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Not all SharePoint features with Firefox. The only browser that supports ALL SharePoint features and functions is Internet ExplorerBryant Avey, Chief Geek, internuntius
Every time you navigate to a SharePoint site using the Firefox web browser, you get prompted to login. The same goes for logging into any local network domain url; you always get prompted to login with your domain user id and password.
Firefox is used a lot by web developers. Developers often need to do testing by logging in as different test users. For this reason, and probably other reasons too, Firefox defaults to forcing you to login when authentication or credentials are required on a web site. This is also a security feature if you’re surfing the web. It’s not a good idea to have your web browser trying to send usernames and passwords to sites asking for a login. But in this case, if we’re going to a URL that is on the local network domain, it’s a site that we trust and that we want to automatically use our network credentials to log into. Both Chrome and Internet Explorer provide this ability by default for intranet sites. But Firefox has its own security settings for this. To change your settings so that Firefox automatically logs you into SharePoint and other local network websites, follow the 4 simple steps below and you’ll be all set.
- Open Firefox and navigate to “about:config”. Just type about:config in the url box and hit enter.
- Click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button.
- Search for NTLM and edit the “network.automatic-ntlm-auth.trusted-uris” entry.
- Double click the line and type in the domain for your SharePoint site and click the OK button. (NOTE: this line will be blank by default. If you already have values entered, you can just add a comma and space and then add your SharePoint site domain to the end of the line: “, SharePoint.Domain”)
When you click OK, your entry should display your domain name
Now whenever you navigate to any url that has SharePoint.Domain in the url, you will automatically be logged into the site using your windows user that you’re currently signed into your computer.
Give it a try by going to http://SharePointServer.SharePoint.Domain/Site. Obviously you’ll want to substitute your corporate domain name for “SharePoint.Domain” for this to work. Just replace the text with your own domain name like “MyCompany.com”, etc.
Let me know if you have questions or other comments. I always appreciate feedback!