Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / ME:
Go to your Start Menu, then select Settings,
then click on Control Panel. In Control Panel find and double-click on
either Internet or Internet Options.
On Macintosh, all OS'es
Open Internet Explorer as you normally would. Go to your Edit
menu, then select Preferences. If you do not have a Preferences menu
under Edit, check the other menus for Settings, Configuration,
The first box labeled "Home Page" is where you can enter a
new starting page. The URL you enter here will be what web page you
see when you first startup Internet Explorer.
Instead of manually entering a certain web page into the box, you can
use one of the three buttons below the box to let Internet Explorer
help you to assign a new startup page. If you wish to use the page you
are currently viewing, click the "Use Current" button. If
you wish to use the page Microsoft has assigned in Internet Explorer
click the "Use Default" button. If you wish to use a
completely blank page click the "Use Blank" button.
This is a completely optional area of the Internet Explorer settings
area and should be left the way it is setup by default. However, if
you wish to "tweak" your Internet Explorer settings feel
free to explore what you can enable and disable with your browser. If
you find that you have turned something on or off that you did not
want to, just come back into this area and click the "Default
Level" button to restore these settings back to their defaults.
Most likely if you are using Internet Explorer 5 you
should not see this tab; but regardless what version of Internet
Explorer you have if you have this tab we recommend leaving these
settings the way they are set by default.
This tab, for the most part, should be left the way it comes. We do
recommend that you do not turn on the Content Advisor as if you
forget your password it is extremely difficult to turn the
Content Advisor back off.
The rest of the information in here is purely optional and is not
required to access web pages through Pacific Online.
If you have multiple icons under the "Dial-up settings" box
make sure to select Pacific Online and click the "Set
Default" button to ensure that you are connecting to Pacific
If you want Pacific Online to automatically dial and connect to the
Internet when you open Internet Explorer click on the dot next to
"Dial whenever a network connection is not present". If you
find that your computer is randomly dialing to the Internet click the
dot next to "Never dial a connection". However if you have
to set this option you will need to make sure you double-click your
Pacific Online icon to get online before you open Internet
The rest of the options in this area are best left as their defaults.
Click on the "HTML editor" box and select what HTML editor
program you wish to use. If you have Web Page editing programs such as
Microsoft FrontPage these programs will appear in the list. If you do
not see what program you would like to use you will need to select
Click on the "E-mail" box and select the email program you
are using. This could be anything from Eudora to Internet Mail to
Outlook. If you installed our Pacific Online software from our CD you
should select Outlook Express (unless you specifically want to use
another email program). If you are not using Pacific Online's email
services or if you use our Internet Mail web page leave this box
If you use newsgroups and wish to assign a program to read the
newsgroups, click on the "Newsgroups" box and select the
program you wish to use. This is purely optional and not needed for
The boxes for "Internet call", "Calendar", and
"Contact list" are purely optional and are not needed for
Pacific Online. However if you do use programs related to these
options you can click on the corresponding boxes and select the
program you wish to use for these programs.
Finally, if you found that you changed these settings and want to set
them back to their original state, click the "Reset Web
All of the settings in these categories are purely user preference.
However, we do recommend that under the Security section you check on
"Use Fortezza", "Use PCT 1.0", "Use SSL
2.0", "Use SSL 3.0", and "Use TLS 1.0". These
are types of security measures used my Internet Explorer to send and
receive data to and from secure web sites, like online banking sites
When you are done with the settings of Internet Explorer or
wish to leave this area you can hit OK at any time to save what you
have changed and exit out of the preferences area. If you wish to
discard all the changes you have made click the Cancel button.
If you find that you changed something that in the future you did not
want to change for whatever reason you can re-run through these
instructions whenever you want.
If you have any questions or problems with these instructions or
anything related to them, feel free to contact
us here at Pacific Online.