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Although you can use any browser to view the Amherst website, Firefox is the browser you should use to create and edit content. Internet Explorer has a few problems, and Safari on the Mac is just about unusable. Stick with Firefox.

  1. You can obtain Firefox from two locations:
    • If on-campus, go to Winsoft (the "K:" drive) or Macsoft and double-click on "Firefox 2.0 Installer."
    • If off-campus, point your browser to If your computer is running the English-language version of Windows, click on the large green "Download Firefox-Free" button. (For other languages and operating systems, click the "Other Systems and Languages" link just below the big green button. On the resultant page, click the link that corresponds to your language and operating system.) When prompted about what to do with the download, select Save and have your browser save the installation file to a convenient location, such as your Desktop. Once the file is downloaded, go to where you downloaded it and double-click on it.
  2. Whether you're installing from Winsoft or Macsoft or from a downloaded file, you may first be prompted with a Security Warning; click Run. If you're running Windows Vista, you may also get a User Access Control window; click Continue.
  3. The installer first extracts the installation files. Once finished, you'll see the Welcome screen. Click Next.
  4. On the License Agreement screen, click "I accept the terms of the License Agreement," then click Next.
  5. On the Setup Type screen, select "Standard" and click Next.
  6. Firefox will now install on your computer. When it's completed, select the "Launch Mozilla Firefox now" option and click Finish.
  7. The first time Firefox launches, it presents you with the Import Wizard. We recommend that you choose to import the Bookmarks, Passwords, and other data from your current browser (usually Internet Explorer on Windows; Safari on a Mac). Note that these items are still available in your other browser; Firefox simply copies them. Click Next.
  8. On the Home Page Selection screen, import your home page from your current browser if that option is available. You can always reset your home page at any time. Click Next.
  9. Once the Firefox window appears you'll be asked whether you want to make Firefox your default browser (i.e., the one that opens whenever you click on a link inside another application) and whether you want to be asked this question whenever you start Firefox. We recommend you make Firefox your default browser, but the choice is yours.
  10. Firefox opens two tabs when you first launch it. The active tab is a "Welcome to Firefox page" that contains a link where you can learn more about Firefox. The second tab is the home page you imported from your other browser. Whenever you subjequently run Firefox, it will always start on the home page you select. (By the way, to set your home page in Firefox first go to the page that you want to be your home page and then drag the icon just to the left of the page's address in the address bar to the house icon just to the left of the address bar.)
  11. To log into the Amherst website, simply go to and click the "Log in to My Amherst" link in the upper-right corner of the Amherst home page. Once you enter your Amherst username and password you'll be brought to your portal page on the Amherst website.