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VIEWING HISTORY

Here's a tip we ran awhile back. We've had hundreds of requests for it, so here it is again for all
you newbies: Netscape Navigator makes a note of every Web site that you visit in a "history"
file. This file keeps track of not only every Web page that you've visited, but also every image on
those pages and every file that you've downloaded. There's nothing sinister behind this,
Navigator just needs to remember the links that you've visited, so that those links appear in a
different color than unvisited links. Enter

about:globalhistory

in the Location box, and the entire history file appears. Remember, however, that the file shows
all loaded URL's and images, so it's likely to be quite large and may take some time to
completely display.
 

LINK EXPIRATION DATE

As we said in yesterday's tip, Netscape Navigator keeps track of all the URL's you've loaded in
the history file. This file helps it know which links have been visited. You can control how
Netscape deals with these links in the Preferences box. To do this, choose Options|General
Preferences. In the Appearance tab set "Followed Links" to "Expire After" a certain number of
days. If you don't want the history file to get too large, set this to a low number. But remember
that this will change your visited links every time the cutoff date is exceeded. If you want to
clear the history file right away, click "Expire Now." Click "OK" to close the Preferences box.
(Hmmm. Now, why would you want to clear the history file?)

VIEWING HISTORY

Here's a tip we ran awhile back. We've had hundreds of requests for it, so here it is again for all you newbies: Netscape Navigator makes a note of every Web site that you visit in a "history" file. This file keeps track of not only every Web page that you've visited, but also every image on those pages and every file that you've downloaded. There's nothing sinister behind this, Navigator just needs to remember the links that you've visited, so that those links appear in a different color than unvisited links. Enter about:globalhistory in the Location box, and the entire history file appears. Remember, however, that the file shows all loaded URL's and images, so it's likely to be quite large and may take some time to completely display.

LINK EXPIRATION DATE

As we said in yesterday's tip, Netscape Navigator keeps track of all the URL's you've loaded in the history file. This file helps it know which links have been visited. You can control how Netscape deals with these links in the Preferences box. To do this, choose Options|General Preferences. In the Appearance tab set "Followed Links" to "Expire After" a certain number of days. If you don't want the history file to get too large, set this to a low number. But remember that this will change your visited links every time the cutoff date is exceeded. If you want to clear the history file right away, click "Expire Now." Click "OK" to close the Preferences box. (Hmmm. Now, why would you want to clear the history file?)

 REWRITING HISTORY

As we said in the last couple of tips, Netscape Navigator keeps a history file listing all the sites you've visited. If you think it's getting too big you can delete it from your system entirely. Don't worry about doing any harm here, Netscape automatically creates another one. If you use Windows, the history file is called netscape.hst and is usually found in the Netscape directory (the folder may vary). If you use a Macintosh, look for Global History in the folder System Folder: Preferences: Netscape f. Make sure you close Netscape before deleting the file. Also, remember that this changes the status of all your links from "visited" to "unvisited."
 
 
 BOOKMARK YOUR HISTORY

Bookmark your global history so you don't have to remember the command.
One of our most popular tips, typing

about:globalhistory

 in the Location field will bring up a list of sites you've previously visited. With the list onscreen,
 right click the window and choose Add Bookmark. Now whenever you want to take a look
back, just choose the command from the Bookmarks menu. You can use your precious memory
(the kind in your head) for something else.

 
 

 

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