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    Firefox - primer (Firefox2)

    Hello -

    Am going to install Firefox and would like to know if there is anything I should be aware of being do so. Am currently using IE7.

    Am not too savvy (as most of you are aware). I have been reading the information on their website but before taking the plunge, I'd appreciate knowing if there is anything I should do before/after to make it a smooth transition.

    Thank you.

    Acer

    P.S. I have read here that some sites require IE. If running Firefox and such a site is encountered, is there a message advising the user?

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    Re: Firefox - primer (Firefox2)

    I'd say if you're a "successful" user of IE you won't have any trouble getting the hang of Firefox. Go for it! I would recommend that you DON'T pile on any add-ons for awhile, until you get used to using Fx. You should also know that Fx doesn't mess up your ability to switch back and forth between Fx and IE whenever you want.

    Although there are some sites that will tell you which browser is "required" I seem to most often find out with a page not rendering correctly or failing to load completely. It's usually pretty obvious.

    We're here if you need help...

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    Re: Firefox - primer (Firefox2)

    Thanks, Al - for your QUICK response. You give me confidence to proceed.

    Acer

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    Re: Firefox - primer (Firefox2)

    For IE-only sites, you can use:

    IE Tab
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    IE View

    The former opens up the site in an IE tab within Firefox , the latter loads it in a separate instance of IE itself plus you will also have the (Tools) option to 'Always view this site in IE'.

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    Re: Firefox - primer (Firefox2)

    Ah, compiling useful tips already.

    Thank you, Leif.

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    Re: Firefox - primer (Firefox2)

    With the exception of these two essentials, I second Al's advice to keep add-ons at bay until you're happy with the basics.

    A third, if you aim to use IE on the side, is PlainOldFavorites for direct access to your IE favorites (it adds "Favorites" to the FF menu bar).

    If you get carried away with add-ons, you can quickly cripple a great product (voice of an experienced fiddler). They can slow down FF and clutter up the menus, toolbars, status bars, etc.

    That said, with judicious use of add-ons, it's easy to tweak FF to suit your needs.
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    Re: Firefox - primer (Firefox2)

    You may find the following Mozilla articles useful.
    Installing Firefox on Windows
    Importing from Internet Explorer (Firefox normally imports the settings from IE when you first install it)
    Customizing your Firefox with add-ons (As Al stated above, it's best not to go over the top with installing add-ons)

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    Re: Firefox - primer (Firefox2)

    Thank you Tim and Tony. I will do my homework.

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    Re: Firefox - primer (Firefox2)

    Hi -

    Yes, it seems as though PlainOldFavorites does make sense to download. How then would I respond to the Importing window when installing Firefox: The choices are
    Internet Options
    Cookies
    Browsing History
    Saved Form History
    Saved Passwords
    Favorites.
    Do I uncheck only Favorites on that list?.
    (I had tried to research this on my own, to no avail.)

    And, finally, after FF is installed I then proceed to [url]addons.mozilla.org[url]
    and click on the PlainOld..link.-is this, correct?

    Thank you.

    (Didn't know if I should make this a new thread....)

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    Re: Firefox - primer (Firefox2)

    I recommend that you import the favorites from IE even if you use the PlainOldFavorites extension.

    You install PlainOldFavorites by clicking on the "Install Now" button.

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    Re: Firefox - primer (Firefox2)

    Okay. And thanks much.

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    Re: Firefox - primer (Firefox2)

    If I had been here in time, my recommendation would have been to not import from IE, if using POF.

    The reasons, in increasingly subjective order:
    <UL><LI>You can import the IE Favorites after you find your feet with FF, if you want to.
    <LI>You can update the IE Favorites via POF in FF; handy if you need to switch between the IE & FF, you're unsure whether you'll stick with FF <img src=/S/shocked.gif border=0 alt=shocked width=15 height=15>, or you also use the IE Favorites as a toolbar in your taskbar (as I do).
    <LI>The IE Favorites are more directly accessible via POF, than FF Bookmarks (fewer steps).
    <LI>Depending on how zealously you've maintained your Favorites, you could miss the chance for an overdue "spring clean" or restructure that you may have been plotting.[/list]This doesn't mean I'm right and Tony's wrong (or vive versa), just that we have differing ways to skin the cat.
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    Re: Firefox - primer (Firefox2)

    I have three questions of my own to add, and any replies might interest others in this thread.

    I have a brand new Vista computer, and will have the option of choosing Firefox from the get-go. It is capable of, and I expect to run, 64-bit applications. Does this complicate matters?

    I expect to keep Outlook rather than switch to another email client. Will there be any compatibility problems?

    I have been told (here in the Lounge) that Windows Update can use Firefox instead of IE. How does that work?

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    Re: Firefox - primer (Firefox2)

    1. <LI>Dunno - still with XP - try Google, if no definitive advice here.
      <LI>OK since your email & browser should be independent of each other. I've used Outlook (from 2000 to 2007) with FF without issues.
      <LI>Use the add-ons Leif mentioned <!post=above,683442>above<!/post> & you'll be fine. They use the IE engine within FF so MS won't reject you as a "foreigner".
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