Menu items
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  1. File
  2. Send Mail/Post News (File/Mail Document dialog)
  3. Document Information (File/Document Information dialog)
  4. Edit
  5. View
  6. Go
  8. View Bookmarks (Bookmarks dialog)
  9. Options
  10. Window Styles (Options/Preferences panel)
  11. Link Styles (Options/Preferences panel)
  12. Fonts (Options/Preferences panel)
  13. Colors (Options/Preferences panel)
  14. Mail (Options/Preferences panel)
  15. News (Options/Preferences panel)
  16. Cache (Options/Preferences panel)
  17. Network (Options/Preferences panel)
  18. Applications (Options/Preferences panel)
  19. Directories (Options/Preferences panel)
  20. Images (Options/Preferences panel)
  21. Security (Options/Preferences panel)
  22. Proxies (Options/Preferences panel)
  23. Helper Applications (Options/Preferences panel)
  24. Directory
  25. Help
  26. Pop-up Menu


Send Mail/ Post News (File/Mail Document dialog)

This dialog box is produced by choosing the File/Mail Document menu item. The dialog may also be produced by clicking on a link or button designed to initiate e-mail, and is the same dialog used to post articles to newsgroups.

Fields in the dialog work as follows:

Buttons in the dialog work as follows:

Document Information (File/Document Information dialog)

This dialog identifies elements of a document that help you establish the document's authenticity and other security characteristics. In the upper portion of the dialog, the document's title, location, modification date, and encoding information are presented. The lower portion of the dialog consists of a panel detailing the particulars of a document's security status.

To interpret the security status of a document, you should verify that the information you see in the dialog box:

If a document is insecure, the security information panel notifies you that encryption is not used and there is no server certificate. If a document is secure, the security information panel notifies you of the encryption's grade, export control, key size, and algorithm type, and, in a scrolling field, the server certificate presents coded data identifying the: To ensure you are communicating with the organization you want, examine the subject of the server certificate. The organization should identify itself with the name and location you expect.

Like documents, certificate information is protected by encryption to ensure authenticity and integrity. You can interpret the coded data as follows:





The Bookmarks menu provides fast and easy access to your favorite pages. Initially, the menu displays only the two items that help you add and modify pages in a bookmark list. However, as you add a page to a bookmark list, the title of the page (or any other name you wish to supply as a bookmark title) is appended as a menu item. Selecting the title brings the page to your screen.

Bookmarks are maintained in lists, each list is represented by a bookmarks file. You can maintain multiple bookmark lists, each with its own set of titles linked to favorite pages, though only one bookmark list can be active at a time. The menu item View Bookmarks produces a Bookmark List dialog box offering options that allow you to build and maintain one or more bookmark files. Any changes you make to the active bookmark list (the one currently available through the Bookmark List dialog box) are saved and available the next time you start Netscape.

You can organize and customize items in the Bookmarks menu through the Bookmark List dialog box. Bookmark menu items can be arranged hierarchically. The dialog box permits you to create a hierarchy by defining header items in the list, then inserting bookmark items indented (in outline form) below each header. The Up and Down buttons (arrows on the Macintosh) control the line position and indention of items. An item indented one deep in the bookmark list appears as a submenu of the header in the menu. An item indented two deep in the list appears as a submenu of a submenu, and so on. Each indentation of an item in the bookmark list corresponds to the item's hierarchical sublevel in the menu. You can also exchange bookmark lists with other Netscape users by using the Export Bookmarks and Import Bookmarks buttons.

View Bookmarks (Bookmarks dialog)

The Bookmark List dialog box produced by choosing the Bookmarks/View Bookmarks menu item offers offers numerous options and information. Note: you must press the Edit>> button (More Options on the Macintosh) to access the full set of options.


Window Styles (Options/Preferences panel)

Link Styles (Options/Preferences panel)

Fonts (Options/Preferences panel)

(On Windows and Macintosh only)

Colors (Options/Preferences panel)

(On Windows and Macintosh only)

Mail (Options/Preferences panel)

To send any e-mail, the Netscape application must make the appropriate connection to the mail server. E-mail is distributed by a SMTP (Simple Mail Transport Protocol) server. Enter the name of the SMTP server in the Mail (SMTP) Server field (ideally, a local mail server if available). If you do not know the name of your SMTP server, ask your service provider or system administrator.

For others to reply to your mail, you should enter your name and e-mail address in their respective fields. This information accompanies each correspondence you send.

News (Options/Preferences panel)

You must specify a news server to interact with Usenet newsgroups. If you don't know the name of your news server, contact the service or administrator providing you with your Internet connection.

Cache (Options/Preferences panel)

Netscape performs cache maintenance when you exit the applications. If you find that exiting takes longer than you wish, you might remedy the problem by reducing the size of the disk cache.

If you find that pages that should be in cache are taking longer to appear than they should, make sure the Verify Documents button is not set to Every Time. The verification requires a network connection that takes time. As an alternative, you can always obtain document revisions by pressing the Reload button. A reloaded document is brought from the network server and not the cache.

Network (Options/Preferences panel)

Applications (Options/Preferences panel)

You can also specify the folder to store applications that support Netscape. Whereas helper applications provide a page with multimedia presentation capabilities (according to MIME type), supporting applications provide Netscape with connection and page formatting utilities. Click on the field's adjacent Browse button (not on UNIX) to identify a new application location.

Directories (Options/Preferences panel)

Images (Options/Preferences panel)

Security (Options/Preferences panel)

The security check boxes dictate whether you receive a dialog box notification when entering a secure document space, leaving a secure document space, viewing a document with a mixed security status, or submitting a form with an insecure submit process. If a check box is checked, the notification dialog can be issued; otherwise, the dialog is bypassed.

Proxies (Options/Preferences panel)

Ordinarily, the Netscape application does not require proxies to interact with the network services of external sources. However, in some network configurations the connection between the Netscape application and a remote server is blocked by a firewall. Firewalls protect information in internal computer networks from external access. In doing so, firewalls may limit Netscape's ability to exchange information with external sources.

To overcome this limitation, Netscape can interact with proxy software. A proxy server sits atop a firewall and acts as a conduit, providing a specific connection for each network service protocol. If you are running Netscape on an internal network from behind a firewall, you will need to ascertain from your system administrator the names and associated port numbers for the server running proxy software for each network service. Proxy software retains the ability to communicate with external sources, yet is trusted to communicate with the internal network.

A single computer may run multiple servers, each server connection identified with a port number. A proxy server, like an HTTP server or a FTP server, occupies a port. Typically, a connection uses standardized port numbers for each protocol (for example, HTTP = 80 and FTP = 21). However, unlike common server protocols, the proxy server has no default port. Netscape requires that for each proxy server you specify in a Proxy text field, you also specify its port number in the Port field.

Text fields for proxies and ports are offered for FTP (File Transfer Protocol), Gopher (browser), HTTP (HyperText Transport Protocol), Security (Secure Sockets Layer protocol), and WAIS (Wide Area Information System), and SOCKS (firewall bypass software). The text field No Proxy on: lets you bypass the proxy server for a specified local domain. For example, if you specify: then all HTTP requests for the host server go from Netscape directly to the host (not using any proxy). All HTTP requests for other servers go from Netscape through the proxy server aserver on port 8080, then to the host.

Helper Applications (Options/Preferences dialog)

The Netscape application brings files to your computer using various server protocols such as HTTP, NNTP, SMTP, and FTP. Each protocol may support different file formats. Netscape has the built-in capability to read (interpret and display on your computer) several formats including the HTML format used by HTTP servers. When the Netscape application retrieves a file with a format that Netscape itself cannot read, the application attempts to use an external helper application capable of reading the file. Netscape uses a Preferences dialog box to allow you to examine and configure how a file's format maps to a helper application. The dialog box contains several fields and buttons to specify MIME file types (a method of differentiating file formats using a suffix appended to a file name), helper applications, and associated actions.

Select one of four radio buttons Save, Launch Application, Use Browser as Viewer, or Unknown: Prompt User to designate the action performed by the helper application.



Pop-up Menu

On Windows and UNIX, clicking the right mouse button produces a pop-up menu with the following items. On Macintosh, holding down the mouse button produces the pop-up menu. The pop-up menu is particularly useful when pressing the mouse button over a link or image.

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