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How do I install multiple versions of Firefox on my computer for use with CommonSpot?

The recommended version of Firefox to be used with CommonSpot, the university’s web content management system, is Firefox 3.6.  However, you can still keep the most up-to-date version of Firefox installed on your computer for normal daily use.  Here’s how:

Instructions for Windows

Instructions for OS X

Windows

1.  Download and install your first version of Firefox (if you haven’t already).  If you already have a version of Firefox installed, you may skip this step.

    a.  Firefox 3.6 for CommonSpot (Click on Windows Software for Faculty/Staff Only)
    b.  Firefox (Current Version)

2.  Now that you have your first version installed, download the second version of Firefox:

    a.  Firefox 3.6 for CommonSpot (Click on Windows Software for Faculty/Staff Only)
    b.  Firefox (Current Version)

3.  When installing your second version of Firefox, choose the custom setup option.


4.  When asked where you’d like to install your second version of Firefox, add a word to the Mozilla Firefox directory (Firefox-New or Firefox-CommonSpot) to differentiate it from the other version you have installed.  You can find the directory in the text that begins with C:\.


5.  Proceed by clicking Next on all of the screens that follow.  

6.  If you’d like, you can place the Firefox icon on your desktop and then rename the icon to differentiate between the two versions of Firefox.  

    a.  Right click on the icon
    b.  Select Rename
    c.  Enter your new name (such as Firefox 3.6 for CommonSpot)
    d.  Press Enter.  You may have to click Continue.

You’re now free to use either version of Firefox, depending on your needs.  Remember, you can have two versions of Firefox installed, but you may only run one at a time.  Be sure to completely exit one version of Firefox before starting up the other one.

Now, be sure to disable automatic updating on Firefox 3.6.




Mac OS X



1.  Download and drag to your Applications folder your first version of Firefox (if you haven’t already).  If you already have a version of Firefox installed, you may skip this step.

    a.  Firefox 3.6 for CommonSpot (Click on Mac Software for Faculty/Staff Only)
    b.  Firefox (Current Version)

2.  Now that you have your first version installed, download the second version of Firefox:

    a.  Firefox 3.6 for CommonSpot (Click on Mac Software for Faculty/Staff Only)
    b.  Firefox (Current Version)

3.  Open your download if it hasn’t automatically opened.  You’ll see a screen instructing you to drag Firefox to your Applications folder.  Instead, drag the Firefox icon onto your desktop.


4.  Once the icon is on your desktop, click once to highlight it.  Now, click once on the word “Firefox”.  You will now be able to edit the file name.  Add on to the name by typing “Firefox New” or “Firefox for CommonSpot” and then press enter.


5.  Drag your newly renamed icon to your Applications folder.  You can access your Applications folder from the desktop by going to the Go menu and choosing Applications


6.  You can launch Firefox from your Applications folder by double-clicking the icon, or you can drag your new icon to your dock for easier access.  

You’re now free to use either version of Firefox, depending on your needs.   Remember, you can have two versions of Firefox installed, but you may only run one at a time.  Be sure to completely exit one version of Firefox before starting up the other one.

Be sure to disable automatic updating on Firefox 3.6.




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  • Date Created: 3/29/2013
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