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Web Browser Configuration
Optimizing your cache, maximizing screen real
estate, and maintaining a history file should
improve browsing performance and usability for most
- Using a cache. You can specify how much of your local
hard disk to put aside to temporarily store the web pages you visit. As described
the previous pages, if you visit a site more than once in the same session,
the page can be retrieved quickly from your local drive instead of over the Internet.
In general you can set aside as much disk space as you wish, although a rule
of thumb is no more than 10 MB is needed and no more than 10% of your
available space should be spared.
Explorer: Tools / Internet Options
/ Temporary Internet
files / Settings
Firefox: Tools / Options / Privacy / Cache
You can also clear your cache to ensure that every page you
visit will be loaded fresh across the network. If you are having trouble
a page this sometimes helps ensure you get a clean reload.
- Optimize toolbars. The following configurations help maximize your
Explorer: View / Toolbars
- Turn on only "Standard Buttons" and Address Bar"
View / Status Bar
- Turn on
View / Explorer Bar
- Turn off all options.
Right-click on top File / Edit bar, select Customize, then Show: Icons.
- Maintain history file. You should set a maximum amount of
time for keeping pages in your history file, which also records the links
so that they can then be set in a darker colour. If you set links in your history
file to be deleted after a certain number of days, then you will have no way
of knowing if you've already visited them, and may click on them again
Explorer: Tools / Internet Options / General / History
- Set "Days to keep pages in history" to maximum, generally
Firefox: Tools / Options / Privacy / History
- Set "Remember visited pages for the last ... days" to 987654321.
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