Mozilla Firefox ESR: Required Settings


The information below is relevant for the Enterprise Business Systems (EBS) Portal and the HR and Payroll functions within the portal.  For information on compatibility with other EBS Systems, such as Finance and Business Intelligence, see the Compatibility Matrix.

Many applications require additional settings on the browser to work properly.  See detailed instructions below.

Local Intranet

In order to optimize performance, the EBS Portal must be listed in the proper security zone.
Control Panel> Internet Options> Security> Local intranet>sites> Advanced> Add https://secportal.ebsp.msu.edu

control panel

local intranet

add site

Default Browser

The default browser should be Internet Explorer or Firefox ESR.  New windows opened from a different browser use the default browser, which can cause a problem if the default browser is not supported for that application.
Start> Control Panel> Default Programs> Set your Default Programs

default programs

set your default programs

Allow pop-ups

Many links will open a new window. Make sure that the browser allows for pop-ups.
ESR: Menu> Options> Content> Exceptions> *.ebsp.msu.edu>  Allow 

options

exceptions

Allow Downloads

Part One:

From the Tools menu, go to Options, then in the General section under the Downloads settings, choose "Always ask me where to save files."

Part Two:

Type "about:config" into Firefox browser URL (you may be warned that this will void your browser warranty, but this is what Mozilla provides. Click "I'll be careful, I promise!" to continue.)

Warning message from Firefox about warranty.

Make sure the following values are set. If they are not, double-click on the item and change them.
browser.link.open_newwindow = 3
browser.link.open_newwindow.restriction = 0

Screenshot of settings for Firefox.

Close the tab.

Language

Browsers should be set to have English as the first language.  Items may not display properly on screen if this is set to some other language.
Menu> Options> Content> Languages> Choose

options

language

Zoom

Having the zoom on the screen set to anything other than 100% can result in improper display of the screen, including a flickering screen. For most browsers, <control> 0 (zero) resets the zoom to 100%. Here are direction specific to each browser.
Menu> Zoom> Reset  

zoom

 

 

 

Allow Caching

If you disallow caching, cookies from the SAP GUI for HTML site are not accepted, and this will prevent the uploading of attachments.

  1. Open "Options"
  2. Then choose "Privacy"
  3. Make sure that under the "History" section the setting for "Firefox will:" is set to "Remember history." The other options will not allow the portal to access the browser's file system.

 Toolbars

Add-ins can prevent items from properly displaying in browser windows. Below are directions for disabling browser add-ins.
Menu> Add-ons>Extensions> Disable or Remove   

add-ons

disable or remove