Feature I like in FF is the Bookmark Tool Bar View > Toolbars then tick it This toolbar then sits below the main FF toolbar You can then drag often visited sites onto the Bookmarks Toolbar and a little icon appears for that site - so saves going through Bookmarks, Sorry if you are already aware
Right-click on the desktop and choose New, Shortcut. After you've browsed to the firefox program and it is entered in the 'Type the location of the item' box just leave a space then add click here to the end of the line. Complete the shortcut wizard and you've got it. This will now open in firefox instead of IE.