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  Configuring Opera browser:

This tutorial takes you through the most common functions of Opera's browser.

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


Setting the Home Page:

Select the General tab.

Home page  =  The home page is the first page displayed when you launch Opera.  It can be any page you like, but it is usually the home page of your Internet service provider.


Blocking Pop-up 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-ups when you go to there page. Needless to say, this can be extremely annoying.  Opera 7.5 has a built-in pop-up blocker.

Pop-ups  =  To disable pop-up windows, select Block unwanted pop-ups or Block all pop-ups from the menu.


Enabling Java & JavaScript:

Select the Advaned tab.

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

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 JavaScript and Enable Java.

Click the JavaScript options button.


The JavaScript options window opens.

In this window you may modify how JavaScript manipulates browser windows.  You'll want to experiment with this as you decide what you like and don't like.

Click the OK button to close the window.


We return to the Advanced tab.

Enabling Opera's  Mail Client:

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

E-mail application  =  If you'd like to utilize Opera's mail client capability, select Use Opera from the menu.


Clearing the History & Cache:

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

History  =  The history is list of all the sites visited with your computer.  You can clear this by clicking the two Clear buttons to the right.
Cache  =  The cache contains the files and images of every website visited with your computer.  You can clear these by clicking the Empty now button to the right.

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


Managing Cookies:

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

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 i.e., banks, credit unions, etc.

Normal cookies  =  Set this to Accept all cookies.

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

Third party cookies  =  Set this to the option with which you feel most comfortable.  In this example, we set it to "Accept only cookies set to the server itself".  This is a general setting.  You can stipulate cookie handling site by site.

Click the Manage cookies button.


The Server manager window opens.

Select the Cookies option.

You can stipulate how you'd like the cookies handled for individual sites by highlighting the site and clicking the Edit button.

Click the Close button.


We return to the Advanced tab.

Configuring the Proxy Server:

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

There are several reasons to use a proxy server.  Two common reasons are:

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.
Web Acceleration = With BrowseBlast software installed, your Internet connection can be 2 to 5 times faster.  If you have purchased BrowseBlast from your ISP and installed it on your computer, the proxy settings should match those on the right.

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


The Proxy servers window opens.

Check the box HTTP.

HTTP  =  Enter the IP address or name address of the proxy server.  If you do not know this address, you may obtain it from your ISP.
Port  =  Enter the port number the proxy server uses.

Click the OK button when finished.


We return to the Advaced tab.

Click the OK button to close the window.


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