- WAY less pop-ups
In the browser you use now, how much time do you spend exiting out of popups? Or how often do you get finished using the internet and you see all of the windows open from pop-ups? With Firefox I get maybe one every other day. It saves me time when researching papers or checking up on news.
- Because spy ware sucks
I don’t know how, but I seem to get less spy ware with Firefox, making my computer faster.
- Streamlined search bar
Speaking of researching, one thing that is normally a pain in the neck is constantly navigating to Google or other research sites. But in this browser the search bar is in embedded so it saves a few steps. Doesn’t sound like much but when you are researching anything that requires you to get little snippets of information from many different sites, it is a timesaver.
- The Bookmark bar
Although if you select a few options you can have this in IE, I found that by using the bookmark bar (sounds like a pub for librarians) you can save time from physically typing in the sites you visit. You can also use the folders to organize sites you need for different assignments.
- Tabbed browsing
Ever have a taskbar that looks like this?
Firefox has tabbed browsing so you can switch in between your fantasy team and that CNN article you are quoting. It keeps everything in one window so you don’t have to sort through your open IE windows. It also comes in handy for surfing while in class, you can hide your mySpace profile in the background while appearing to be reading that enthralling essay on the Egyptian swarming locust.
Lets face it: most stuff on your computer is ugly, but Firefox gives you options with the appearance of their browser.
Firefox features extensions you can download that cut down needless tasks. For example you can have your iTunes controls embedded right into the browser so you don’t have to keep switching back and forth, thus saving time, thus writing a better paper, thus that 4.0 you’ve always wanted. I’ll talk more about the real useful ones in future posts.
- RSS feeds
Get news and blog posts from your favorite sites (*ahem*) placed right onto the bookmark bar.
- It’s just faster
This could only be on my computer, but I noticed the browser loads faster and has faster methods of saving and recalling passwords.
- It can cure cancer
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[tags]Firefox, switch, IE[/tags]