How to Customise and personalise the look and utility of Firefox Browser.

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Jascha Luca
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17.11.2016
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Your internet browser is probably something on your computer or laptop you spend a lot of time using, so why not make it feel more personal, unique, and add some functions you may not have thought existed. If you are using Firefox it's easy to customise. Below we'll discuss a few different ways you can modify Firefox with add-ons, themes and the Installation of extensions.

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Download Firefox version 50.0 

If you are not familiar with Mozilla Firefox (or Firefox) it is a free, open-source web browser, developed by the Mozilla Foundation / Mozilla Corporation and is available on almost all operating systems, from Windows, macOS, Linux and Android and iOS devices. Firefox can be setup to sync your computer or laptop settings to your mobile device. Surprisingly enough you may not also know that it is currently ranked as the second most used web browser worldwide second only to Google Chrome.

Customising the Appearance of Firefox on Windows.

There are so many fun and great looking ways to customise the look and feel of Mozilla’s Firefox browser. The first way is the easiest and offers a lot of options without having to do very much, deciding on a theme and look for your browser is going to be the hardest part. To get started open Firefox and in the top right hand corner you will see “3 large horizontal lines", just below the close window icon, click this, then go to “Add-ons” Inside this menu is where all the endless appearance changes and extensions can be added to change the look of your browser and add some clever little functions.

To change the base firefox theme click on “Appearance” on the left hand side of the window, looking back over to the right hand side of the window again, you will see a search bar, in this search bar type “Firefox themes” it will bring up a few of the options available. For some reason they are usually quite crap.. To view the rest of the available options scroll down and click the little blue link that says “show all 8000+ themes”  this will bring you to the main “Add-ons” page. You can also get to this page by doing a simple Google search for firefox “Add-ons” it will almost always be the first link Google delivers.

Once you find one, just click the big green “+ADD” button and it will almost instantly install to your browser. (If you hover over the theme for a second or two it will also show a quick preview of how it looks)

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Customise Website Themes from Facebook, Youtube, Google ect.

As well as customising the look of your browser there is also an awesome way to customise the look of certain websites. Go back the same place you picked out your theme. At the top underneath the big “Add-ons” sign click extensions, now search for an extension called “Stylish” This great little add-on lets you set custom themes for websites.

Once you have installed “Stylish” a little icon with the symbol will now be available at the top right hand side of your browser page. To start using it simply go to a website that you wish to set a theme for, Facebook, google, Youtube, it doesn’t really matter, a good portion of the popular sites you visit will have a good selection of themes available.

Again the hardest part will be finding something that you like. I usually like to black pages out. Click the Icon and scroll down to "find styles for this site". Firefox will open a new page and show you all the available theme options, you can also search if you like. Again just click on the one you like and install. Quick, easy and hassle free.

Download Stylish 

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A quick look at few less obvious Firefox “Add-ons”

Firefox has endless of “Add-ons” available for download to make things easier, or change the layout and function of just about anything, if you think it might exist, just try search for it, there is a possibility someone has already had the same thought.     

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