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Internet Explorer 5.2 - Browser for Macintosh OS X

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Internet Explorer 5.2:

To configure Internet Explorer 5.2 for Mac OS X, follow these steps:

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


The Preferences window opens.

Configuring the Home Page:

Double click Web Browser to open its menu.  Then choose Browser Display just beneath.

To the right, you'll see Home Page.  This is the page that will open up when you launch Internet Explorer.

Address  =  enter the URL of the homepage you'd like to see when you launch Internet Explorer. 


Clearing the History and Cache:

Highlight Advanced.

To the right, you'll see History. The history is a list of web pages you've visited.  You can delete the History by clicking Clear History.

To the right, you'll see Cache.  All Internet sites you visit are stored on your computer for quicker access later or for viewing offline.  This includes images and text.  You clear them by clicking both Empty Now.

Note:  If you are having trouble surfing or can't surf at all, clearing the cache may solve this problem.


Deleting the Cookies:

Double click Receiving Files to open its menu.

Highlight Cookies.

At the bottom right, it is best to select Never ask.  However, you can enable cookies to suit your needs.  Please note that you will need cookies enabled to use our home page and web-mail features.  In fact, many sites require that you have cookies enabled (bank sites and credit unions, for example).  If cookies are disabled, you will not be able to access these sites.

Important:  you should delete cookies periodically.  A full cookie folder can decrease browsing performance.

To delete the cookies, highlight each one and click the Delete button.


Enabling Java:

Double click the Web Browser category to expand its menu.

Select the Java category.

Java is an important part of the Internet.  Many pages utilize Java; therefore, to enjoy all the Internet has to offer, you should enable Java.  Without Java, many pages won't function properly.


Enabling ActiveX, Plug-Ins, and Scripts:

Select the Security Zones category.

This category controls how ActiveX, Plug-Ins, Login boxes, and Scripts are handled.

It is best to leave this at the Medium level.  If this is set too high, many pages may not function correctly.

If you want to more control over each of these functions, select Custom, then click Settings to see the screen below.



Important:  Do not enable Ratings.  This is Microsoft's attempt at Internet filtering.  It is a nice idea, but it doesn't work.  With this enabled, you will not be able to surf anywhere.


Setting The Proxy:

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. 

In Mac OS X, however, you cannot enable the Proxy settings here in Internet Explorer.

Instead, you must access the Proxy tab of your Connection in the Network System Preferences.
Click here for links to the Network System Preferences for each version of OS X.

Click OK when finished.


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