Don't follow the Internet Explorer herd! Get the most out of the web with Firefox, the thinking PC user's browser and a paragon of security and customisability.
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1. Plenty of sites offer user-designed themes to change the way Firefox looks. A good place to start is addons.mozilla.org, where you’ll find plenty of tweaks for the browser. Click Themes and browse through the categories – such as Sports, Animals and Retro – to find a ‘skin’ or custom look you like.
2. Click on a theme you like and you’ll be taken to the Mozilla download page. Click the large green Install Now button to start downloading the theme. This process should take a minute or so if you’re using a broadband connection. The theme will then be added to your collection of Firefox add-ons.
3. Once the theme has been downloaded, a dialogue box will appear with a button to Restart Firefox. Click this and you’ll be able to access your new theme from within the browser. All the skins that you download to your PC are stored in the same place and are easily accessible.
4. Once Firefox has restarted, go to Tools, Add-ons. Click the button marked Themes and browse through the skins you’ve downloaded. When you find the one you want, click Use Theme to activate it and change the way Firefox looks. Alternatively, hit Uninstall to remove a theme you no longer require.
5. You’ll have to restart Firefox yet again to see the changes. The next time the browser starts up, the new theme’s colour schemes, buttons, background images and other effects will be displayed. The files containing themes are small, so feel free to download several and experiment.
6. Developers may update their themes to add new graphics or fix bugs. To check whether any of your themes have been updated, go to Tools, Add-ons, Themes. Select the one you want to check and click Find Updates – any that are available can be downloaded and saved as in step 3.