Page Display Area. Where the contents of the pages you browse are displayed.
Navigation Buttons and
allowing you to move around pages you visit: go back, go
forward; refresh a page; stop loading page elements; and go to
your home page. The location bar is where you enter a web
URL (or a local file using
file:// as the protocol part of the
Bookmarks Toolbar. You can hide or display the bookmark bar, and add additional buttons to it. To do so, simply select→ → and select the items you want to add, and click .
Search Bar. Located at the upper-right corner, it allows you to perform web searches, dictionary searches, and others.
One of Firefox's most convenient features is the ability to browse many websites at the same time, without being confused with all the open windows. Each website is opened in a new tab. This is called “tabbed browsing”.
Firefox enables you to manage tabs easily. You can choose to close, refresh, mark-up all tabs on the fly, or just the one currently displayed. To do so, right-click on a tab, then select the option you want.
You can also move tabs. Click on a tab, hold the mouse button down and drag it where you want. When you see a little purple downward-pointing arrow, you can drop the tab to its new location on the tab browsing bar.
Firefox has a built-in search bar which allows you to search the web using the most popular search engines. To perform a search, type the text to be searched for, select the search engine (using the arrow and icon at the left of the search bar) and press the Enter key. Search results are shown in the Page Display Area.
Plugins are programs which let your browser handle
content other than
HTML and graphics, such as animations,
streaming audio, Java
tm applets, and so on.
Firefox's plugins are stored in
/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins directory and
installing plugins requires root privileges.
We look at the procedures to install Java tm and Flash ® plugins. If you own a commercial version of Mandriva Linux, installation is greatly simplified and all the required packages are on the provided media. See Chapter 7, Package Management, for information on how to install RPM packages.
You can get the Java plugin on the Java Plug-in Home Page. Follow the links to J2SE tm(Java 2, Standard Edition) and download the JRE for Linux. Choose the RPM file for the Linux Platform, make it executable once the download is finished ( chmod 700 jre*.rpm.bin) and execute it. Accept the license and a “real” RPM will be created.