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  Netscape 4.X - Browser for Linux 

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Netscape 4.X links on this page:  Home page | History | Enabling Java | Cache & Cookies | Proxy |


  Configuring Netscape's browser:

The following tutorial explains some of the more common and necessary functions of your Netscape browser.  When configured properly, you shouldn't have any problems surfing the Internet.

To configure Netscape 4.X, do the following:

On the Toolbar, click Edit and select Preferences from the menu.


Highlight Navigator.

Setting the Home page, clearing the History and Location Bar:

To the right, you can set Home page, History, and Location Bar History.

Home page  =  the home page is the first page displayed when you open Navigator.  You can set it to any page you like.  The example below uses http://www.netfaqs.com/.

History  =  the history is a folder containing a list of every site visited during a certain time period (in this case, 9 days).

Location Bar History  =  the 'Location Bar History' is Netscape's name for the 'Address Bar'.  The 'Location Bar' contains a list of every name address you entered.  To clear the location bar history, click Clear Location Bar.


Double click Advanced to expand its sub-menu.

Enabling Java and JavaScript:

Java is an important part of the Internet.  To enjoy full functionality of your web browser and the pages you visit, you should enable Java and JavaScript.


Highlight Cache.

Clearing the Cache and Cookies:

Cache:  every image, word, file, etc. you view on the Internet are stored on your computer in a folder known as the cache.  This makes the pages more easily accessible the next time you visit them.  However, a full cache can impede browsing performance.  It is important to empty this folder periodically.

Cookies: cookies are a necessary evil on the Internet.  Cookies are small files left on your computer to aid in quicker access upon return.  However, some sites gather information from you through the use of cookies.  So, as annoying as cookies can be, you need them to be able to access certain sites (i.e., bank and credit union sites).  Without them you cannot access these sites and certain others.

To clear the cache and cookies, click Clear Memory Cache and Clear Disk Cache.


Highlight Proxies.

Setting the Proxy server:

The most common reason to use Proxies is:

Filtering:  Web sites are filtered to stop unwanted sites dealing with smut, violence, etc. from reaching your computer.  The proxy address is available from your ISP support center.  They may also be able to give you optional software to password protect the settings.

To the right, enable Manual proxy configuration.

Click the View button.


If you don't know the address and port, contact your ISP's support center.

Click OK when finished.


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