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Sunday, January 25, 2009

How to Install Firefox 3 On Mac Mini OS X

That's the thing about getting to know a new operating system. You make silly mistakes and use the systems in a way not intended until you discover otherwise. For me, I have been running Mozilla FireFox 3.0 (3.0.5) only in memory off of the mounted archive rather than installing the application on my Mac Mini for about two weeks.

The initial problem was that the installation of the Mozilla FireFox 3 browser is different than other application I had previously installed. Once I learned how to do it, it makes a lot more sense.

No having learned the correct way to install it -- I figure there may be some other Apple / Mac OS X newbies like myself out there that might be a little lost like myself, so here's a quick tutorial on how to install the Firefox 3 browser on the Mac OS X.

1. Just download the Firefox 3.0.5.dmg archive from the Mozilla website. Once you download the file, double-click on it to open the archive.

Just download the Firefox 3.0.5.dmg archive from the Mozilla website. Once you download the file, double-click on it to open the archive.

2. Once you double-click on the archive, it will mount the Firefox 3.0.5 archive on your Mac Mini (or similar system running Mac OS X).

Once you double-click on the archive, it will mount the Firefox 3.0.5 archive on your Mac Mini (or similar system running Mac OS X).

3. As the image (archive) is mounted on the PC -- you may need to double-click on it sometimes -- a Firefox window pops open with two icons, the Firefox application icon and the Application folder with an arrow between the two. If you double-click the Firefox icon, it will launch the Firefox 3 application out of the mounted archive. If you click on the Application folder, that will open. If you want to install Mozilla Firefox 3 drag the Mozilla Icon onto the Application folder and it will install (this is what I missed). Then Mozilla Firefox 3 will be installed on your hard drive and launch.

As the image (archive) is mounted on the PC -- you may need to double-click on it sometimes -- a Firefox window pops open with two icons, the Firefox application icon and the Application folder with an arrow between the two. If you double-click the Firefox icon, it will launch the Firefox 3 application out of the mounted archive. If you click on the Applicaiton folder, that will open. If you want to install Mozilla Firefox 3 drag the Mozilla Icon onto the Application folder and it will install (this is what I missed). Then Mozilla Firefox 3 will be installed on your hard drive and launch.

4. If you are like me and you want to use the Firefox 3 browser frequently, just right-click on the icon in the dock, and select Keep in Dock. You are now set to use and access your Firefox 3.0.5 browser easily!

If you are like me and you want to use the Firefox 3 browser frequently, just right-click on the icon in the dock, and select Keep in Dock. You are now set to use and access your Firefox 3.0.5 browser easily!

Hopefully this will help you avoid going through the embarrassment and slower running of the Firefox browser on your Apple Macintosh!

2 comments:

Bill Moseley said...

Or, you can just drag it to the Apps folder shortcut in the same window (the third image on your post).

Ken Hanscom said...

Yep, thanks good catch. That's actually what I meant to write -- so need to update it. I guess that's why there is an arrow from the Mozilla icon to the Applications shortcut in that window. :-)