How to Find Browser Settings

By Brandy Alexander

Updated September 28, 2017

The settings in your Web browser control the various features of your Internet experience, from how large the text appears on website pages to whether you receive warnings before entering a potentially harmful site. These settings come with all major browsers and you have the option to change them whenever it is convenient. Know where to find these settings in your own browser so that you can review your current setup and make any changes, as you prefer.

Using Firefox

Launch your Firefox Web browser.

Click the "Tools" menu and select "Options" from the drop-down list. If using Firefox for the Mac, click the "Firefox" menu and select the "Preferences" option.

Click each tab, such as "Privacy" and "Security," to view the various browser settings that let you do different things. For example, "General" allows you to change your home page and "Content" enables you to specify whether you want pop-up windows blocked.

Using Internet Explorer

Start your Internet Explorer browser.

Click the "Tools" menu and select the "Internet Options" title.

Click each tab, such as "Connections" and "Programs," at the top of the dialog box to review your current settings. For instance, look for the "Security" setting to enter any websites that you would like to block from this browser.

Using Safari

Bring up your Safari Web browser.

Select the "Preferences" option under the "Edit" (Windows) or "Safari" (Mac) menu.

Click through the tabs in the dialog box to find and control your browser settings. For example, Safari offers an "Appearance" tab that enables you to control the font display of your browser window.