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Here are 10 Reasons why we should switch from the much bugged and flawed Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firefox.

1. Tabbed Browsing – Makes surfing the web faster

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Background Tabs (shown in red) let you open pages to read later without leaving the current page

Tabbed browsing changes the way you use the Internet by allowing you to open links on a page in background tabs and then read them when you’re ready. Tabbed Browsing makes it much easier to keep track of several pages or sites at once by letting you view them within a single browser window. It’s easy to navigate between tabs – just click on a tab to view the page. Tabs load in the background so you can browse the web faster – and stay organized. To use Tabbed Browsing, hold down Ctrl while clicking on a web link, or click with the middle mouse button.

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“Open in Tabs” opens contents of Bookmarks Folder in Tabs.

Tabbed browsing makes the web faster and more efficient. You can concentrate on reading a page without the confusion of having to switch between windows. While you’re reading a page, links you have opened in background tabs are loading so when you’re ready to read them, they’ve already finished loading and you don’t need to wait.

While it seems like a simple idea, Tabbed Browsing is a revolutionary enhancement to web browsing. Firefox brings you the simplest, most intuitive version of Tabbed Browsing you will find today.

2. Popup Blocking

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Icon showing that popups have been prevented from opening

Firefox stops annoying popup windows dead in their tracks. Experience the web as it was supposed to be – peaceful, convenient, accessible.

Some sites make legitimate use of popup windows. When Firefox blocks a popup window, it displays an icon in the status bar. Clicking this icon shows a breakdown of the popup(s) that Firefox stopped when loading the current page. You can then allow some or all of the popup windows to be shown.

3. Find Stuff Easier

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Bookmarks QuickFind in action

Much of the time you spend using a web browser is spent looking for things. That’s why Firefox has the best search functions of any browser. Ctrl+K takes you to the Google bar. Enter what you’re searching for and hit Enter to search Google. Entering a search into the Location bar does an “I’m feeling lucky” Google search (that is, it automatically loads the first result returned by Google for that search).

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Firefox’s Smart Keywords lets you find things faster.

Firefox’s collection of Smart Keywords make it easy to look up words in the Dictionary, check on stock quotes, etc. Just type the keyword, then the word, stock symbol or other value in the Location Bar, and hit Enter. A full list of Firefox’s supported Smart Keywords is available here, and if they aren’t enough for you you can make your own!.

Firefox’s “Find Stuff Faster” mantra is more than just skin deep. Other parts of the browser have been engineered with search in mind. Take Tab-Browsing – run a search in one tab, then open search results in background tabs, and flick between them to compare. Bookmarks and History have QuickFind bars that let you quickly locate a bookmark in a long list, or a place you visited several days ago. Firefox’s handy browser context menus also let you instantly search for selected text.

4. Simplified Privacy / Annoyance Eliminator

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Firefox has sophisticated privacy controls

Your privacy is important to us. Firefox makes it easy to keep track of information that the browser has stored while you’ve been surfing, such as things you’ve typed into forms, Cookies, files you’ve downloaded, pages you’ve visited (History), and so on. You can quickly clear any of these things from the Privacy panel of Tools, Options. If you’re using a public or shared computer, you can also instantly clear all stored information with a single click.

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Firefox puts an end to annoying web page tricks

Aside from preventing popup windows, Firefox will also stop a number of other actions that have been annoying web surfers for years, like status bar tricks (e.g. animating status bar tickers, and spoofing that prevents you from seeing where links really go). We’ve designed Firefox so that the standard settings offer the least annoyance. Controls for these settings can be found in the Web Features page under Options.

Firefox comes with the same sophisticated set of controls as Mozilla that allow you to control cookies, Javascript, and other settings to suit your tastes.

5. Better Bookmarks and History

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Firefox’s Bookmarks Window makes organizing your Bookmarks easy.

Firefox makes it easier to organize your Bookmark collection with its handy Bookmarks manager (Bookmarks, Manage Bookmarks… menu item). Create folders to group similar items, and add annotations to remind yourself of why you bookmarked a particular item later. Sort on any of a number of properties including Name, Location, Date Last Visited, etc. Firefox also lets you associate a Keyword with any bookmark so you can open it by simply typing its keyword in the Location Bar of the browser.

Both Bookmarks and History are available as convenient Side Bar panels for quick access. Simply hit Ctrl+B for Bookmarks, and Ctrl+H for History. Links open with a click.

6. Accessible, Intelligent, Responsive

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Type Ahead Find in Action

Best Accessiblity. Firefox offers the best set of keyboard shortcuts about. Ctrl+L quickly focuses the Location Bar. Ctrl+K the Google Bar. Ctrl+T opens a new tab and Ctrl+S does what it should do – save the current page. A full set of keyboard shortcuts is available here.

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Firefox helps you fill out web forms and remembers what you’ve searched for

Both Bookmarks and History are available as convenient Side Bar panels for quick access. Simply hit Ctrl+B for Bookmarks, and Ctrl+H for History. Links open with a click.

Intelligent. Firefox remembers what you’ve filled in web forms, to make searching for things again, or filling out things like your name and address a simple process. Firefox also features a handy Password Manager that automatically fills out user-name/password fields on sites that require you to log in.

More Responsive. Firefox feels more responsive in day-to-day browsing than competitors like Internet Explorer. Pages appear on screen sooner, and there are fewer annoying lock ups. The effect is a browser that feels faster.

7. Customizable and Extendable

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Customizing Toolbars in Firefox

Customize Toolbars. Set up your toolbars the way you want them. Have just a thin strip with everything on one bar. Have a set of toolbars with every option available within reach. Firefox’s toolbars are fully customizable so you can have it the way you like it. Choose View, Toolbars, Customize… and simply drag on the items you want. Firefox even lets you create new toolbars. Third party extensions often add Toolbar items to the Customize Palette as well.

Most Extensible. Firefox’s user interface can be extended by developers using industry standards such as XML, CSS, JavaScript etc, as well as complex C++ add on modules. Examples of such extensions include everything from relatively simple utilities to advanced tools such as a JavaScript Debugger and Document Inspector. A full list of existing extensions is available at update.mozilla.org. Extensions are easily installed.

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Applying themes is easy

Themeable. Firefox’s user interface is fully customizeable, using the same CSS, XML, etc, industry standards as the extension UI. The themes are endless. Firefox can look like the StarTrek Lcars computer or even resemble Microsoft Internet Explorer. A full list of existing themes is available here. Themes are easily installed.

8. Modern Download Manager

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Downloads to a specified folder, indicates in taskbar when finished

The built-in Download Manager is modern and user friendly. It shows all pending and completed downloads as a graphical list along with relevent text. A user has complete control over the active and inactive downloads. The user can cancel an active download, retry failed ones, remove the complete and failed ones, open completed downloads in system directory browser and also clean up the list if desired. Double-clicking the file can be used to launch it directly.

The Download Manager saves real-estate in the tasklist toolbar by having one window for all downloads and showing the average complete percentage in its tasklist menu along with the number of pending downloads. On completion of downloads the users get a “mail-biff” style notification: “Downloads Complete”. Moreover, the download manager is intelligent enough to warn the user in case Firefox exits and there are pending downloads.

9. Built for standards

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Firefox is leading the pack when it comes to standards support

Firefox has world beating support for W3C standards like CSS, DOM, etc. Where browsers like Opera or IE may fail on a dynamic page, Firefox usually succeeds.

Firefox is also Open Source. This means that the browser is not just ‘free’ to use, but it’s also open for development. Firefox is just one of many browsers and projects based on the Powerful Mozilla Gecko engine. Since its open source, the software is guaranteed to not have intended malicious code or spyware included.

10. KISS (Keep It Simple and Straight-Forward)

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The Simple interface and embeded search allows for a simple and uncluttered web experience

Simplified User Interface. We’ve put a lot of thought into making using Firefox easy and obvious. Browsers like Mozilla and Opera seem to be focused more on esoteric features, at the expense of all-round usability. That’s why we have created a browser that works in the simplest and most straight-forward way out of the box. Defaults have been carefully chosen so you don’t need to spend time setting up the browser. Menus and dialog boxes are kept clean and free of options that only a marginal number of people use. If there’s a feature that Mozilla or Opera has that Firefox lacks, it’s probably for good reason. But if you really do need a particular enhancement, a large number of quality extensions are available for free.

More Space for Pages.We place a great deal of importance on space for web pages in Firefox. That’s why our browser has more space devoted to web pages than Internet Explorer, Opera, or Mozilla. Firefox offers 2% more space to web pages than Mozilla, 4% more than Internet Explorer, and a whopping 10% more than Opera. (Standard configurations tested, sidebars closed, window maximized at 1600×1200). You can get even more space by rearranging the content of the toolbars. Firefox also offers a Full Screen mode (Press F11 to enter/exit) that devotes even more of the screen to the web page. You can even gain more space by using some themes and by disabling the ‘Bookmarks Toolbar’

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