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Web Browser Configuration
You should optimize your fonts, ensure the URL is always displayed,
set your favorite home page, and reload pages only once a session, all basic
web browser configurations recommended for most surfers:
- Fonts. Set the fonts large enough to be seen
easily, generally at least point size 12. There are often two settings, one
for normal text,
and one for old-fashioned typewriter type text that needs each character
to take the same amount of space.
Set the normal text -- perhaps called "Web page font", "Proportional", or "Variable width
font" -- to a modern font
like "Arial" or "Times New Roman". Set the typewriter style
text -- perhaps called "Plain text font", "Fixed width font",
or "Monospace" -- to "Courier
New" or if not available then plain "Courier".
Tools / Internet Options / General / Fonts
Firefox: Tools / Options / General / Fonts & Colors.
- URL display. Set the browser to display
the site's URL in the top border, so
always see the full address of any page you visit.
View / Toolbars / Address Bar
Right-click on File / Edit bar at the top of window, select "Navigation Toolbar".
- Set home
page. Set your home page to the Internet site you wish displayed when your
browser starts. You can set your home page to your own home page, a search engine
or a favorite subject page like a sports or gardening site. If you want your
first page to start quickly, you should specify a simple page with fewer graphics,
no page at all.
Explorer: Tools / Internet
Options / General / Home page
Firefox: Tools / Options / General / Home page
- Page reloading. Set your browser to use a copy of a web page in your
computer's cache if it is not
older than the maximum age specified by the server. Typically a browser will
use a cached page throughout one browser session, unless the page is marked
with HTML that specifies it be reloaded with some other frequency,
such as every time, after one hour, after 24 hours, etc. This can speed up
it saves the time of reloading the page when it hasn't changed.
Explorer: Tools / Internet Options / General / Temporary Internet
Files / Settings / Every time you start Internet Explorer
Firefox: Automatic setting.
Also see optional browser configurations.