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Firefox lesson 7, Advanced options

General options

The advanced options page has four tabs, "general, network, update and encription".
For starters lets begin with the tab "general".
This tab is divided into three sections.

The first option in the first section is "accessibility" (1), this allows you to use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate within the pages. When this option is activate, firefox will show a movable cursor in the pages so you can select text with your keyboard. You can also activate this by pushing F7 on your keyboard.
The second option in the first section is "search for text when i start typing" when this is activated firefox will look within the page what you are typing. While looking for the typed text a searchbar will automaticly open on that page on the bottom of the screen and will show you information about the search.
The third option in the first section is "warn me when websites try to redirect or reload the page" this option will stop websites to redirect you to another page or automaticly reload it.

The first option in the second section "use auto scrolling" (2), is a function with which you can move the page by moving the mousewheel up and down. Because some people find this annoying this option can be deactivated if you wish.
The second option "use smooth scrolling" can be usefull when you are reading long pages. Normally when you push the page down key the page will automaticly jump down. When this option is selected the page will move down slowly so you can see how much it moves down actually.
The third option "use hardware acceleration when available" makes websites respond quicker to rich and interactive contents as animation, video and games. This is not usefull for all pc's since it will mostly not work with low end graphic cards. It can make problems so if you see your computer not working accordingly especially with videos or games please deactivate this option.
The fourth option "check my spelling as i type" when active firefox will check your spelling and possibly show corrections when you are filling in forms.

The first option in the third section "allways check to see if firefox is the default browser on startup" (3). When active it will allways check if firefox is your standardbrowser. When you are using multiple browsers and firefox isnt your favorite please leave this option unchecked.
The second option "submit crash reports" will each time when firefox crashes open the mozilla crashreporter to ask you if you wish to report the crash with mozilla so they can use the information to make firefox better in future updates.

Network options

The second tab on the "Advanced" page is the tab "Network.
This tab is divided into two sections : "Connection" (1) and "Offline storage" (2).
In the first section you can configure how firefox connects with the internet. Most of the times your provider makes it mandatory that you use a proxy. A proxy works as a intermediary between your computer and the internet. It intercepts all requests to the internet and looks if these meet the requirements from using the cache.
Proxy's are normally used to enhance performances, requests to filer and to increase the safity of your internet use. Its best to not touch the standard settings.
In the second section "Offline storage" you can decide how much storage space is used for the cache.
Some explenation : when you are looking at pages on the internet they are normally saved in a special map on your computer. Because of this the page will load faster on your next visit to the page. In the first box you can choose how much space will be used for the cache.The more space you give the more pages will be saved in the cache. By clicking "Clear now" the cache will be emptied completely.
The option "Tell me when a website asks to store data for offline use" can be used to select and if you like it to delete website data that has been saved on your computer.

Update options

The third tab on the options page "Advanced" is the tab "Update".
Also this tab is divived into two sections "Automaticly check for updates for" (1) and "When updates to firefox are found" (2).
I asume these options speak for themselves although i will come back on "Add-ons" in a later lesson.

Encryption options

The last tab is the tab "Encryption".
This tab is also divded into two parts. part one is "Protocols" (1) and part two is "Certificates" (2).
In the protocol parts you have two options : SSL and TLS.
SSL specifies if you want to send and receive secure data with SSL3. This is a standardprotocol to safely communicate with websites. When you deactivate this you will not be able to visit certain websites.
TLS specifies if you want to send and recive secure data with TLS. This safety standard is comparable with SSL3. Deactivating this will also make it not possible to visit certain websites.
If you dont know what you are doing just leave these options the way they are.

Finaly we have the Certificates part.
These options help you encrypt and decode the connection with secured websites.
Leave these settings the way they are when you dont know how they work.