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These screen shots and instructions will help you configure Netscape Communicator 4 for use with Pacific Online. If you have any questions or difficulties please contact us or email support@pon.net

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 Netscape, although 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.
Step 1
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 Advanced selection.

Step 2
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 acts strangely when going to sites with Java or Javascript this is the 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.

Step 2
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.

Step 3
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.

Step 4
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.

Step 5
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.

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Last Updated:
03/06/17 11:11 PM

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