Mozilla Composer Tutorial

Getting the Mozilla Composer WYSIWYG Editor

The Mozilla Composer Editor is created by and made free with the help of thousands of people around the world. For the answer as to why they would do this, read their mission statement.

Downloading the Editor

The Mozilla Composer is actually part of the Mozilla Web Browser, so to get Composer, you must download the browser also. You can get the latest version by going here. As this tutorial is being written, the current version is 1.6, so all the following screenshots will make reference to that version.

Click on this link. You will be taken to a webpage. Not far from the top of the page, you'll see a Windows link like the one surrounded by red in the following screenshot. Click on it.

A screenshot of the download page


Once you click on it, you'll be asked what you would like to do with the file. Click the Save button:

a save dialog box

When you click the Save button, you'll be asked where to save the file. For simplicity, click on the Save In list box and point to Desktop and click. Then click the Save button:


Installing the Editor

Once the file finishes downloading, go to your Desktop and double-click on the file:

After the computer thinks for a little while, you'll be greeted with the following dialog box. Click Next:

You'll then be prompted to accept the license agreement.If you want to accept (and you must if you want to continue the install), click Accept:

license agreement dialog

Now, you'll see a screen with all the install options. For simplicity, leave all the options set to default, and click Next:

Mozilla installation dialog

At this point, you may get a dialog box telling you that the Mozilla directory does not exist. You'll be asked if you want the installer to create the directory. Click Yes.

After this, you'll see a dialog asking if you want to enable the Quick Launch icon. Make sure this box is unchecked and click Next:

Quick Launch dialog box

The following dialog box is the last you'll see before installation takes place. It lists all the options that were selected previously. Click Install to begin copying files:

Final install dialog box

During the install, you will see several dialog boxes that look a lot like the following:

installation progress dialog box

When the installation is finished, Mozilla will launch. You'll see a dialog box asking if you would like to make Mozilla your default browser. The choice is up to you. Click Yes to have Mozilla launch when your computer needs to do Internet stuff or No if you want your Internet associations to stay as they are:

default browser dialog box

After this step, you can reach Mozilla at anytime by finding the Mozilla folder on your Start Menu and clicking on Mozilla:

shot of Start Menu with Mozilla on it


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