Setting up Firefox to run in Kiosk
We have a few computers run
inside exhibits as kiosks to loop certain web pages. Internet
explorer has the most built in functionality to act as a kiosk, but the
inability to zoom individual flash objects forced me to use Firefox
plus 2 add-ons.
Internet Explorer Kiosk setup:
On a shortcut for internet explorer if you right click and add -k to
the end of the target arguement so that it reads "*\iexplorer.exe"
-k You can get internet explorer to start under Kiosk
1. Internet explorer was surpressing the url of the flash
video we needed to show at startup. This made it difficult to
create a shortcut for the startup folder to access.
2. Even when I was able to get the specific url of just the
flash video internet explorer's built-in zoom functionality only
increases text size not the size of the flash interactive video itself.
Firefox Kiosk setup:
1. Firefox does not have a kiosk mode built in like
internet explorer so instead of altering a url shortcuts target line
you have to install a kiosk add-on. There are a few but I went
2. Firefox allows you to zoom flash objects but it will
forget your zoom levels at each reboot so the Firefox add-on NoSquint
This will make sure zoom levels aren't forgotten
3. Set the homepage of Firefox to the url you're using and
place a short cut in the startup folder of the computer.
This solution worked for only a few hours before we had to make an
addition. The flash object was interactive and contained links to
other web pages. By the next morning the kiosk showed a web page
that seemed completely unrelated to the original site. I highly
suggest that anyone using Firefox or internet explorer find an addon to
reload the original url at a given interval. ReloadEvery
for Firefox allows you to reload after a certain amount of
inactivity. With these 3 add-ons Firefox has worked very
effectively as a kiosk computer.