How to Harness the Power of Firefox Add-ons

Firefox Browser LogoFirefox add-ons are applications that allow you to enhance your browser by adding functionality and style.

You can check the weather and news, block ads, download videos, take full-page screen shots, customize tabs, play games, compare prices, backup, interact with social media, and so much more, just by utilizing Firefox add-ons.

From your menu bar, simply click Tools > Add-ons, and you can browse or search through the hundreds of thousands of add-ons available.

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How to Customize Firefox and Optimize Your Productivity

Firefox Browser LogoAfter installing Firefox, my first move is to enable the menu bar by right-clicking the tab bar and selecting Menu Bar.

In my experience, the menu button (found on the navigation bar and characterized by 3 horizontal lines) lacks several valuable options that are found on the menu bar.

With the menu bar now visible, I can find Tools > Options and explore the options available.

Here, decisions are made such as what home page you see every time the browser starts, what directory files are downloaded to, and whether or not your passwords are saved.

Decisions, decisions.

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A Bit About Browsers and Tabbed Browsing

Top 5 Favorite BrowsersA browser is the computer program that you use to browse the internet.

Browsers work by reading files that are written in a mark-up language called HTML, which tells the browser how to structure a web page.

Browsers also interpret CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), which turns basic web pages into the colorful, aesthetically-pleasing web pages we all know and love.

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How to Use Keyboard Shortcuts (With Bonus Cheat Sheet)

computer-keyboard-keys-blackBy now the average computer user might be familiar with a few of the most common (and life-saving!) keyboard shortcuts, like Ctrl + C (copy) and Ctrl + V (paste).

I say “might” because, while I cannot personally remember my life “before shortcuts” (it was probably a scary age, with the dinosaurs and all), I also know some very recent converts.

In comparing notes with them, I found that some of my favorite shortcuts were still widely unknown; my goal today is enlightenment.

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How to Type – Part 2 – Introduction to the Computer Keyboard

computer-keyboard-keysAre you familiar with QWERTY?

In all likelihood, you are familiar with QWERTY whether you know it or not. Most — if not all — computer keyboards use the QWERTY layout, which gets its name from the first six letters across the top.

Hint: Don’t use QWERTY as your password, unless you’re trying to get hacked. And, while we’re on the subject, don’t use “1234567” or “password” as your password either.

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How to Type – Part 1 – Introduction to Typing

computer-keyboard-keysDo you know how to type?

The fine art of typing involves more than using one or two index fingers to “hunt and peck”. In fact, after learning how to type, you should find it difficult to go back to hunting and pecking.

Typing is the process of utilizing all ten fingers, fanned out across your keyboard, so that each key is only ever pressed by it’s designated finger.

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