Firefox in a Nutshell

Tabs, Searching and Saving 

Using Tabbed Browsing

Tabbed browsing enables you to open several web pages in a single Firefox window. Each page appears in a separate tab. In the screen shot below you see a single window with two tabs displayed at the very top of the page.


To open a new tab, click on the + sign to the right of the two tabs shown or use the Orange Button  menu command:  New Tab or Press Ctrl+T. New tabs will open immediately to the right of the current tab.

To open a link in a new tab, if you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, click the wheel while pointing to a link or right-click the link and the link will open in a new tab.

A simple way to close single tabs is to click the Close Tab button


The Firefox search bar comes pre-loaded with access to some search engines. 

For example, if you want to find information about the World Cup: Click in the search bar:

Type the phrase world cup. Your typing replaces any text currently in the search bar.
Press Enter, Return or click the magnifying glass to search.

The search results for "world cup" appear in the Firefox window.Other search engines can be accessed from the drop down menu included in the left hand side of the search box.

Searching for text within a page

To find text within the page you are currently viewing in Firefox:

Press Ctrl+F or select  Find from the Firefox Orange Menu Button to open the Find Toolbar at the bottom of the Firefox window. Type the text you want to find. The search automatically begins as soon as you type something into the search box:


Clearing all search items in the History

To clear all items in your search history, right click / hold down the Ctrl key while you click on the input field of the search bar, and select Clear Search History.


Your search bar history is cleared.

Switching search engines

To change the active search engine, click the down arrow next to the search engine's icon, then select a new search engine.

 In the event you wish to add an additional search engine not shown in the list, you will need to open the the Search Engines Manager, click the search engine icon and select Manage Search Engines.

Click Get more search engines. This will take you to the relevant Mozilla webpage when you will be able to down load other search engines as an Add-On  For more information on how to do this, see the chapter on Add-ons.

Saving whole pages and single images

On the Firefox Orange Button  menu, choose Save Page As. The Save As dialog box appears.

  • Web Page, Complete: Save the whole web page along with pictures.
  • Web Page, HTML Only: Save the original page without pictures. This choice preserves the original HTML in one file.
  • Text file: Save the original page as a text file.
Type a file name for the page and click Save

To save an image from a page

Position the mouse pointer over the image. Right-click / Press Ctrl and click on the image to display a pop-up menu.

Click Save Image As. The Save Image dialog box appears which looks much the same as the Save As dialogue box above. Choose a location for the saved image. Type a file name for the image and click Save.