Check the Version and Update Web Browsers

Introduction

Web Browsers are software that allow you to view, save information about, and use web pages. Common web browsers include Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera. Keep your web browser software up to date for your computer to work well, for videos and sound file to play, and for computer security.

Instructions

Instructions: 

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click the Menu button New Fx Menu found at the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Click the question mark Help-29 icon for Help .
  3. Select About Firefox.
  4. The About Firefox window will open, displaying what version of Firefox you have. Firefox will begin checking for updates and downloading them automatically.
  5. When the updates are ready to be installed, click Restart to Update.

Important: If the update didn't start, didn't complete or there was some other problem, please download and install a fresh copy. Always make sure you download Mozilla Firefox from the mozilla.org website.

Google Chrome

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Update Google Chrome.
  3. In the confirmation dialog that appears, click Restart. The browser saves your opened tabs and windows and reopens them automatically when it restarts. If you'd prefer not to restart right away, click Not now. The next time you restart your browser, the update will automatically be applied.

Windows 8 users: Make sure to close all Chrome windows and tabs on the desktop and Windows 8 app, then relaunch Chrome to apply the update.

  • Mac users: You can also set up automatic browser updates for all users of your computer if Google Chrome is installed in your Applications folder. Go to the "About Google Chrome" dialog and look for the Set Up Automatic Updates for All Users button. If it's available, click the button and authenticate to set up automatic updates.
  • Linux users: Use your package manager to update Google Chrome.

Safari

Safari gets updated through Mac Operating System updates. See our Update your Mac Operating System article.

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer gets updated through Windows Operating System updates. See our Update your Windows Operating System article.

Opera

The browser checks for updates at regular intervals. To do a manual check, select the menu item Opera then Check for Updates.

For security and to keep Opera up to date enable Auto-update. Select the menu item Security then Advanced Preferences.

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