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Tips For Using Netscape Navigator 3.0

This page includes a number of helpful tips, tricks, and techniques to help you master Netscape Navigator version 3.0, 4.0 and Internet Explorer Versions 3 & 4

Here are 5 ways to return to a previously visited address:

  1. Use the Back button in the Toolbar to move back one address at a time; Right-click anywhere in the viewing area of the screen to bring up a small menu with the Back option;
  2. Use the Go menu option to jump to one of the last 15 addresses visited in the current Navigator session;
  3. Select Window/History from the menu to select from the global history file of visited addresses;
  4. If you have bookmarked the address, use the Bookmarks option to select the address.

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Netscape Communicator 4.0 Tips

Communicator 4.0 is the latest release of the company's suite of Internet products. Here are some helpful tips, tricks, and techniques to help you use Communicator.

Communicator is now FREE!

Netscape is now offering the latest version of Communicator as a free download. To get your copy, go to the Netscape Home Page and follow the directions for downloading.

Speedy Address Fields

Navigator, the Web browser application in the Communicator suite, now supports and AutoFill feature. This means you don't have to bother typing the http://www or the .com parts of a Web address in the address field. Simply type the name, like radiodude for instance, and Navigator automatically fills in the rest of the address for you. (Note: This will only work with addresses ending in .com -- others, such as .net, .edu, .org, will have to be filled in by manually typing the address.)

Address Guess

Navigator will automatically try to complete an Internet address as you type it into the address filed. It does so by checking previously visited sites and matches up letters to what you are typing in the field. If a match is found it fills in the rest of the address for you.

In A Hurry? Turn Off Graphics

Sometimes the Web can be soooo sloooowww. You can speed it up dramatically by turning off graphics in Web pages. That way, only the text is shown and you save the download time getting all the pictures. While using Navigator select Edit, then Preferences. Click Advanced and uncheck the box next to Automatically Load Images.

Select Graphics

If you turned off graphics as in the tip above, you can still view a graphic or picture. Just click its icon and Navigator will fetch the image for you.

Organize Your Bookmarks

As you travel the Web and bookmark the cool places you find, pretty soon you're drowning in bookmarks. You can organize your bookmarks any way you want. For example, you might want to put all your business related sites in a business folder, and all your fun sites in another folder. To create new bookmark folders:

Hide Those Toolbars

The default settings on Navigator makes it display the Navigation, Location, and Personal Toolbars. Recover valuable screen space by hiding those you don't want on the screen. Click on the little down arrow tab on the left edge of the Toolbar you want to hide to turn it off.

Go Directly Back

Clicking the down arrow on Navigator's Location field will display a list of the sites you have recently visited.  Scroll down the list and click on a site to get back to it quickly.

Start With Your Start Page

When Navigator starts it will always take you to the Netscape home page but you can change this to any page YOU want. To change the start page select Edit, then Preferences. Under Category click Navigator. Look for the Location field in the middle of the window. In this field type the URL (address) of the page you wish Navigator to start with every time you launch it.

Start Here

You can make the page you are currently viewing Navigator's start page by clicking Use Current Page in the tip above.

Use Bookmarks For Home

Instead of using someone else's home page as a starting point, why not use your own bookmarks? This way, whenever you start Navigator you can double-click on the page you want to go to right from the start. Here's how to set it up: Navigator now launches with your bookmarks as your new Start Page.

Track Web Sites

Navigator's History file comes in handy if you want to check up on who's been visiting where. (For example, you might want to see what your children have been up to.) To view the History file, click Go, then Window and select History. Right-click on any one and select Go To Page from the drop down menu.

Empty The Cache

Navigator places all the text, graphics, sound files, video files and anything else it finds on a Web page into a folder on your hard disk. This feature, called caching, speeds up the loading of sites when you visit them again. After surfing the Web for a while though, hundreds, or maybe even thousands, of files are deposited on your disk. The result is a heavy drain on your computer's resources and slows down your browser. Clean out the cache every now and then to keep Navigator running at top speed. Here's how:

Personal Sites

The Personal Toolbar feature is a great addition to Navigator. It lets you add Web sites you like for quick, easy access. To add a Web site to your Personal toolbar, first go to the site you want to add. Move your mouse pointer over the area between the Bookmarks and the Location field. There will be a little page icon there and the mouse pointer will change to a hand. Click and hold the left mouse button and drag the icon to the Personal Toolbar and release. A button for the site now appears in the Personal Toolbar.

Change Font Size

If the default page font displayed on the screen is to small to read comfortably, you can increase the size. Select View on the menu bar and choose Increase Font.

Change The Font Type

Some fonts site designers choose for their pages are hard on the eyes. Or, perhaps you just prefer another type face to display your text with. To change the default fonts Navigator uses select Edit from the menu bar, then Preferences. Under Category click Fonts. For Windows 95 users, the default fonts will be Times New Roman and Courier New. Click the down arrow to bring up a list of fonts Navigator can use and scroll to find one you like. Click on a font to change the default and click OK. If you don't like the result just repeat the process until you find what looks best to you.

Search Search Results

You use search engines such as Yahoo!, Webcrawler, or Excite regularly to find documents on the Web. But, after you find the page you can quickly search that too for the word(s) you're looking for by having Navigator search the document. Click Edit in the Menu Bar and select Find In Page. A Find Window will open. Type in the word you're searching for in the filed and click the Find Next button. Navigator will highlight the word on the current page.

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Tips For Using Internet Explorer 3.0

This collection of tips, tricks, and techniques will help you use Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0.

Internet Explorer automatically bookmarks all the sites you have visited recently. To go back to a site: check the Go/Open History Folder, the just double click on the site.

Want to know how old an updated Web page is? Click on the File/Properties and see the date on the "Updated" line.

To resize any of the toolbars that appear in your Internet Explorer 3.0 screen, grab the edge of the toolbar with the mouse and drag up or down until the toolbar is the size you want. To move a toolbar, grab it with the mouse and drag it to its new location.

The "Home" and "Search" buttons on IE point to default locations determined by Microsoft. You can easily change these locations to point to any location you prefer. Click View then Options and select the Navigation tab. Enter the URL's you prefer under the appropriate button title and click the Apply button.

Find a graphic or background on a Web page interesting? You can quickly save it to your hard disk by right-clicking on the item you wish to save, then select Save picture as from the menu.

Waiting - waiting - waiting. If this is you when a page seems to take forever to load, hit the Stop button. or, just hit your Esc key. Then, try the Reload button. It may come up quicker this time.

If you don't want to run Java applets you can turn them off by selecting View, Options, Security, and unchecking the Java box.

It's easy getting lost while you're surfing the Web. Keep your bearings by viewing a new page in a new window. Just press and hold the Shift key when you click on a link. The new page will open in a new window. To return to the previous page, either close the top window or minimize it.

If you find that the type displayed in Explorer's window is hard on your eyeballs simply increase the size by clicking your mouse pointer on the font icon located at the top of the navigation bar. It's the button marked with the "A".

Remembering your favorite sites. Right-click on a blank area of the page you wish to add to your Favorites list then select Add to Favorites from the dialog box.

It's nice to have all your most visited sites in your Favorites menu but now and then you run across a site that you find yourself going back to again and again.Put a shortcut to these right on you Windows desktop. First go to the page and right-click on a blank area on the page. Select Create Shortcut from the menu. The shortcut will be placed on your desktop for easy one-click access.

Most Webmasters recommend that you can learn how a page is built using HTML, or you want to copy a particular design for your own Web page is to view the source. You can do this by clicking on View, then selecting Source, but an easier and quicker way is to right-click on a blank area of the page you wish to view and selecting Source from the open menu.

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Internet Explorer 4.0 Tips & Tricks

Helpful tips, tricks, and techniques for using IE 4.0

Continue An Interrupted Download

Dropouts during a long download can be frustrating. Normally, it means starting over from the beginning. Pick up a download at the point it stopped. Keep the download page in the browser window and re-connect to your ISP. Internet Explorer 4 automatically picks up the download from where it dropped out.

Use this keyboard shortcut to switch to your inbox folder in Outlook Express While working in Microsoft Outlook Express, press CTRL+I to immediately switch to your Inbox.

Create new folder for e-mail

You can quickly create folders to organize your e-mail messages in Outlook Express. For example, you might want a folder for business, friends, relatives, mailing lists, etc. Anyway you want to sort your mail. To create a new folder:
  1. Right-click the folder you want the new folder to appear under, and choose New Folder from the pop-up menu.
  2. In the Create Folder dialog box, type the name of the new folder and click OK.
You now you have a new folder under the main folder you chose. See the next tip to place messages in the new folder.

Drag-n-drop e-mail organization

Organize your e-mail messages after you've read them by placing them in a folder you created. To place a message in its appropriate folder, you can use this quick drag-and-drop method:
  1. Click and drag the message from the Message List to the Folders List.
  2. Position the message over the "+" sign next to Inbox. This will open the list of folders under Inbox.
  3. Drag down to the folder where you want to insert the message and release. The message now appears in the new folder. 

Import messages and address easily

Outlook Express lets you import messages and email addresses from other mail programs. Here's how to do it:
  1. From the File menu, choose Import.
  2. Select either Address Book or Messages.
  3. When the Outlook Express Import wizard appears, follow the instructions to import your previous program's messages and/or address book.

Drag-N-Drop file attachments

With Outlook Express, you can quickly attach a file from your desktop or any folder to an outgoing message. Simply click on the file name into the message area of your e-mail. Outlook Express automatically inserts it as a file attachment.

Toolbar hide and expand

Internet Explorer 4.0 lets you hide or expand the toolbars by double-clicking in the gray area outside the actual toolbar buttons. (The best way is to double-click right around the title of the toolbar.)

Revisit Web sites in order

If you click the small arrow next to the Back button on the Internet Explorer taskbar, you get a drop-down list containing the titles of the 6 previous sites you visited. Click the arrow on the right end of the Address toolbar and you'll get a drop-down list of the previous 15 Web sites by address.

Save or print links

You can save or print the information from linked Web pages without displaying the page on your screen by  right-clicking on the link. Choose either Print Target to print the information or Save Target As to save the link's contents to your hard disk.

Share pages with a friend

Internet Explorer makes it easy to send Web pages using Outlook Express. Follow these steps while visiting a Web site you wish to e-mail to someone:

  1. From the File menu, choose Send.
  2. Choose either Page By Email or Link By Email.
Both operations will launch the Compose Message dialog box in Outlook Express. Page By Email places the Web page contents as your message. There is room at the top of the message area for a short typed message from you. (No more than one line or it flows into the graphics of the Web page.) Link By Email places the URL for the page in your message area and a shortcut to the Web page as an attachment.

Online email alert

Outlook Express provides a simple procedure for letting you know you have mail when you're connected to your ISP. Follow these steps:

  1. From the Tools menu, choose Options.
  2. Click the General tab, and select Check for new messages every [blank] minutes.
  3. Fill in the blank with the time interval that works best for you.
  4. Click OK.
Outlook Express will now alert you at the selected interval with a beep then display updated information that includes whether you have newmessages.

Never lose an interesting site

If you remember visiting a site a week or two ago that you forgot to add to your Favorites list, you can still find it. The History folder in Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 keeps a list of all the sites that you visited for any number of days you want. To set the number of days:

  1. Click View and then Internet Options.
  2. On the General tab, select History and Days to Keep Pages in History.
  3. Enter any number of days from 1 to 999.
To access the History folder, click the History button on the Internet Explorer toolbar. A day-by-day list will appear on the left side of the screen.

Create quicklinks

The QuickLink buttons on the Links toolbar in IE4.0 allow you to access your favorite sites with one click. Add a new QuickLink button by dragging any hyperlink from a Web page or other source onto the Links toolbar. You can add a button to the end of the row or between two existing buttons on the toolbar. When the arrow on the object you're dragging points to a vertical line on the toolbar, you can drop the new button into place. To remove a QuickLink button, right-click it and choose Delete from the pop-up menu.

Browse your quicklinks

Only a few QuickLink buttons will fit on the Links toolbar so that they show on screen, but you can add more and browse through them by clicking the scroll arrow buttons at each end of the toolbar.

Choose a new icon for a QuickLink button You can easily change the icon for any QuickLink button to make it more meaningful to you or just to brighten up the Links toolbar

  1. Right-click the QuickLink button you want to change and choose Properties in the pop-up menu.
  2. Click the Internet Shortcut tab and click the Change Icon button.
  3. Select one of the icons offered in the open window, or click the Browse button to search for more icon choices from other sources.
  4. After you've selected the icon you want, click the OK button in the Change Icon window and then click OK on the Properties sheet. Your new QuickLink icon should appear on the Links toolbar.
Find Sites With Autocomplete

Whenever you begin typing a URL in the IE4 address box, it tries to find a recently visited page that matches what you are typing. If IE finds a match it automatically fills in the rest of the address for you.

Full Screen Pages

IE4's toolbar adds a new button that lets you view more of a Web page on your screen. Simple click the Fullscreen button to have IE fill your whole screen without the interface framing the page's content. Click the Fullscreen button again to return to the normal view.

Increase Your Cache

If you subscribe to lots of sites and channels, especially those with storage-hogging graphics, sounds, ActiveX Controls, and multimedia files -- you might benefit from increasing your cache. Select View, Internet Options. In the dialog box select the General tab and click the settings button under Temporary Internet Files. In the Settings dialog box, drag the slider to set the amount of disk space. As a general rule, you can set the amount of disk space reserved for your cache between 1 and 4 percent of your total hard disk capacity.

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