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This page explains step-by-step how to change the text and background color in the Firefox 3 web browser running on Mac OS X systems. You can change the settings to match your Mac OS X color scheme, or choose colors just for Firefox.

Note: The following abbreviations for keys on the Mac are used: Ctrl is used for the Control key, Apple is used for the Command key, and Alt is used for the Option key. For keyboard access, make sure "Full keyboard access" is turned on--you can turn it on or off by pressing Ctrl+F1 at any time.


Change your colors in Firefox 3

Step 1: Open the "Colors" window

Click on "Firefox" in the menu bar, or press Ctrl+F2 to highlight the menu bar and then press the right arrow to open the "Firefox" drop-down menu, as shown in fig. 1.

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Click on "Preferences," or press the down arrow to highlight "Preferences" and then press Enter. This will open the "Preferences" window.

If the "Content" tab is not already selected, click on it or use the left and right arrow keys to select it, as shown in fig. 2.

fig. 2

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Click on the "Colors" button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press the Spacebar to select it.

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If you want to use the same color scheme as you are using for Mac OS X, continue to Step 2. However, on a Mac you have limited options to change your system's colors scheme, so you are more likely to need to set text and background colors just for Firefox. If you want to customize colors just for Firefox, go to Step 3.

Step 2: Use your Mac OS X color scheme in Firefox

To use your Mac OS X color scheme settings in Firefox, tick the box next to "Use system colors" by clicking on it. Or press Tab until the box is highlighted and then press the Spacebar to tick it.

Untick the box next to "Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above" by clicking on it, or press Tab until the box is highlighted and then press the Spacebar to untick it.

Click the "OK" button or press Enter to return to the "Preferences" window (fig. 2). In the "Preferences" window, click on the window's red close button or press Apple+W to return to Firefox.

You should now see your color settings. If you can't see them, click on the "Reload current page" button (the curving arrow) on the Firefox toolbar, or press Apple+R, to reload the page with your color settings.

Step 3: Choose your colors just for Firefox

In the "Colors" window (fig. 3), make sure the "Use system colors" box is unticked. If it is ticked, click on it or press Tab until the box is highlighted and then press the Spacebar to untick it.

To choose your text color, click the color box next to the "Text" header, then click on the color you want to use from the pop-up color palette as shown in fig. 4.

Alternatively, press Tab to highlight the "Text" color box and then press the Spacebar to bring up the color palette shown in fig. 4. Use the arrow keys to navigate to the color you want and then press Enter to choose it.

fig. 4

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Using the same steps, you can also choose a background color, and different colors for hyperlinks. Note that you might not be able to see background images if you change the background color.

When you have chosen your colors, untick the box next to "Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above" by clicking on it, or press Tab until the box is highlighted and then press the Spacebar to untick it.

Click the "OK" button or press Enter to return to the "Preferences" window (fig. 2). In the "Preferences" window, click on the window's red close button or press Apple+W to return to Firefox.

You should now see your color settings. If you can't see them, click on the "Reload current page" button (the curving arrow) on the Firefox toolbar, or press Apple+R, to reload the page with your color settings.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies--contact your local IT support for further help.