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  Configuring Netscape Browser 8.0:

To enjoy all, or at least most of what, the Internet has to offer, it is necessary to configure your browser correctly.  Configuring Netscape 8.0 is quite different from previous versions of Netscape.  You access the options as you would with Mozilla Firefox.

To configure Netscape 8.0, follow these steps:

On the Toolbar, click Tools and select Options from the menu.

 

Setting the Home Page:

The Options window appears.

In the left-hand column, highlight the General icon.

General:

Home Page:

Location(s)  =  To the right you can set your home page.  A home page is the first page that opens when you launch Mozilla Firefox.  It can be any page you'd like.  You can also use a blank page.

 

Configuring the Proxy Servers:

In the left-hand column, highlight the General icon.

General:

Connection:

Most Internet Service Providers offer many services.  Two of these services are content filtering and browsing acceleration.  Both of these can be add and edited here in the proxy setup.

Content 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.
Browsing acceleration  =  BrowseBlast is a service that can increase your browsing and e-mail downloading speeds up to 6 times faster.  If you don't already have BrowseBlast, you can contact your ISP for more details.

Click the Connection Settings button.

 

The Connection Settings screen appears.

Below are two screenshots of the same screen.  The screen you use would depend on whether you have filtering or browsing acceleration.  The screen on the left shows settings for filtering whereas the screen on the right is for browsing acceleration.  The proxy addresses and ports are available from your ISP support center.

Click OK when finished.

Filtering Settings:

 

Browsing Acceleration Settings:

     

 

 

Clearing the History:

In left-hand column, highlight the Privacy icon.

Privacy:

Page History  =  The Page History is a folder containing a list of every site visited during a certain time period.
Search History  =  The Search History contains a list of Web addresses you entered in the address or location bar.

To clear the Page History and the Search History, click the Clear buttons located to the right of each option.

 

Clearing the Cookies:

In left-hand column, highlight the Privacy icon.

Privacy:

Cookies  =  Cookies are a necessary evil on the Internet.  Cookies are small files left on your computer to aid in quicker access to a Web site upon return.  They contain various information such as preferences for each site.  Some sites, however, gather information from you through the use of cookies.  As annoying as this can be, you need cookies to be able to access secure sites (i.e., bank and credit union sites).  Without cookies enabled, you cannot access secure sites and certain others.  To view a screenshot on cookies acceptance policies, click here.

To clear the cookies, click the Clear button located to the right.

You can also clear specific cookies instead of all of them.  Click the View Cookies button.

 

The Stored Cookies window appears.

This window contains a list of all the cookies stored on your computer.  You can delete them all or select specific cookies to delete.

Click the OK button when finished.

 

Clearing the Cache:

In left-hand column, highlight the Privacy icon.

Privacy:

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

To clear the cache, click the Clear button located to the right.

 

Blocking Pop-up Windows:

In left-hand column, highlight the Site Controls icon.

Site Controls:

Select the Site List tab.

Web Features:

Pop-up windows are small panes (pains) or windows that appear when you go to certain web sites.  Some web sites have five, six, seven, and sometimes more.  Needless to say, this can be extremely annoying.  Netscape 8.0 has a built-in pop-up blocker.

To the right, ensure the box Allow Pop-up Windows is unchecked.  This should block most pop-up windows.

 

Customizing Cookies Acceptance Policies:

In left-hand column, highlight the Site Controls icon.

Site Controls:

Select the Site List tab.

Web Features:

Although limited, you can stipulate how you would like cookies from first party and third party sites handled.  To clarify, a first-party cookie originates on the site you're currently visiting; a third-party cookie originates on the site you're visiting but is sent to a different Web page altogether.  You can also allow or deny cookies altogether.

To disable cookies, uncheck the box Allow cookies.

Important:  If you disable cookies, you will not be able to access secure Web sites.

To disable third-party cookies, select the option From originating site only.

 

Enabling Java, JavaScript & ActiveX:

In left-hand column, highlight the Site Controls icon.

Site Controls:

Select the Site List tab.

Web Features:

Java, JavaScript, and ActiveX 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 these languages enabled.

Select the option Enable JavaScript.
Select the option Enable Java.
Select the option Enable ActiveX.

Click the OK button when finished.

 

Tabbed Browsing:

Tabbed browsing allows you to have one instance of Netscape open but many tabs open within that instance of Netscape.  Each tab can be the Web page of a different site.  In the example below, we have one tab with the Webpage www.netfaqs.com.

On the Toolbar, click File and select New Tab from the menu.

Note:  You can also create a new tab simply by clicking on the NEW TAB tab or by clicking Ctrl+T on your keyboard.

 

A new tab appears in the same Netscape window.

Enter the "Web address" you'd like to visit and click the Go button.

Now you can toggle between tabs and access whichever page you'd like.  You don't need to open several instances of Netscape to access various sites simultaneously.

 

To view more options for tabbed browsing, do the following:

On the Toolbar, click Tools and select Options from the menu.

 

The Options window appears.

In the left-hand column, highlight the Tab Browsing icon.

Tab Browsing:

On this screen, you can stipulate how you would like the tabs to behave.

Experiment and choose the options to your liking.

Click the OK button to close the window.

 

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