Navigator - More than one Browser
window can be open at the same time. Go to the File menu
and select New Web Browser. This is usually the first
submenu item available under File. While writing this web
page I opened sixteen windows, each one a different URL.
If you are on a page you want to make sure
you can get back to easily, open a new window and leave the
first window untouched.
Open two windows, resize each one so that
it covers half of the display and see two windows
Undo a Mac mistake - On an IBM, closing the
only open window in an application will Exit the application.
On a Macintosh only the window is closed, the application is
still running. If you have closed your Netscape browser window
the menu bar is still in place and the tiny Netscape icon is
still in the top right of the screen. Go to the File
menu and open a New Browser; you are back in
Blank Page - Communicator has built in
web page development software named Composer. This menu opens a
blank page so you can create a web page.
Create a WebQuest for your students. Save
the Quest on your hard drive and have students open it with
the Open Page command
Create a blank page. Save it. Then use it
as a new bookmarks file. More information on how to do this is
included in the Managing
Page - Select this option and and Open
Page window appears. Type the URL of a web page into the box and
click open or hit the Return/Enter key to go directly to the web
site. You may also select this option to open a document created
in HTML format. This option may also be used to open a text only
document, or an image such as a gif or jpeg
This window is easier to type into that the
location block, and highlighting is not required. Just type the
URL in the empty window and click Open.
Simplicity! I just opened this window,
typed only the three characters cnn and went to
http://www.cnn.com/. This works for any of the .com sites.
Caution! The White House site is a .gov site and this shortcut
works best for .com sites
Create a WebQuest using a web page editor
such as Claris HomePage and save it to a disk. Open the web
page from your disk or file/directory which is on your
Open a document created in Simple Text
(Macintosh) or Notepad (IBM). This option will also open a Word
or Works document if it is saved as Text. Normal Word/Works
documents have some built in formatting which prevents them
from being viewed by the browser.
Bookmarks can be saved as an HTML file. Go
to the Window menu, open the Bookmark window, select Save As
from the File menu and save the file on the desktop. View this
document by selecting Open File from the File menu. Bookmarks
are links all on one web page.
Page - A web page can be sent by Email
using this command. Wait until the page has completely loaded (the
meteors stop flying around the big N in the Netscape logo) before
trying to send the page. The mail document will open but the page
will not be attached until it has completely loaded. If the
computer you are using is not set up for Email, this option will
not be available.
You are sitting in a workshop and find a
great web page that you want to get back to at home. Don't whip
out your pencil and copy the URL. Send a copy of the page to
While searching for a classroom resource
you accidentally discover a page that would be perfect for a
project a colleague is working on. Once again, do not write the
URL on paper, send a copy by Email.
Setup - Choose this menu option to
prepare a page for printing. Never give a printed copy of a web
page to someone without the URL printed on the page. This menu
item is where you instruct the printer to include the document
title and document location.
Display the URL so you, or someone else,
can get back to the page.
Indicate the size of the page on the
printed sheet. The default is 100%. This setting will cause
some lines to bleed off the edge of the printed page. Start
trying 95% and work down until the entire web page fits on the
- Highlight text and use this menu item to copy the selection for
pasting into another document, or into Netscape's location box .
This is for text only, not images. Images are copied a different
To make sure you have the exact wording,
copy text which is to be pasted into a word processor document,
or a presentation slide.
Highlight the URL in Netscape's location
block to paste into an Email message, or the link editor of a
web page document.
in Page - This is not a substitute for
a search engine. This menu item will search for a specific word on
the current page that you are viewing, and only on that
You have performed a search using Infoseek
or some other search engine. Perhaps you were looking for
"Southern kudzu recipes." A page sounds interesting, so you
follow the link by clicking on the blue title. Now where is the
reference to kudzu? Select Find. Type the word in the
Find window and click Find. The first occurrence of the
word on the page will be highlighted. You can continue to
select Find and search for other occurrences of kudzu,
or whatever word you were looking for.
Internet - This can be a replacement
for a search engine, or rather a quick link to several search
If you do not know the URL of a search
engine, select this menu choice to go to a listing of search
possibilities on Netscape's search page.
- This can be a replacement for a search engine, or rather a quick
link to several search engines
Change the font size on a document you wish
to print from the Internet
Set the home page for your
Set, or change, Email configuration
- This choice sends a request back to the server where a page is
sitting and asks for another copy of the web page.
Refresh live data. Some pages will
automatically refresh the page displayed on your screen. If the
one you are viewing does not, selecting Reload will get
a copy of the most recent data available on the page.
Go to the source page, not your cache. Each
time you visit a web site it is stored in a file on your
computer called the cache (secret hiding place). The next time
you ask Netscape to visit the page your cache is checked first.
If the page is found there, that is where it is displayed from.
To get the most recent copy of the page, select the
A page did not finish downloading, and some
images are missing. Select the Reload option to make
another try at downloading the images.
Source/Document Source - This choice
sends a request to the server where a page is sitting and asks for
a copy of the HTML document used to display the web
Find out how some things were done on a
page you are viewing, and copy what was done. For example I saw
a page which looked like an image was placed in a table with a
very wide border:
I selected Page Source from the
View menu and got the following:
Line 11 of the document shows the name
of the image, but does not indicate a table. Therefore the
frame is part of the image, not a table around the image.
Another bit of useful information can be
found in this document. The background can not be copied on a
Macintosh. Using an IBM computer you simply right-click on the
background and save a copy of the image. However, from the
fifth line of the page source I know that the image is named
The page URL is
The name of the image is not preceded by
images/, therefore it is in the same folder as the .html
Replacing the document name with the
image name and hitting return will download a copy of the
image which can be saved to the computer. An example of that
URL would be:
Finally, using the page source from another
page I ran across on the Internet, I have included a link which
allows a user to get out of a frame
The instruction for how to write this link
is found in the last 3 lines of the instructional.html page
source image above. Once again, if you find something done
well, check the page source to see how you can do it
- There are Toolbar buttons to perform each of these tasks. If you
prefer to use menus rather than buttons, the Go menu is
where these commands are stored.
Use the menu one or two times to find out
the keyboard combinations that will allow you to bypass the
Toolbar buttons. Those combinations on a Macintosh
List - This is a chronological list of
the sites you have visited using the current web browser window.
The entry on top is the most recent
Rather than clicking Back-Back-Back and
waiting for each page to start to download, go to the Go
menu and select a page on the list to return to
This technique can be a real time
saver. However, some pages embed instructions to open a new
browser window when a link is selected. In this case the
Go menu will show only the current page.
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