Chapter V.4. Using Firefox: The Advanced Course

In This Chapter

  • Putting Firefox to work

  • Using bookmarks the Firefox way

  • Creating Smart Folders

  • Finding a better way to work with RSS feeds

  • Gathering the best Firefox add-ons

Hey, you can use Internet Explorer if you want to. Without doubt, IE has a few features that other browsers can't match — Web Slices, InPrivate Filtering, and Accelerators come to mind. If those ring your chimes, you need to play the IE game.


I use Firefox. I've used it for years, and I've recommended it in my books for years. Debating the relative merits of Web browsers soon degenerates to a fight over the number of angels that can stand on the head of a pin. Suffice it to say that I feel Firefox is faster, more adaptable, and more secure, and it simply works better than IE.

If you decide to take Firefox out for a drive, don't worry about leaving IE back at home. Firefox and IE coexist peacefully: With rare exception, one doesn't even know that the other is installed on your computer. You should keep IE around, for the odd (very odd) page that doesn't show up correctly in Firefox. And, you should keep IE updated — patch after patch after patch — just in case a wily worm finds a way to infect your machine through Internet Explorer. But for everyday Web browsing, I strongly recommend that you use Firefox. Or Chrome — which is still the new kid on the block, although it shows great promise.

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