These screen shots and instructions will help you configure Netscape
Communicator 4 for use with Pacific Online. If you have any questions or difficulties
us or email email@example.com
Please Note: These screenshots were taken using Netscape
4.5 so your particular version of Netscape may look slightly different but the material
presented here should closely resemble what you will be seeing.
Also, these instructions were made using the Windows version of
they should work fine with the Macintosh versions. As always, you may notice minor visual differences between these
screenshots taken from Windows when compared with what you are seeing
on your Macintosh.
In Netscape go to your Edit menu, then select Preferences. In the
Preferences window on the left-hand side find and double-click on the
These settings are purely up to you in how they are set; we
recommend that you leave them as they are setup in Netscape by
default. However, if you find that your computer crashes or otherwise
area to disable that. Also, if you do not wish to let websites store
cookies on your computer you can change the way Netscape handles
cookies here as well. You can either set Netscape to ask you
each time it receives a cookie or simply to not accept cookies from
any site whatsoever. Please be aware that some websites may not work
properly or may not work at all if you disable cookies.
Under the Advanced section find and click on the Cache selection. We
recommend that you leave these settings as they are by default, but if
you feel comfortable changing them feel free to do so.
The section labeled "Document in cache is compared to
document on network" refers to how many times Netscape should
check the Internet for a new copy of a web page when you visit a web
site. The first setting is probably best all around as it allows
Netscape to check for new versions of a web site but does not check
every time you visit the web page, only the first time you view it
when Netscape is first opened. This will help load times for web pages
but should not give you any problems with locally-stored versions of
web pages. The second option checks the web site for a new version of
the page every time you view the website. This is good if you
regularly go to certain web pages that change their content
frequently; this ensures that you get the latest information but can
slow load times of web pages down a bit. The last option tells
Netscape to never check for new versions of a web site when you visit
it. This option is good in one respect as once you have viewed the web
site once it is stored on the computer and you don't have to load it
again, making load times faster. This option does have a drawback,
however. If you visit websites that change content frequently, you may
not see the latest version of the site and find that you get broken
links and pictures that don't display properly. This option is
probably best not used, but if you feel that you would like to enable
it you will at least know where to go to turn it off.
Click on the Proxies selection under Advanced. This area is
for if you are on a Network and are required to go through a Proxy
server to connect to the Internet. Pacific Online does not use a Proxy
server, nor should you need to use this area unless you specifically
know that your connection to the Internet needs to use a Proxy to get
online. If you do need to setup a Proxy, whomever runs your network or
connection setup will be able to help you set that up, Pacific Online
would not be able to help you with that as it is not something we run.
Click on Disk Space under Advanced. This area basically just
contains personal preferences that you can set to make Netscape work
better for you. If you are unsure what these settings effect leave
them as they are as Netscape's default settings are usually good
enough for most users.
Double-click on the Navigator selection under the Category list.
This is the area you can change what home page you would like to set,
as well as the place to go to clear your History bar and to set how
you would like Netscape to start.
The section labeled "Navigator starts with" is how you can
specify the way Netscape starts; you can have Netscape startup showing
either a blank page (to help Netscape startup faster), or you can have
Netscape startup showing your Start page (defined in the next
section), or you can have Netscape show the last web page you visited.
This is purely up to you, we recommend that you have Netscape start
with your home page so that you can tell just from a glance if you are
online or not.
The next section labeled "Home page" defines what web page
you want to see when Netscape starts up. You can enter any web page
you would like to in this area, it is purely up to you. The "User
Current Page" button will set the home page to what web site you
had displayed when you opened this Preferences area.
The "History" section defines how you would like Netscape to
handle the history of the web pages you visit. If you want Netscape to
clear the History list frequently you can set the "Pages in
history expire after..." number to a smaller amount, or if you
want Netscape to leave things in the History for a longer period of
time simply set the number to a higher amount. If you want to clear
the History now or if you want to immediately clear it in the future
simply click the "Clear History" button.
This help section only covered the main areas of
Netscape's Preferences section as these are the areas that we get the
most questions about. The rest of the preferences pertaining to Mail
are covered in the Netscape Mail settings section, and the other
preferences not covered here or in the Mail section are settings
purely up to you in how they are configured. If you do decide to
change settings not covered by these help sections, please make a copy
of all the settings at their default listings before you make changes
in case you change something you find you do not like but cannot
figure out how to change it back.