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  Configuring Mozilla:

To enjoy all, or at least most, of what the Internet has to offer, it is necessary to configure your browser correctly.  This tutorial shows you some of the most common functions of Mozilla.  To configure Mozilla, do the following:

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


Setting the Home page:

In the Category column on the left, highlight Navigator.

To the right, you can set the 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 "".


Clearing the History:

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

Clear Location Bar - the 'Location Bar' is Netscape's name for the 'Address Bar'.  Below is an example of Mozilla's Toolbar.  The 'Location Bar' contains a list of every name address you entered.  If you click on the down arrow to the right of it, you'll see the list of sites.

To clear these folders, click their respective buttons.


Tabbed browsing:

Mozilla allows you to browse the web using multiple tabs instead of multiple windows.  This way you have one window open with several tabs within that window.  You can then switch between tabs instead of windows.

Below you can stipulate which functions of tabbed browsing you'd like to employ.


Managing Cookies:

In the Category column on the left, double click Privacy & Security and highlight 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.  As annoying as they 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 others.

To the right, enable Enable cookies for the originating web site only or Enable all cookies.

Important:  if you have trouble accessing certain sites, ensure that you have cookies enabled.

Click the Manage Stored Cookies button.


The Cookie Manager opens.

Every site you visit on the Internet deposits a cookie in a folder on your computer.  After a few weeks of surfing, they build up.  After building up, cookies can impede your surfing.  For this reason, you must delete them periodically.  Don't worry; you'll get more.

To delete stored cookies, highlight one or more cookies and click Remove Cookie to delete it or them, or click Remove All Cookies to delete all the cookies in the folder.

Click Close when finished.


Blocking Pop-up windows:

In the Category column on the left, highlight Popup Windows.

Pop-up windows are small panes (pains) or advertisements that appear when you go to certain web sites.  Some web sites have five, six, seven, and sometimes more pop-up when you go to there page.  Needless to say, this can be extremely annoying.  Mozilla has a built-in pop-up blocker.

To the right, select the option Suppress Popups.  This should stop most pop-ups from appearing.


Enabling Java and JavaScript:

In the Category column on the left, double click Advanced.

Java & JavaScript are integral programming languages of the Internet.  Many designers utilize these when creating their web sites.  In order to view these web sites the way they're intended to be viewed, you should have Java and JavaScript enabled.

To enable these languages, Enable Java.

In the Category column on the left, highlight the sub-category Scripts & Plugins.


Under the section Enable JavaScript for, select Navigator.


Clearing the Cache:

In the Category column on the left, highlight the sub-category Cache.

Cache  =  the cache is a folder containing all the files (text and images) of the sites you visit.  Every word, icon, photo, etc. of the pages you visit are stored in this folder.  Depending on your surfing habits, they can build up quickly.  They should be deleted periodically to improve browsing performance.

To clear the cache, click the Clear Cache button.


Configuring the Proxy:

There are many reasons why someone would use a proxy.  Two of the most common reasons are:  Filtering and Browsing Acceleration.

Filtering:  Web sites are filtered to stop unwanted sites dealing with pornography, violence, gambling, etc. from reaching your computer.  The proxy address is available from your ISP support center.

Browsing Acceleration:  Browsing acceleration can speed up your Internet browsing up to 6x faster than normal dial-up speed.

To enable the proxy, follow these steps:

Highlight Proxies.

Mark the circle Manual proxy configuration.

HTTP Proxy  =  Enter the IP Address or name address of the proxy server for BrowseBlast or Content Filtering.
Port  =  Enter the port number.

Note:  Both the IP addresses and port numbers  for filtering and BrowseBlast are available from your ISP support center.

Click OK when finished.


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