How to Change Your Connection Settings in Firefox

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Depending on where you're accessing the Internet, you might need to change your connection settings in Firefox. If you're accessing the Internet from home and have your own connection, then a change or configuration is not necessary. However, if you're relying on a network at school, work, a coffee shop or any other location, you might need to change your connection settings.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access
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Instructions

  1. Find Your Connection Settings in Firefox

    • 1

      Access your connection settings. Click the Tools menu from the top menu bar (Windows). Mac users should click on the Firefox menu option.

    • 2

      Highlight Options (for Windows users) or Preferences (for Mac users) and then click it to open a new box.

    • 3

      Click on the Advanced tab and then the Network tab (for Windows users) or the Advanced tab (for Mac users).

    Change Your Connection Settings in Firefox

    • 4

      Click the button labeled 'Settings' in the Connection box (for Windows users) or the Settings button (for all Macs). A new menu will appear.

    • 5

      Pick the first option if you've got your own Internet connection (Direct connection to the Internet) or check the second option if you're going to connect to a network at work or school (Auto-detect proxy settings for this network).

    • 6

      Click 'OK' to close the settings menu.

    • 7

      Close the Preferences box for Macs or hit the 'OK' button if you're using Windows. The new connection settings will now be changed and saved.

Tips & Warnings

  • Get the most recent version of the Firefox browser on the Mozilla download page (see Resources below).

  • Look to see if your computer has the minimum system requirements for Firefox. Mac users need a 233 Mhz processor, 64 MB of RAM, 50 MB of free disk and Mac OS X 10.2 or higher. Windows owners must have at least 64 MB of RAM, 50 MB of free disk space, a 233 Mhz processor and Windows 98 or higher. Linux users need the Linux -kernel 2.2.14, 64 MB of RAM, a 233 Mhz processor and 50 MB of free disk space.

  • Protect your personal information and your computer from online predators by using Firefox's security features. Some features include a pop-up blocker and anti-forgery technology.

  • Gather helpful information from the support section of the Mozilla Web site (see Resources below).

  • The following steps were written for version 2.0.0.2 of the Firefox Web browser. Applying them to older versions may not work.

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