Navigating Web pages

When you start Firefox, you see your home page. By default, you see Firefox's home page.

Tips:

  • To display more web content on the screen, you can use Full Screen mode. Full Screen mode condenses the Firefox toolbars into one small toolbar. To enable Full Screen mode, select View > Full Screen or press F11.
  • To go to your home page quickly, press Alt+HomeOpt or use the Home button on the Firefox toolbar.

You can navigate to a new web page by typing its Web address (or URL) into the location bar. URLs normally begin with "http://" followed by one or more names that identify the address. One example is "http://www.mozilla.org/".

  1. Click the location bar to select the URL that is already there.
  2. Type the URL of the page you want to visit.
    The URL replaces the former text in the location bar.
  3. Press EnterReturn.

Tip: To quickly select the text in the location bar, press Ctrl+LCmd.

Don't know a URL? Try typing something specific to the page you want to visit, e.g. a name, into the Location Bar and hit EnterReturn. This will take you to the top result in Google for that term. 

Been there before? Start typing words from the title or URL that you're trying to get back to. Firefox will suggest sites that match out of your history and bookmarks to let you get back to frequently visited sites faster.

Most web pages contain links you can click to move to other pages.

  1. Move the mouse pointer until it changes to a pointing finger. This happens whenever the pointer is over a link. Most links are underlined text, but buttons and pictures can also be links.
  2. Click the link once. While the network locates the link's page, status messages will appear at the bottom of the window.

Retracing your steps

There are several ways to revisit pages:

  • To go back or forward one page, click the Back or Forward button.
  • To go back or forward more than one page, click the small triangle by the Back and Forward buttons.
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    Firefox shows a list of pages you've recently visited. To return to a page, choose it from the list.  The current page is marked with a small black dot.

  • To see a list of frequently visited URLs you've typed into the location bar, click the down arrow at the right end of the location bar. To view a page, choose it from the list.
  • To choose from pages you've visited during the current session, click the History menu and use the list in the bottom section of the menu.
  • 2.0:
    To choose from pages you've visited during the past several sessions, open the History menu and choose Show in Sidebar. You will see the History Sidebar. The History Sidebar displays a list of folders. Clicking the folders displays subfolders or titles of web pages. You can click a page's title to view that page.
    3:
    To choose from pages you've visited during the past several sessions, click the History menu and choose Show All History. The Library window displays a list of folders. Clicking the folders displays subfolders or titles of web pages. You can click a page's title to view that page.

Stopping and reloading

If a page is loading too slowly or you no longer wish to view a page, click the Stop button. Firefox displays what has been loaded so far.  You can then navigate to a different page using the back button or the location bar.

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To reload the current page or to get the most up-to-date version, click the Reload button or press Ctrl+R.Cmd

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