Netscape Navigator Tips and Tricks

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Here's a way to produce a nice-looking HTML version of your Bookmarks file, suited especially for printing. First open your Bookmarks file (select Bookmarks|Go to Bookmarks from the menu), then select File|Save As... from the Bookmarks menu. Enter a file name with the HTM extension in the File Name field (such as "bookmarks.htm"), then click save. Now open Navigator and select File|Open File, then browse to the bookmark file you just created and click Open. A nicely formatted HTML version of your bookmark file opens.



The more pages you bookmark, the longer your bookmark file gets. Pretty soon you may find that the bookmark list begins to extend off the left side of the Navigator window, meaning that parts of the names get obscured (particularly if the name is long). This is really caused by the way Windows handles long menu names, so you can't alter Netscape setting to accept longer names. But if you start to get bookmark menu names obscured, start moving some into submenus or delete some that you don't need anymore.



A couple tips ago we showed you how to create an HTML version of your bookmarks file. Here's a quicker way to accomplish the same thing. Open Navigator and choose File|Open File, then navigate to your "bookmark.htm" file. Click "Open" and your bookmarks open in the Navigator window (in the HTML format). Notice the full path of the file appears in the "Location" box. Now just make this Location a bookmark (choose Bookmarks|Add Bookmark), and the bookmarks file is readily available from the list of bookmarks!



A number of readers liked our tip about making your bookmarks file an HTML code page, and told us that they took it to the next logical step: Make the bookmarks file your home page. We like this tip a lot, because it's a more logical launching pad than the Netscape home page. To do this, open Netscape Navigator and select Options|General Preferences, which opens the Preferences dialog box. In the Appearances tab, click "Browser starts with: Home Page Location:" and enter the full path to your bookmark.htm file. Click "OK" to close the box and save your setting. The next time you open Netscape, your bookmarks HTML page is the first thing that you see.



Want to know when you (or a loved one) last visited a bookmarked site? Pull down the Bookmarks menu and choose Go To Bookmarks. When the Bookmarks window pops up, right-click the bookmark you want to check, and choose Properties from the pop-up menu. The Bookmark Properties dialog box tells you not only when the site was last visited but also when the bookmark was created.


 Want to keep all your new bookmarks all in one neat package? Not a problem. Select Bookmarks|Go to Bookmarks, which opens the Bookmarks window. Create a new folder called something like New Bookmarks (to create the folder select Item|Insert Folder). Highlight the new folder then click the right mouse button to bring up a floating menu box.
Choose the option "Use For New Bookmarks" and you're in business. Any new bookmarks you add are put in this folder automatically, which will appear at the top of the Bookmarks menu

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