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  Configuring Opera 7's browser:

To be able to enjoy the full functionality of the Internet, it is imperative to have a properly configured browser.  This tutorial takes you through the most common functions of Opera's browser.

On the Toolbar, click File and select Preferences from the drop-down menu. 


Setting the Home Page:

The Preferences window opens.

Here is where you'll configure Opera to browse the Internet, tell it what e-mail client you would like to use, clear the cache, cookies, and history, set the home page, etc.  The left-hand column contains a variety of categories and their respective submenus.  Highlight the categories and submenus to see the options that pertain to them.

Highlight Start and exit.

To the right you can set your home page.  The home page is the first page displayed when you launch Opera.  It can be any page you like.


Enabling Java:

Under the Fonts and colors category, highlight Multimedia.

To enjoy the full functionality of the Internet, you should have Java and JavaScript enabled.  Many pages are written with these languages and in order to view these pages, you'll need the two enabled.

Under the right-hand section Media types, you should have marked Enable Java.
Under the right-hand section JavaScript, mark the box Enable JavaScript.


Default E-mail account:

Under the Programs and paths category, highlight E-mail.

You can choose to use Opera's built-in e-mail client or another client you have installed on your computer.


Enabling the Proxy Servers:

Highlight the Network category.

There are many reasons to use a proxy, one of which is to block undesirable content on the Internet from reaching your computer.  This content includes violence, gambling, and pornography to mention a few.

To configure the proxy servers, click the Proxy servers button.  It's to the right.


Check the box HTTP.

The screen below shows settings for Filtering. 

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

Click OK when finished.


Clearing the History and cache:

Highlight History and cache.

The History is list of all the sites visited with your computer.  You can clear this by clicking the two Clear buttons under the History section.

The Cache contains the files, images, and cookies of every website visited with your computer.  You can clear these by clicking the Empty now button under the section Disk cache.

Important:  a full history and cache can impede browsing speed.  You should clear these periodically.


Enabling Cookies:

Highlight Privacy.

Cookies are an important part of the Internet.  Many sites require that they be enabled.  If they are not enabled you will not be able to access certain sites.

To enable cookies, mark the box Enable cookies.  It's to the right.

Note:  you do not have to accept all cookies.  You can click the down arrows and specify how Opera handles cookies.


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