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Firefox and Thunderbird Garage

Firefox and Thunderbird Garage

Chris Hofmann, Marcia Knous, John Hedtke

Apr 2005, Paperback, 384 pages
ISBN13: 9780131870048
ISBN10: 0131870041
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Firefox is a fast, free Internet browser from Mozilla that runs on Windows,

Mac, and Linux Computers. According to, to-date there

have been ~ 23 million downloads since the release of Firefox 1.0 in

September 2004, and MS IE usage has been dropping at the same time.

Thunderbird has seen more than 2 million downloads. It is an email, RSS, and

newsgroup client that is designed to make email safer, faster, and easier.

Firefox and Thunderbird Garage is a book dedicated to helping readers get the

most out of these new programs from download to installation to

configuration. This book includes extensive information on how to take

advantage of all of the additional features of the browser and email client to

meet individual needs and interests. It also covers migrating from existing

programs to ease the transition process.

Welcome to the next Internet revolution

Enter your Firefox and Thunderbird Garage...where you master the incredible free software that's helping millions of people use the Web and email faster, more efficiently, and more safely. Your guides know Firefox and Thunderbird better than anyone. They're the Mozilla insiders who helped create them—sparking a new Internet revolution, in which real people take back the Internet from monopolists, spammers, and spyware artists!

The basics are just the beginning: this book shows how to customize and extend Firefox and Thunderbird so they'll work exactly the way you want, and do more than you ever thought possible. We're talking better productivity, faster searches, easier downloads, and more fun.

  • Discover why Firefox and Thunderbird blow away Internet Explorer and Outlook Express

  • Make Firefox even more secure: Manage passwords, clean caches and history, and more

  • Trash unwanted popups, ads, and other Web annoyances

  • Make the most of Firefox's built-in search tools and shortcuts

  • Create "live bookmarks" that update automatically

  • Harness tabbed browsing to get more done faster

  • Download files more quickly and reliably

  • Install today's hottest Firefox and Thunderbird plug-ins

  • Set up email, RSS, and newsgroup accounts fast—and manage them efficiently

  • Organize the messages you want, and dump the messages you don't want

  • Get under the hood! Hack Firefox and Thunderbird configuration files

  • Includes quick-references to keyboard/mouse shortcuts, security, and more

With its easy, quick-learning modules, insider tips, rants, and blog entries, Firefox and Thunderbird Garage is far more than a software manual: it's your guide to the new Internet revolution!

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1. Getting Started.

2. Protecting Your Security and Privacy.

3. Ridding Yourself of the Annoyances of the Web.

4. Searching the Web.

BLOG: Websites to Waste Your Time With.

5. Bookmarks and History.

6. Harnessing the Power of Tabbed Browsing.

7. Customizing Firefox with Third-Party Extensions and Themes.

BLOG: Managing Your Blog with Extensions.

8. Other Interesting Features.

BLOG: Literary Blogs Through the Ages.


9. Getting Started with Mozilla Thunderbird.

10. Setting Up Your Mail, RSS, and Newsgroup Accounts Using Mozilla Thunderbird.

11. Protecting Your Privacy and Blocking Spam.

BLOG: Phishing.

12. Organizing Your Email Topics.

BLOG: My Email Tirade of the Day.

13. Customizing the Look and Feel of Mozilla Thunderbird.

A. Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts for Firefox.

B. Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts for Mozilla Thunderbird.

C. Menu Commands for Firefox.

D. Menu Commands for Mozilla Thunderbird.

E. Hacking Configuration Files.

F. Security, Certificates, and Validation.



HOT! HOT! HOT! Firefox and Thunderbird - made even better with insider tips and tricks from Mozilla's development team!

° "Insider Coverage" of all the bells and whistles -- the most comprehensive and approachable book available!

° Mozilla support and much more planned -- comprehensive, far-reaching marketing campaign!

° Readers learn how to migrate from other browsers and email clients to make the transition painless,customize the programs with themes, toolbars and other options, and much more

About the Authors

Chris Hofmann is Director of Engineering at the Mozilla Foundation. For eight years, he worked at Netscape and was involved in every Netscape and Mozilla Browser release since Netscape 3.01. In August 2003 he was hired as the first employee at the Mozilla Foundation and spent the first 18 months in startup mode, working with the small team that has been successful in getting the Mozilla Foundation off the ground and running as a independent and self-sustaining organization and continuing to organize the work of thousands of open source contributors to make great Internet software. In 2004, he contributed a wide variety of management efforts that led to the worldwide release of Firefox 1.0 in November, and is helping to fulfill the Mozilla Foundation's goal of continuing to support open web standards and provide innovation and choice for Internet client software.

Marcia Knous is a Project Manager at the Mozilla Foundation and has been working with the Mozilla Project for five years. She is involved with both the Firefox and Thunderbird projects. In the freelance realm, she is a frequent contributor to a number of online websites, including, where she writes a weekly NFL column called Monday Night Musings. In addition, she has written dozens of online articles about the historical contributions women have made to the world of sports. Marcia has a Masters in Cinema-Television and enjoys working on films in her spare time. She recently wrapped up cinematography on the documentary Common Hours. Born and raised in the splendid confines of New England, Marcia now resides in the Bay Area.

John Hedtke has written 24 books, close to 100 magazine articles, and hundreds of manuals and online help systems for all kinds of technical and non-technical documentation for all levels of readers. John owns and operates a company that provides writing, consulting, and training services to private and government clients in all fields. He also speaks to professional groups all over the world on subjects such as career planning, time management, and writing books and magazine articles. John is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. In his spare time, John writes buttons for a button company in California, donates blood, and sings and plays banjo and guitar (something he's been doing since 1971). He says he gets a lot of requests when he plays the banjo, but he goes ahead and plays it anyhow. A long-time resident of Seattle, John now lives in Eugene, OR, with his amazingly patient wife, Marilyn, where they share four cats. He can be reached through his website,

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