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  Configuring Opera 6:

To help take advantage of what the Internet has to offer, it's necessary to configure your browser properly.  This tutorial takes you through the most common functions of Opera and to configure them.  Below is Opera's main window and when Opera is the active application, Macintosh's toolbar becomes Opera's toolbar.

On the Toolbar, click File and select Preferences


Clearing the History and Cache:

The Preferences window opens.

Here is where you'll do the majority of the configuration.  On the left hand side is a column of categories.  When a category is highlighted, various options related to that category appear to the right.

Highlight the category History and cache.

To the right you'll see three sections.  We're concerned about the first two:  History and Disk cache.


History  =  the history is list of all the sites you've typed in the address bar as well as the websites you've visited with your computer.

You can clear these by clicking the two Clear buttons.


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.

You can clear the cache by clicking the Empty now button.

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


Enabling Java and JavaScript:

In the category column on the left, highlight the category Multimedia.

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, select Enable Java and Enable JavaScript.


Enabling and deleting Cookies:

In the category column on the left, highlight the category Privacy.


Cookies are a necessary evil on the Internet.  Cookies are small files left on your computer to aid in quicker access upon return and to help identify you.  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 certain others.


Blocking Pop-up windows:

In the category column on the left, highlight the category Windows.

All windows:

Pop-up windows are small panes (and sometimes pains) or advertisements that appear when you go to certain web sites.  Some web sites have five, six, seven, and sometimes more pop-ups.  Needless to say, this can be extremely annoying.  Opera has a built-in pop-up blocker.  When you enter a site with pop-up ads, Opera will suppress them.

To the right enable the option Refuse pop-up windows.  This should block most pop-ups.


Setting the Home page:

You cannot set the home page within Opera 6 for the Macintosh.  Normally you would have to set the home page from within the Internet section of the System Preferences.  However, since the integration of the Safari browser with Mac OS X, the Internet section is no longer available.  You must configure the home page from within Safari itself.  To set the home page, do the following:

Launch the Safari browser.

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


Select the General button.

Home Page  =  a home page is the first page that opens when you launch Opera or any browser for that matter.  It can be any page you'd like.  You can also use a blank page.  In the example below, we entered, "http://www.netfaqs.com/".


Configuring the Proxy:

Another important function you cannot configure in Opera 6.03 is the proxy server.  The proxy is used for a variety of reasons, one of which is content filtering.

You cannot configure this within Opera; you must open the Network window in the System Preferences to do this.

On the Toolbar, click the Apple icon and select System Preferences from the drop-down menu.


The System Preferences window opens.

Click the Network Icon.


The Network window opens.

Select the Proxies tab.

Content filtering  =  filtering blocks access to unwanted and undesirable web content such as pornographic, violent, or risqué sites.  Contact your Internet Service Provider to see if this service is offered.

If you know the address and port your ISP utilizes for this service, you can enter them in now.  Do the following:

Select a proxy server to configure:

Check the box Web Proxy (HTTP).

Web Proxy Server:

The proxy address is available from your ISP's support center.

Note:  to prevent anyone from removing the proxy server address and port or disabling it altogether, you can, as the administrator, lock it down by clicking the lock icon in the bottom, left-hand corner of the screen.


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