Installation – Firefox

First, there is an audio guide.

Many thanks to Jose Tamayo with the Blind Tech Channel on YouTube for this very helpful tutorial on how to install F123 Access.

Make sure that you are using Firefox

Then go to our sign-up and download page and follow the instructions.  All we need is your email address and name. We will send you an email with a link which you can click on and the download will begin to Firefox.

Firefox Add-ons Manager

Our software is what is called a browser “extension”, and you may already have one or more extensions installed in Firefox.  If you go to the Tools menu on Firefox, and select “Add-ons” you will be taken to the Add-ons Manager.  Find the tab titled “Extensions” – when you install F123 Access it will be listed there.

Installation Prompts & Dialogs

When you click our download link, Firefox will behave differently depending on what setting you have for this kind of activity in your Firefox preferences:

On the Preferences > Security tab you may have “Warn me when sites try to install add-ons” checked.  You ought to have this checked – it’s good practice – but don’t worry in our case  F123 Access has been approved and “signed” by the Mozilla security service.

If you do have the warning preference set, you will be presented with a warning dialog saying something like: “Firefox prevented this site …”, but will offer you a select menu with “Allow” and “Not Now” options.   If you select Allow, the installation should happen in a second or two, and then you should be able to find the F123 Access Menu on your main Firefox menu bar. However, some potential pitfalls:

  • There can be some accessibility problems on this dialog, with the command that should select “Allow” in fact only taking you as far as the drop-down.  A repeat of the command may be necessary.
  • If you have a Private Browsing window, or if you have a certain “history” setting in your Privacy preferences, then our software will shut itself down.  You should still find our menu, but it will tell you that F123 Access is not going to operate while you have either of those privacy settings in place.  The history setting to look for is: Preferences > Privacy > History: “Firefox will never remember history”.  Set that to something else if you want to run F123 Access.  And remember, if you are using Private Browsing, F123 Access will shut-off.

Switch off,  Disable or Uninstall

These are three levels of control you have in getting back to life in the browser without F123 Access:

  1. The first keeps some of F123 Access running but halts any reformatting of web-pages. You use the “Active” menu command on the F123 Access menu for this.
  2. If you want to stop F123 Access running entirely, but keep it installed, go to the Firefox > Tools > Add-ons > Extensions, find F123 Access and disable it.   The F123 Access menu will disappear from your Firefox menu bar.  You can enable it again at any time using the Add-ons manager.
  3. If you want to stop using F123 Access permanently, go to the Add-ons manager and choose Uninstall.

Next:  How to Use F123 Access