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How to View & Organize your bookmarkseating.GIF - 7.5 K

Bookmarks allow you to go directly to pages that you have identified as useful. Organizing your bookmarks into categories make them easier to find. There are different ways of doing this depending on the version of Netscape you are using. Note, these instructions have been based on using a P.C. but the Apple versions of Netscape are very similar.

If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer Bookmarks are called FAVORITES.

 

Netscape, Version 3.0

     
  1. Firstly Click on the BOOKMARKS button while you are in Netscape.
  2. Click on GO TO BOOKMARKS and the following screen will come up:

  3. Click on Item and another menu will come up, click on the PROPERTIES option. A screen like the following will come up.

  4. Type in the name you would like to give to each category of bookmarks like we have done here and click OK.
  5. Once you have named your headers you can then drag and drop each bookmark into the the header by clicking on the bookmark with your left mouse button, holding it down and dragging it to the header and dropping it on the header.

Now when you click on the Bookmark options your header names will come up and when you then click on the header name, all the bookmarks you have filed under them will come up as a sub menu for you to click on and go back to. Just how it looks above.

Happy sorting

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SPOT'S WEB HINT Number 5

 
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Cache, Clearing your Cache and Reloading

Ever been told to clear your cache?, No, they weren't telling you to hand over your money, they were referring to a temporary directory which stores information about a page on your computer.

Each time you access web page, your browser stores it in memory (caches it). This saves you time, because if it is a page you access frequently, your browser shows you the cached copy of a page rather than the getting a new copy from the server. One of the problems with this, is that you can miss updates that have been made to pages, particularly on a site like SOFWeb that updates frequently.

After a while this temporary directory gets very full and the following problems may occur.

It May take longer to load pages
You may be loading old versions of regularly updated pages (stale pages)
You may have a need to free up space
It can also cause instability with Netscape and cause the program to shut down.
 

Here is how you clear your cache

Firstly click on the Options menu and then the Network Preferences submenu, click on Cache in the Window and the following screen will come up.






Click on the button Clear Memory Cache Now and then click on the button Clear Disk Cache Now.

Warning: it may take a few minutes if you have never done this before.

If you want to make sure that you are viewing the latest version of a web page, simply click on the browser button at the top of your screen called either REFRESH or RELOAD (depending on which browser you are using), and the page will reload in the latest version.

In Microsoft Internet Explorer the process is slightly different, you choose VIEW from your top menu bar then move to OPTIONS click on the ADVANCED tab. There you will see a section entitled Temporary Internet folder in this section is a button called Settings if you click this button it will bring you to a screen where you can click Empty Folder to clear your cache.

That's it! Now you're all ready to get back to surfing.

Good Luck.

SPOT'S WEB HINT Number 6

peeding Up Loading Images

Do you ever get bored waiting for images to load up as your trying to do a quick surf looking for something specific. Netscape's standard settings will automatic load images, but you can turn this option off by clicking on Options and then click on Auto Load Images. When you have this menu item unchecked the images do not automatically load, instead icons are put in their place which take a fraction of the time to load the page up. All you need to do if you decide you want to view these images is click on the Images button. .

Also, If you have a fast network you have the option to not display images incrementally but you may select for the images to be loaded in a single burst after the transmission. If you are using a fast network loading images is significantly faster this way. To set this option choose Options then General Preferences and Images. Now click on the After Loading radio button like below.

Happy Surfing

 

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Last Updated: Thursday, January 4, 2001

 

 

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