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There's a new browser in town: Firefox is quickly becoming a leading alternative to Microsoft Internet Explorer. If you are new to Firefox and want to see what all the buzz is about, Firefox and Thunderbird: Beyond Browsing and Email is the guide that you need. By focusing on how to configure and customize Firefox and Thunderbird, this book will show you how to quickly get a hold of the less intuitive features that most new users struggle to figure out. You will discover which of Firefox's many options should be adjusted, which shouldn't, and how to locate many hidden preferences that will ultimately create a better browsing experience. The author's tips and tricks will teach you how to adjust the browser's appearance and behavior, and how to install the most popular extensions to maximize the browser's performance.

You'll also be introduced to Firefox's e-mail client companion, Thunderbird. You'll cover Thunderbird's built-in spam filters, calendar, and customizeable layout and toolbars. Personalize your e-mail with tips and tricks dedicated to getting the most out of Thunderbird, and learn how to make it work together with Firefox for a seamless online experience.

You can even find out how to contribute to the development of Firefox and Thunderbird. A special section on Web development will show you how you can add new extensions, themes, and customizations to each one and make an impact on the future of Firefox and Thunderbird.
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  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 177.8 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 498.96g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0789734583
  • 9780789734587
  • 2,329,323

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There's a new browser in town: Firefox is quickly becoming a leading alternative to Microsoft Internet Explorer. If you are new to Firefox and want to see what all the buzz is about, "Firefox and Thunderbird: Beyond Browsing and Email" is the guide that you need. By focusing on how to configure and customize Firefox and Thunderbird, this book will show you how to quickly get a hold of the less intuitive features that most new users struggle to figure out. You will discover which of Firefox's many options should be adjusted, which shouldn't, and how to locate many hidden preferences that will ultimately create a better browsing experience. The author's tips and tricks will teach you how to adjust the browser's appearance and behavior, and how to install the most popular extensions to maximize the browser's performance.

You'll also be introduced to Firefox's e-mail client companion, Thunderbird. You'll cover Thunderbird's built-in spam filters, calendar, and customizeable layout and toolbars. Personalize your e-mail with tips and tricks dedicated to getting the most out of Thunderbird, and learn how to make it work together with Firefox for a seamless online experience.

You can even find out how to contribute to the development of Firefox and Thunderbird. A special section on Web development will show you how you can add new extensions, themes, and customizations to each one and make an impact on the future of Firefox and Thunderbird.
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Table of contents

Introduction.

The Mozilla Project

The Mozilla Suite

Why Firefox Now?

Thunderbird

The Mozilla Open Source Community

Who Should Read This Book?

What Is in This Book?

From the Author

I. MAKING FIREFOX YOURS.

1. Hitting the Ground Running with Firefox.

Installing Firefox

Windows

Linux

Understanding Bookmarks and Favorites

Internet Explorer's Favorites

Firefox's Bookmarks

Transferring Internet Explorer's Favorites to Firefox

Synchronizing with Internet Explorer

Making Firefox the Default Browser

Installation and Configuration Secrets for Power Users

2. The Power of Tabs and Bookmarks.

Using Tabs to Manage Pages

Opening a New Tab

Opening a Link in a Tab

Changing Tabbrowser Extensions Configuration Options

Navigating Between Tabs

Rearranging Tabs

Rearranging Tabs with the Mouse

Rearranging Tabs with the Keyboard

Opening Multiple Bookmarks in Tabs

Creating and Using TabGroups

Using Live Bookmarks and Bookmarks in Firefox

Live Bookmarks, Live Bookmark Articles, and Bookmarks

Configuring Live Bookmarks and Bookmarks in Tabbrowser

Working with Multiple Home Pages in Tabs

Tabbing and Bookmark Secrets for Power Users

3. Finding Information with Firefox.

Firefox Search Engines

Using the Location Bar

Using the Search Bar

Adding Search Engines to the Search Bar

Switching Search Engines

Working with Firefox's Keywords System

Working with the Find Bar

Storing Searches

Navigating the History

Configuring History

Downloaded History

Searching Secrets for Power Users

4. Managing Profiles.

Locating Your Profile

Configuration File: user.js

Customizing Firefox's Look and Feel with userChrome.css

Customizing How Content Is Displayed with userContent.css

Using about:config

Creating Profiles with the Profile Wizard

Backing Up a Profile

Restoring a Profile

Using Multiple Profiles

Importing Profile Information

Sharing a Profile

Profile Secrets for Power Users

5. Taking Control of Your Browser.

Understanding Web Security Issues

Websites Written for Internet Explorer

Blocking Pop-ups

Blocking Banner Ads

Blocking Ads with Adblock

Importing, Exporting, and Removing Filters

Adblock Preferences

Software Installations from Non-Mozilla Sites

Controlling JavaScript

Using BugMeNot for Anonymous Registration

Understanding Cookies and Firefox Cookie Controls

Password-Protecting Firefox

Determining the Real Location of Sites

Using Firefox's Clear Private Data Feature

Taking Control Secrets for Power Users

II. EXTENDING AND MODIFYING FIREFOX.

6. Power Firefox Tricks and Techniques.

Finding Your Configuration Files

Windows XP and 2000

Windows 95, 98, and Millennium

Mac

Linux

Firefox Global Preferences and Properties

Global Preferences

Global Properties

Defaults.ini and Components.ini

Creating and Editing user.js

Cascading Style Sheets: A Primer

Editing userChrome.css

Creating and Editing userContent.css

Using Themes

Changing Browser Behavior and Appearance

Flexbeta FireTweaker

ChromEdit: User Profile File Editor

Other Browser Performance Improvements

Pipelining More Speed

Miscellaneous Performance Preferences

Reporting Broken Websites

Power Firefox Tricks and Techniques Secrets for Power Users

7. Themes and Plug-ins.

Browsing Mozilla Update

Installing a Theme

Plugging In Content with a Plug-in

Installing Plug-ins

Acrobat Reader

Adobe SVG Viewer

Java Plug-in

Macromedia Flash Player

Macromedia Shockwave Player

QuickTime

RealPlayer 10

Windows Media Player

Other Plug-ins and Toys

Themes and Plug-ins Secrets for Power Users

8. Making Extensions Work for You.

Firefox Extensions: Never a Dull Moment!

Installing an Extension

Manual Installation

Automatic Installation

All Extension Installations

The Most Popular Extension Categories

Blogging

Bookmarks

Developer Tools

Download Tools

Editing and Forms

Entertainment

Humor

Image Browsing

Kiosk Browsing

Languages

Miscellaneous

Navigation

Newsreaders

Privacy and Security

Search Tools

Tabbed Browsing

Web Annoyances

Website Integration

XUL Applications

Working with Extensions: Secrets for Power Users

9. Changing Preferences and Settings.

about:

about:buildconfig

about:cache

about:config, Firefox's Configuration Console

Back Up Before Disaster!

Understanding the about:config Display

Adding New Preferences

Filtering and Sorting the about:config Display

Using Caution with about:config

Modifying Preferences with about:config

Changing Hidden and Undocumented Options

about:credits-Who's Guilty?

about:Mozilla

about:plugins, Plugging into Plug-ins

Working with about: Secrets for Power Users

III. USING THUNDERBIRD.

10. Hitting the Ground Running with Thunderbird.

Thunderbird Is a Better Alternative

Getting Up and Running with Thunderbird

Installing on Windows

Linux

Importing Account Settings

Importing Address Books

Mail

Settings

Setting Up Accounts

Server Settings

Check for New Messages at Startup

Check for New Messages Every 10 Minutes

Automatically Download New Messages

Fetch Headers Only

Leave Messages on Server

Empty Trash on Exit

Creating Your Own Mail Start Page

Composing and Sending a Message

Using the Spell-Checker

Replying to Mail

Creating HTML Mail

Creating and Using a Template

Creating a Signature

Subscribing to RSS Feeds and Blogs

Podcasting

OPML

Reading Newsgroups

Thunderbird Secrets for Power Users

11. Organizing Email with Thunderbird.

Managing Folders

Labeling Messages

Filtering Messages

Sorting and Grouping Messages

Searching

Searching Messages

Using Search Folders

Searching Addresses

Using Thunderbird Address Books

Organizing Mail Secrets for Power Users

12. Fighting Spam.

Security and Privacy Settings

Understanding Bayesian Filtering

Learning About the Adaptive Filter for Junk Mail Control

Training the Adaptive Filter

Changing the Junk Mail Settings

White Lists

Handling

Logging

Handling Spam

Catchall Spam

Living Without Spam

Organizing Mail Secrets for Power Users

13. Customizing Thunderbird for Power Users.

Finding and Installing Themes

Finding a Theme

Installing a Theme

Switching Between Themes

Uninstalling a Theme

Common Theme Problems

Customizing Toolbars

Add Buttons

Rearrange or Remove Buttons

Button Extensions

Changing the Window Layout

Three Layouts

Folder Pane

Message List Pane

Message Pane

Attachments Pane

Changing the Appearance of Email Messages

Plain-text Messages

HTML Messages

Locating and Using Your Thunderbird Profile

Finding Your Profile

What Is in the Profile?

Other Modifications and Tasks

Backups

Compact Folders

Profile Management

Antivirus Software Issues

Account Pane Order

Signature Display in Color Versus Gray

Turn Off Color Quote Bars-Use > Instead

Throbber URL

Finding and Installing Extensions

Installing an Extension

Uninstalling an Extension

Safe Mode

Changing Hidden Options with about:config

Installing the about:config Extension

Modifying Preferences

Editing Thunderbird Configuration Files

Changing Configuration Settings Manually

Thunderbird Customization Secrets for Power Users

IV. WEB DEVELOPMENT AND FIREFOX EXTENSIONS.

14. Web Development with Firefox.

Firefox and Compliance with Web Standards

The Mozilla Developer Interface

Web Developer Tools

DebugLogger

View Cookies

View Rendered Source

Web Developer

JavaScript for Developers

JavaScript Console

The Venkman Extension

Debugging Preferences

Firefox Command-line Options

Understanding CSS

CSS Level 1

CSS Levels 2 and 2.1

CSS Level 3

Using CSS with Firefox

userChrome.css

userContent.css

DOM Inspector

Web Development Secrets for Power Users

15. Creating Your Own Theme.

Preparing Your Theme

Creating the Working Theme

Configuring Firefox for Theme Development

Graphics Images

Creating Themes

Classic

Multibutton Images

Background Images

An Example: global.css

Final Results

Theme Writing Secrets for Power Users

16. Writing an Extension.

Setting Up the Development Environment

Preferences for Extension Developers

Tools for Extension Development

The Extension Developer Extension

Debugging Consoles

Multiple Instances of Firefox

Understanding XML User Interface Language

XUL Syntax

XUL Example

Working with JavaScript

JavaScript Reference

The Firefox window Object

Creating a Unique GUID

Firefox Command Options for Developers

Working Through an Extension Development Example

Development Profile Save and Restore

The Development Folders

Extension Files

An Extension for Firefox 1.0.x

An Extension for Firefox 1.5

Extension Writing Secrets for Power Users

V. THE WAY OF MOZILLA FOR PROGRAMMERS.

17. Mozilla's Tools for Developers.

Open Source As a Way of Life

Developer Tools

Mozilla Developer Support Tools

Bugzilla

Looking Up a Bug

Filing a Bug

Updating and Modifying a Bug

Fixing a Bug

Tinderbox

Bonsai

LXR

Working with Mozilla Development Tools Secrets for Power Users

18. Browsing the Code.

Mozilla Firefox Trunk

Mozilla Code Development Cycle

Coding Practices

Setting Up and Building Firefox

Necessary Software

Performing a Build

Packaging Firefox for Distribution

Check-in Requirements

Mozilla Source Code Secrets for Power Users

19. The Future of Firefox and Thunderbird.

The History of Mozilla

In the Future

Firefox 1.5 (Deer Park)

Firefox 2.0 (The Ocho)

Firefox Versus Internet Explorer

Thunderbird, Outlook, and Outlook Express

The Internet As the Internet Should Be

Glossary.

Index.
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About Peter D. Hipson

Peter D. Hipson is a teacher, author, consultant, electrical engineer, and developer; who is a strong proponent of the open source initiative, and believes that open source software is to be the way of the future. He teaches computer science at Franklin Pierce College, has written more than a dozen books, including three books on the Windows registry. He is also the author and developer of a number of Windows application programs. His computer hardware experience includes many different computer platforms, from PCs to main-frame computers, as well as patents in CPU technology and security.
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