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June 10, 2008

Firefox 3: How to Increase Productivity with Your Browser


The soon to be released Firefox 3 has been getting a lot of press lately.

The codename for the new version is "Gran Paradiso" and it’s been called the browser that has it all.

There’s even a worldwide effort to put Firefox 3 in the Guinness World Records by setting a record for the most software downloads in 24 hours.

But what makes this open source browser better than all the rest?
Can a new Firefox make a noticeable difference in your daily browsing?
Can it help you be more productive?

Welcome to Your Paradise on the Web …

Firefox 3 has improved performance, beefed up security, dozens new features and more ways to customize your browser to fit your unique needs.

There’s malware protection, a site identity button, a new download status bar and search option, a built-in spell checker, one click bookmarking and over 5,000 different add-ons.

But by far the best thing Fx3 has to offer is the smart location bar. This new feature is a great time saver and will definitely help you be more productive and efficient when working on the web.

The smart location bar is just the browser’s address bar — but it works like magic. It makes finding sites and pages you’ve visited before quick and easy.

All you have to do is start typing and the address bar automatically displays the relevant sites and pages from your history.

So the next time you need to find that TST article that you forgot the title of, just start typing train in your address bar and Firefox 3 will pull all of the pages you’ve visited that started with train.

If you remember just a few of the words from the title, just start typing those in and you’ll see all of the pages that are relevant to what you typed in. Pretty cool huh?

The smart location bar will also adapt and learn from your actions, so the pages that you visit more often will be listed first.

It also makes it easy to bookmark and tag your favorite sites and pages so that all of your resources are organized and easy to find.

Want to see how the smart location bar works?

This short video from Mozilla goes over the smart location bar, the site identity button, malware protection, downloading, and add-ons.

Firefox 3 is scheduled for its final release in mid June. If you want to be one of the first people to test it out signup on Download Day and take part in a world record.

If you’ve tried Firefox 3, let us know what your favorite features are in the comments.

About the Author

served as the editor-in-chief of the TrainSignal blog from 2007 - 2012. In addition to covering a variety of topics, including IT certification, training and technology news, Kasia was also responsible for the content strategy and website management at TrainSignal. You can connect with Kasia on Twitter @kasialorenc.