Netscape Navigator is the "point-and-click" type of browser. It can do everything that Lynx (see Quick Tips: Lynx) can do and more. However, it will not do everything by itself. Netscape comes with four "helper applications" internally and depends on the user to supply others for extended capabilities. (Remember the Barbie doll and "accessories sold separately"?)
In English, this means that you may get "error messages" when you ask Netscape to do something it is not prepared to do. (For more about error messages see Quick Tips: Netscape Error Messages.)
You will likely go through most of your Web searching just fine with this no-frills setup.
1) follow the links
*The cursor will change from an arrow to a pointing finger to an hourglass as you follow these steps.
*Remember, words in plain type are NOT links
*After you have been to a link, the link changes color (usually from blue to pink), letting you know that you have tried that one already
*You can tell that Netscape is currently doing something on your behalf if you see the "N" in the upper righthand corner is engulfed in meteor showers. When the showers stop, Netscape is "resting", awaiting your next command.
2) or you can click on HOME for your home page and return to your home page from anywhere on the Web with one click of your mouse, no matter how many pages you have viewed since the last time you were there.
3) or you can click on BACK to go "back" to the previous Web page (which you had just linked from.) Depending on where you are, you would click on FORWARD (see next TIP) to go "back" to a Web page.
4) or you can enter your own Web address (URL) (to go to a page not linked from that Web page)
Quite clever. Note that the FORWARD icon is only activated (with its letters in a color other than gray) when you have backed up a page or more.
A dialog box appears, and I type in the address for my home page.
This is how my home page looks in Netscape. (You can click on this link and look at my home page, if you wish.)
Note at the top of the screen (ABOVE the Netscape window itself) that it says:
Click on OPTIONS. Look for "Auto Load Images" in the menu. Netscape starts out with this turned "on". That is, you should see a check mark in front of this phrase.
At home, I have a Macintosh with only a fairly small memory. If I load too many images, I run out of memory quickly and Netscape crashes. So, I clicked on this phrase to make the check mark disappear. This means that instead of automatically loading every graphic, Netscape loads a weird looking icon in its place that looks like this:
[a rectangle with a circle and a triangle inside it]
to let me know that there was a graphic there.
*OR, click on the IMAGES icon at the top of the page and all graphics on that particular Web page will then be loaded.
*It makes Netscape run much more quickly if it does not have to stop and load graphics along the way and it also uses up less memory to temporarily store these graphics.
*Click on "Network Preferences" in the menu. This brings up a page that has what looks like file tabs across the top.
*Click on the one that says "Cache".
*On the Cache page, youUll see "Clear Memory Cache now" and "Clear Disk Cache now".
*I click on both of them, one at a time.
*You will get a message advising you that this will clear out your files but that is what you want it to do so do not worry about it.
*Click on "OK"
*and then "OK"at the bottom of the screen to exit that screen.
I find Web-surfing with the graphics turned off works most of the time. You can leave the auto-loading of images turned on if you do not look at too many pages with graphics or if you periodically "clear your disk caches". Experience will tell.
*When you use the mouse to click on a link, it first says "Wait. Contacting [the host computer as specified in the Web address]."
*Then it says: "Host contacted. Waiting for reply."
*Then it starts loading the page. It will tell you what percent has been received of the total page and how long it estimates it will take for the rest to arrive. (Do not worry about the time estimates - they are usually not correct. That is, it usually takes less time than displayed in that estimate.)
*If if does not start receiving the first part of the page or it does not say "Host contacted. Waiting for reply", it will give you an error message. (See Quick Tips: Netscape Error Messages for discussion of the various error messages.)
*This is an amazing feature. Netscape will say "Transfer interrupted!" but there is no harm done and you do not have to waste your time waiting if you see some other link on the part of the page that HAS loaded that you wish to follow.
*The worst that aborting a page loading (by clicking on a link early) will do is make the screen look funny if, and when, the rest of the page arrives. (If that happens, click on RELOAD and it will sort itself out by completely reloading that Web page.)
*If if seems to be taking too long or if you decide that you made a mistake and do not want to see this page after all, go to the icons at the top of the screen and click on STOP.
*Clicking the STOP icon will not hurt anything. You can then click on the BACK icon, click on a different link, or click on the OPEN icon to type in a new URL, etc. This STOP feature can be a real timesaver at times, too.
*Again, here is where you can take notes on that blank piece of paper and write down interesting URLs (web addresses).
*At any point later, if you decide that you want to return to that page, pull down the Bookmarks menu.
*Your page will be listed.Click on its name and you will be connected to it.
*Be careful in choosing which pages to bookmark. Writing potential bookmarks' URLs down on a piece of paper as you come across them gives you the opportunity to add them either immediately as you find them OR towards the end of a session after you have had a chance to evaluate them against whatever else you find during that session. (There is always the chance that the next Web page could be a site which looks like a better bookmark selection to you.)
You can go back and delete a bookmark which you are not using very much later AND you can re-arrange the order in which your bookmarks are listed. From time to time, reexamine your bookmarks list to see which ones you are in fact using on a regular basis and weed out those which turned out to be ones you use less.
This can be handy if you want to know the path you followed to get you to a particular page. It can also be handy if you realize late in a session that you really did want to bookmark an earlier Web page or that you needed to consult that page quickly once again.
...Case Sensitive...Find Backwards
*Your regular printer dialog box appears. Choose which quality
[Best-Faster-Draft (etc.)] and tell it OK.
*The web page on the screen will completely print out.The ENTIRE web page prints out, NOT just the part you can see.
*OR, you can pull down the menu under FILEat the top of the screen and click on Print. The printer dialog box appears at this point, also.