ages, and loving the tabs, before I realized I could rearrange my tabs.

Learn Firefox has different categories such as themes, extensions, bookmarks, news, and more. It’s nicely organized and easy to read, and it just might help you learn something you didn’t know about Firefox.

What Browser Do You Use?

I’ve been using Firefox for quite a while now. Before that I used Netscape, and I still use it when I need to create or edit a web page. I’m linking to the Netscape Browser Archive because, when they came out with version 8, I think, it was just a browser. I like the complete Netscape package – browser, email, and composer. Those people who never create or edit a web page don’t need the composer, so they don’t really miss it. I haven’t upgraded since version 7.1, and I probably won’t. I appreciate that they keep the older versions available here so that you can download and install the version that meets your needs.

I know there are people who use that browser that comes with their Windows operating system, but I refuse to use it. There are a few times I have to open it to see what a web page looks like in IE, but I even try to avoid that. Usually I can assume that, no matter how nice the page might look in any other browser, it is going to be messed up in IE. I don’t know why that is, but it irritates me to no end, and I usually don’t know how to fix it.

In Firefox, I have the IE Tab extension installed so that I can check things, without opening that other browser. That’s pretty handy. There are over a thousand useful add-ons for Firefox, making it easy to customize your browser and make it do what you want. Usually I just start browsing and installing the ones that interest me, but today I found this list of the Best Firefox Extensions – compiled and broken down into categories. Each one has a brief description of the extension and what it does, and the link to download it. Instead of having to browse through endless extensions trying to find the right ones, you might appreciate starting with this list. I’ll be going through it to see what great extensions I’ve missed and don’t have yet.

Also, in the future, I will be listing my favorite extensions here, too. Maybe I like some that haven’t made this list.

Read it Later

I do this all the time. I surf the Internet. I find things I’d like to read, but I don’t always have time to read them right then. I end up opening links in new tabs, planning to read them before I close my browser for the night. Many times I forget what tabs I have open, and end up closing everything – and never get a chance to read those things I thought looked interesting.

Today I found this Firefox extension called Read It Later.

Here’s how it works:

  1. When you come across something you want to read later, simply click the ‘Read Later’ button and the page is inserted into your reading list.
  2. Then, later when you have some time, click ‘Reading List’ and it will randomly pull up something for you to read. (I’m not sure I like the random part, but I will have to play with it to see how it really works)
  3. When you are finished, click ‘Mark It As Read’ and it will be removed from your list. If, after reading it, you feel that it’s something you want to keep and add to your bookmarks, you can use the dropdown under Mark It As Read to do that.

Chances are I will use this to create a whole list of pages and news items that I want to read later, and I won’t read most of them. Still, I like the idea of having an easy way to save them, so I don’t end up losing them at the end of the day when I close my browser.