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Most browsers come set up to make their operation as easy as possible for a beginner to understand. As you cease to be a beginner, you can get rid of these "training wheels." When you do, you will be able to use your browser just as well, but devote more of the available screen area to what you want to look at.
While this article uses the Macintosh version of the Netscape browser as an example, the procedures are quite similar on other computers and other browsers, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, or the America Online browser.
|In this example, the directory buttons and their icons take up an unreasonable amount of the vertical space on the screen.||In this version, the buttons have had their icons turned off, by using the "General Preferences" window.||In this version, the directory buttons have been eliminated altogether. Notice how much more text is now visible from the same Web page.|
To do this, use the "General Preferences" window and replace "http://www.netscape.com"in the "Home Page Location" box with the URL of your favorite search engine or other Web page. Once you have done this, your chosen page will come up every time you start Netscape, or whenever you click on the "Home" button, or select "Home" from the "Go" menu.
The mail addressed to mailing lists goes to individual mailboxes, one for each list. When I feel like checking out the Bikecurrent, BOB, Cdnfolk, CRW, HBS, HPV, LABmembers, Maritime History, Massbike, Moulton, Oysterband, Tandem, Touring, or Savoynet list, I go the appropriate mailbox, and all the messages are there. It is easier to follow the threads when the different lists are separated.
I also use a filter to raise the "priority" of messages that are addressed to me specifically, as distinct from those directed to a list. This causes their headers to appear in blue on my screen. This lets me spot personal mail at a glance, whether in a mailing-list mailbox, or in my main in box. This also pretty much separates out the spam messages, which don't usually have my address in the to: header, so I can delete them without wasting time reading them.
There are other programs which have similar features, so check out the options of your own system before you switch.
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