Netscape 7.2 for Windows

Posted by Jenny | 2:01 PM

Home Page


The home page is the web page that appears in the Netscape browser window when you first open Netscape and when you click the Home button located near the top of the Netscape window. You can set the home page to any web page you like. To set your home page to the main University of Virginia home page, while in Netscape, click Edit, Preferences; a Preferences window appears. In the Preferences window, select Navigator from the Category list, and under the Home Page section, enter into the Location: field the web page address http://www.virginia.edu, and click OK.

Bookmarks

Bookmarks refers to Web sites you want to remember. In the process of exploring the Web, you will undoubtedly come upon Web sites that you'd like to revisit. You could carefully write down the site information in the URL field at the top of the Netscape window and manually reenter it the next time you wish to visit that site, OR you could use the menu command Bookmark This Page, which is found under the Bookmarks menu, to save this site information in your own personal "Bookmark list".

Using this option, the next time you want to visit one of your favorite Web sites, you can use the mouse to select that site from the Bookmarks menu and Netscape will automatically make that connection.

Netscape Add-ons

Posted by Jenny | 7:09 AM

Add-ons are small programs that you can install to make changes to your browser. There are four basic types of add-ons: Extensions, Themes, Dictionaries, and Search Engines.

Extensions
Extensions change the way your browser behaves. You can find extensions that do anything from display a weather forecast in your statusbar to scroll your Live Bookmarks across the screen.

Themes
A theme is an add-on for Navigator which can change the look and feel of the entire browser. Themes range from plain and simple to flashy and far-out.

Plugins
Plugins are small programs that help Navigator perform specific functions like playing multimedia files or viewing special graphic formats.

Dictionaries
Navigator's spellcheck feature can use any language for which you have a dictionary installed. Navigator uses the same dictionary format as Mozilla Firefox; you can install dozens of these dictionaries at the Mozilla Add-ons dictionary page.

Search Engines
You can install many different search engines to use in Navigator's built-in search bar. Since Navigator uses the same search engine format as Firefox, you can install any of the search engines listed on Mozilla Firefox's Search Engine page.
The largest repository for browser add-ons is addons.mozilla.org. Most of the add-ons hosted there were built for official Mozilla® products, but because Netscape Navigator 9 is based on the latest Mozilla technologies, the add-ons should work with Netscape Navigator as well. (If an extension or theme is compatible with Firefox® 2, you will be able to install it in Navigator 9. Note that some Firefox themes may not fully support all of Navigator's features.)
Netscape.com extensions are available for Firefox 2. Add your favorite Netscape extension to Firefox today!

Posted by Jenny | 8:28 AM

There are numerous ways to configure Netscape to conform to your specific requirements. Five of these options are important for UVa users:

  • Home Page
  • Bookmarks
  • Netscape News and Mail
  • Directory Services
  • Proxy Server

Home Page

The home page is the web page that appears in the Netscape browser window when you first open Netscape and when you click the Home button located near the top of the Netscape window. You can set the home page to any web page you like. To set your home page to the main University of Virginia home page, while in Netscape, click Edit, Preferences; a Preferences window appears. In the Preferences window, select Navigator from the Category list, and under the Home Page section, enter into the Location: field the web page address http://www.virginia.edu, and click OK.

Bookmarks

Bookmarks refers to Web sites you want to remember. In the process of exploring the Web, you will undoubtedly come upon Web sites that you'd like to revisit. You could carefully write down the site information in the URL field at the top of the Netscape window and manually reenter it the next time you wish to visit that site, OR you could use the menu command Bookmark This Page, which is found under the Bookmarks menu, to save this site information in your own personal "Bookmark list".

Using this option, the next time you want to visit one of your favorite Web sites, you can use the mouse to select that site from the Bookmarks menu and Netscape will automatically make that connection.

Configuring Netscape Mail

Netscape gives you the option of sending and receiving mail, reading news and posting to newsgroups. Netscape is not one of ITC's recommended mail clients, so the directions below how to configure Netscape for sending mail from Web page "mailto" links, and for reading news and posting to newsgroups. ITC's recommended mail client is Mulberry.

The very first time you launch Mail, such as when you click on a "Mailto:" link to send mail from within a Web page (for example mstk3k@virginia.edu), if you have not already set up an account, Mail displays the Account Wizard so you can create an account.

New Account setup wizard window with ISP or email provider selected

Later, you can add additional mail and newsgroups accounts from the File menu of the Mail window by choosing New, then Account.

File menu with New and Account selected.

You can also go to the Window menu and select Mail and Newsgroups.

Below is a summary of the Account wizard setup information. This is only an example. You must use the setting information for your own account.


Account Wizard mail account summary window.

Filtering with Netscape Mail

If you do use Netscape Mail to read mail on a regular basis, you may want to filter certain types of messages to a location other than your inbox (for example, unwanted "spam" types of messages).

1. Go to the Tools menu and select Message Filters.

2. In the Message Filters window, if you have multiple mail accounts, choose the one to which you want to apply the filter, then click New.

3. In the Filter Rules window, type a name for the filter, then specify the types of messages to act on, and the action you want the filter to perform.

5. Select the matching option you want Mail to use: "all of the following conditions" (criteria) you choose, or "at least one" of the conditions.

6. Use the drop-down lists to choose the search criteria (for example, "Subject," "Sender," "contains," "doesn't contain") and then type the text or phrase you want to match.

7. To restrict your filter to messages that only match a certain priority, choose an option for priority from the drop-down list.

8. Click More to add criteria and Fewer to remove them.

9. Use the drop-down list to choose the action you want the filter to perform on the messages (for example, Move to Folder).

10. Choose a destination folder in which to store the messages, or create a new folder.

11. Click OK to confirm your settings.

Configuring Netscape News

1. Go to the Window menu and select Mail & Newsgroups.

2. Go to the File menu and select New and then Account.

3. The New Account Wizard will open. Select Newsgroup accounts and click Next.

4. Enter your account identity information (the same as for your mail account) in the next wizard screen, then click Next.

5. Enter news.virginia.edu in the Newsgroup Server field and click Next.

6. Enter a convenient name for the new account and click Next.

7. Click Finish in the Account Summary page, or click Back to correct any mistakes.

Proxy Server

Instructions on configuring Netscape 6.2 and above for proxy are available on ITC's Netscape 6.2 and above Proxy Server configuration page. Please visit that page for account and configuration information.

Posted by Jenny | 2:49 PM

Setting up Email in Netscape Communicator

1. To set up Netscape Communicator for an email address, click on Edit at the top of the screen and choose Preferences. You will now get a Preferences window. Click the + beside Mail & Groups.

2. Now choose Identity. Type in your name under name, the email address you want to set up under email address, and any of the other options you may want.

3. Next click on Mail Server. For user name, you should usually use the first part of your email address (ie. John_S@ISP.com would probably have a user name of John_S).

4. The next step is to set the outgoing and incoming mail servers. These are usually the same, but not always. Common server names are mail.domain.com. The geocities mail server is mail.geocities.com.

5. Finally, click OK and your email is setup. More advanced options can be chosen, but these basic settings will work fine.

The following features are new and unique to Netscape Navigator 9.

Visual Refresh

Netscape Navigator 9's theme has been updated to save screen-space and leave more room for the websites you visit.

URL Correction

Navigator 9 will automatically correct common typos in URLs. For example, if you accidentally type googlecom, Navigator will fix it be to google.com. The browser will watch for nearly 30 different types of common mistakes and correct them for you (asking you to confirm, if you choose to enable confirmation).

Link Pad

The Link Pad is a new sidebar feature that allows you to save links/URLs that you want to visit later without cluttering your bookmarks. Just drag a link over the Link Pad status bar icon and drop it to save it in the Link Pad. By default, clicking on an item in the Link Pad will open it in the browser and remove it from the list, saving you the step of deleting it.

Extension Compatibility

Navigator 9 shares an architecture with the latest Mozilla technologies; as such, Navigator 9 will let you install extensions that are compatible with Firefox ® 2.

Sidebar Mini Browser

You've always been able to have bookmarks open in the sidebar, but we've improved this functionality and extended it to all links, not just bookmarks. Additionally, we've added a navigation toolbar to the sidebar for even easier split-screened browsing. Just right-click on a link and select "Open Link in Sidebar" to get started!

Restart Navigator

A small but oft-requested feature: you can now restart Navigator (and keep your current tabs intact) by selecting "Restart Navigator" from the File menu.

Resizeable Textarea

Drag the bottom-right corners of text fields in forms to add more typing space.

Tab History

Opening a link in a new tab will give the new tab the same history as the source tab for a more seamless tabbed browsing experience.

OPML Support

Netscape Navigator supports importing and exporting your bookmarks in OPML, a popular format for sharing lists of newsfeeds.

Throbber

By popular demand, the Netscape 7-style throbber is back. Click on it any time to visit Netscape.com.

Combined Stop/Reload button

To save space in your toolbar, we've combined the stop and reload buttons. Because you never need both at the same time, the toolbar will only show the relevant half of the pair.