/>
X

Join or Sign In

Register for your free ZDNet membership or if you are already a member, sign in using your preferred method below.

Use your email Use Linkedin Use Facebook

First Look: Mozilla Firefox 4 web browser

Mozilla Firefox 4 is now available as a free download. As these First Look screenshots show, Firefox 4 has taken some cues from Chrome and Internet Explorer 9 to make a cleaner and more nimble web browsing experience.

|
zd-defaultauthor-mark-kaelin.jpg
|
6210261.png
1 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Mozilla Firefox 4 is now available as a free download. As these First Look screenshots show, Firefox 4 has taken some cues from Chrome and Internet Explorer 9 to make a cleaner and more nimble web browsing experience.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210262.png
2 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

The TechRepublic front door.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210263.png
3 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Similar to Internet Explorer 9, you can pin websites for easy access. Only in IE9 the pinned icons are on the Taskbar, while in Firefox 4 they are located on the tab bar.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210264.png
4 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Bookmark favorites and access browser history with convenient icons.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210265.png
5 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

File menu.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210266.png
6 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Edit menu.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210267.png
7 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

View menu.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210268.png
8 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

History menu.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210269.png
9 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Bookmarks.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210270.png
10 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Tools menu.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210271.png
11 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Help menu.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210272.png
12 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

General options screen.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210273.png
13 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Tabs option screen.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210274.png
14 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Content options screen.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210275.png
15 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Applications option screen.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210276.png
16 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Privacy options screen.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210277.png
17 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Security options screen.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210278.png
18 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Sync options screen - we'll revisit this one.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210279.png
19 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Advanced options screen - General tab.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210280.png
20 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Advanced options screen - Network tab.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210281.png
21 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Advanced options screen - Update tab.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210282.png
22 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Advanced options screen - Encryption tab.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210283.png
23 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

You'll have to setup Firefox Sync first before you can use the service.

I am curious - do you use the Firefox Sync service? Is it effective? Do you recommend it?

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210284.png
24 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Of course, add-ons are availabe for Firefox 4, but beware, many of the add-ons that worked with Firefox 3.6 are not compatible with 4. You'll have to download updated versions, if they are available.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210285.png
25 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Similar to add-ons, extensions for Firefox 4 are available, but many of the older 3.6 extenstions will not work with 4.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210286.png
26 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

The default Firefox 4 theme is okay with me, but you may crave something more.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

6210287.png
27 of 27 Mark Kaelin/ZDNet

Firefox plugins are also available, but they may need to be updated to work with version 4.

Images created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic. All rights reserved.

Related Galleries

Linux turns 30: The biggest events in its history so far
05-debian.jpg

Related Galleries

Linux turns 30: The biggest events in its history so far

Say hello to the early days of web browsers
netscape-shutterstock-189041855.jpg

Related Galleries

Say hello to the early days of web browsers

Parallels Toolbox 5.0 for Windows and Mac, in pictures
Mac Dashboard

Related Galleries

Parallels Toolbox 5.0 for Windows and Mac, in pictures

Parallels Toolbox 4.5 for PCs, M1 and Intel Macs
Parallels Toolbox

Related Galleries

Parallels Toolbox 4.5 for PCs, M1 and Intel Macs

Parallels Toolbox 4 for Windows and Mac
parallels-toolbox-show-desktop-macos-screenshot

Related Galleries

Parallels Toolbox 4 for Windows and Mac

How to perform a clean install of Windows 10: Here's a step-by-step checklist
00-before-you-start.jpg

Related Galleries

How to perform a clean install of Windows 10: Here's a step-by-step checklist

Linux survival guide: These 21 applications let you move easily between Linux and Windows
apps-for-linux-and-windows.jpg

Related Galleries

Linux survival guide: These 21 applications let you move easily between Linux and Windows