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General Browsing Tips

Feeling Insecure?

If you're running Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 or 3.01 for Windows 95 or NT 4.0, you can download a fix for the security breach. If you're running Internet Explorer 2.0, you need to update to Internet Explorer 3.01 before applying the fix. For more details, visit the Internet Explorer security update page at http://www.microsoft.com/ie/security/update.htm.

Resize Your Toolbars

To resize Internet Explorer 3.0's toolbars, drag the bottom edge of the toolbars up or down until the toolbars are the size you want. As you resize a toolbar, you may notice the location of the toolbar changes. To return it to its original location, just return the toolbar to its original size.

Tooling with Toolbars

To add or remove a toolbar in Internet Explorer 3.0, select View/Options, check or uncheck the appro-priate boxes to add or remove it, and then click on OK. The following toolbars and toolbar options are available: Standard Buttons contains the Back, Forward, Stop, Refresh, Home, Search, Favorites, Print and Font buttons; Address Bar displays the Internet address of the current Web page; Links contains links to commonly used Web sites; Text Labels displays the names of the buttons in each toolbar; and Background Bitmap displays background graphics for all toolbars.

You Can Get There From Here

If you can't browse the Web using Internet Explorer after connecting to America Online (AOL), you may be running AOL 3.0 for Windows instead of AOL 3.0 for Windows 95. To check, click on About AOL on AOL's Help menu. AOL 3.0 for Windows uses a 16-bit version of the WINSOCK.DLL file, and the 32-bit Internet Explorer 3.0 doesn't run with it. AOL 3.0 for Windows 95 also uses a 16-bit version of the file, but it installs an AOL adapter in Network Properties that acts as a wrapper for the file and allows 32-bit browsers to work.

Save the Images

If you'd like to save a Web page with both the text and the images from within Netscape Navigator, you have three options: 1. If you have Netscape Navigator Gold, click on the Edit button to save HTML as well as graphics. 2. Save the HTML file and then save all the images separately. To save GIF and JPEG images to disk, right-click on the image. From the pop-up box, select "Save this image as." You can then enter the path where you want to save the image. 3. Use a third-party utility to save an entire Web page or even a Web site (try http://www.ffg.com, http://www.evolve.co.uk/unmozify or http://www.talentcom.com).

Restore Your Ratings

When you run Internet Explorer, you may receive an error message stating that Content Advisor configuration information is missing. When you click on OK, Internet Explorer can no longer access the Internet. This occurs when the ratings system has been enabled and the RATINGS.POL file is missing or damaged. To create a new RATINGS.POL file, close Internet Explorer. If a RATINGS.POL file exists in the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM folder, rename it to RATINGS.OLD. (Note: You must be able to view hidden files to view the RATINGS.POL file. To do so, click on View/Options from My Computer or Windows Explorer, click on Show All Files and then click on OK.) Next, start Internet Explorer and click on View/Options. Click on the Security tab, and then on the Settings button in the Content Advisor area. Type in the Supervisor password and click on OK. Select the Ratings options that meet your needs and click on OK. When you restart Internet Explorer, the changes take effect.

Clear the Deck!

In Netscape Navigator, the 10 most recent URLs you typed into the Location: field are stored so you can later click on the arrow at the right and select them from a list. If you want to clear this list, first close Navigator. (Note: This tip involves editing the Registry, which can potentially harm your system if you edit or delete the wrong entries. Make sure you have current backups of your system before you try this.) In Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0, run REGEDIT.EXE and double-click on HKEY_CURRENT_USER. Drill down to Software/Netscape/Netscape Navigator/URL History. For each entry listed under URL History, leave the Name field alone but clear out the Data field. When you're done, close the Registry Editor and start Netscape Navigator up again.

Keep Them In the Dark

To send a group message in Netscape Navigator so that recipients can't see one another's addresses or names, list their addresses in the Blind Cc: field. To display this field for use, enable it from the View menu in the Message Composition field. (Note: There must be at least one valid e-mail address in the To: field. You can put your own address there.)

Have a Cookie

Netscape's PowerStart feature lets you set up your own personal page of bookmarks and then store the settings in a cookie file (http://personal.netscape.com/custom/index.html). You can choose from a number of categories and sites or select your own. You can also display news and even include a stock ticker. Using cookie technology and JavaScript, Navigator will recall your settings whenever you revisit the page.

Bare-Bones Browsing

To improve browsing performance in Internet Explorer 3.0, you can prevent pictures, sounds, videos and other multimedia files from appearing or being played automatically when you access Web pages. To do so, select View/Options and then the General tab. Click on one or more of the following check boxes in the Multimedia area to clear them: Show Pictures, Play Sounds and Play Videos. Next, click on the Security tab and clear the following check boxes: "Allow downloading of active content," "Enable ActiveX controls and plug-ins," "Run ActiveX scripts" and "Enable Java programs." Now click on OK.

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