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If you've previously been using Internet Explorer you may want to transfer settings such as favorites, cookies, and Internet options directly to Firefox. This saves you from having to manually configure those options in Firefox. Perform the following steps to automatically import settings from Internet Explorer.
Using JAWS to navigate through web pages is no different in Firefox than in Internet Explorer. You will still use the same navigation quick keys and other shortcut keys such as INSERT+F7 to bring up a list of links or INSERT+F5 to bring up a list of form controls. As in Internet Explorer, press INSERT+H to display a list of navigation quick keys you can use to browse through web pages.
NOTE: You can press ALT+D to move focus to the address bar in order to type in a new web address to go to but you cannot press CTRL+O to do this as in Internet Explorer. Pressing CTRL+O activates the File Open dialog box which allows you to browse to a file on your local computer.
The Firefox Options dialog box currently contains eight categories of browser related settings. Press ALT+O to open the Options menu and then choose Options from the menu. Focus is placed in the list of categories and you can use the UP or DOWN arrow keys to move through the categories in the list. Press TAB to move forward through the options in the selected category or SHIFT+TAB to move backward through the options.
NOTE: The list of categories is a circular type of list meaning that pressing DOWN arrow when focus is on the last item takes you back around to the first item in the list.
NOTE: Press TAB while in the Add Bookmark dialog box to access other options such as to place the bookmark in a specific folder.
One thing you may quickly notice is that when activating links and buttons in Firefox, there is no navigational click sound like what you may hear in Internet Explorer. A Firefox add-on has been created to play the same navigation sound as in Internet Explorer. Using Firefox, perform the following steps if you would like to install this free add-on.
When downloading files, Firefox uses a download manager similar to Internet Explorer 9. The download manager keeps a list of files that have been downloaded and can be accessed by pressing CTRL+J. By default, Firefox downloads files into your Downloads folder although this can be changed through the Options dialog box. Do the following to practice downloading a file in Firefox.
Press CTRL+J to open the download manager and view the list of recently downloaded files. Focus is initially placed in the list of files which is sorted in chronological order with the most recent files on top. Press TAB to move to the other areas of the manager including a button to clear the list and a search edit box. Press ENTER on a file when in the list to activate it or press the APPLICATIONS key or SHIFT+F10 to bring up a context menu of options for the file. When you are finished with the download manager, press ALT+F4 to close it and return to the Firefox window.
The following options can be changed from the General page of the Options dialog box.