(With example on how to make Google your default search engine)
Applies to: Communicator
Operating Systems: Windows 3.x, Windows 95, and Windows NT.
Reference: "Security Preferences for Communicator" by Alec B. Plumb, "Advanced Communicator References" by Jay Garcia and Kevin Hecht at http://www.ufaq.org/commonly/userprefs.html
Translations: To be done in Spanish, French, Italian, and Chinese.
(With Example on How to Make Google Your Default Search Engine)
Making changes to your prefs.js configuration file can be dangerous because the parameters in the file are case sensitive. Spelling and syntax errors may cause the contents of the file to be deleted when you restart Netscape. So we strongly recommend that you be careful and back up everything first.
Therefore, before making changes to this file, please make sure
1) Netscape is not running
2) Make a backup copy of the file
3) Use a text editor such as Notepad.
Note that editing of prefs.js is not
a procedure officially supported by Netscape, so do so at your own risk.
1) Close Communicator
2) Make a backup of prefs.js
3) Use a text editor such as Notepad to edit the original text
Note that parameters in this file are case sensitive, and it does matter whether you type an uppercase vs. a lowercase letter. Spelling and syntax errors may cause the contents of the file to be deleted when you restart Netscape. So be careful and back up everything first.
Be sure to edit this file only while all instances of Communicator are shut down, as Communicator will overwrite prefs.js when it exits. To enable a preference, add a line like this to the Preferences file:
Substitute the name of the preference you wish to enable for the first argument of user_pref().
To disable a preference, find the user_pref() line for that preference in the Preference file, and set the value to "false".
This article is provided by Samuel Chong of
Los Angeles Chinese Learning
Center, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, California, and supporter
of Google, with references from "Security Preferences for Communicator" by Alec
B. Plumb, and "Advanced Communicator References" by Jay Garcia and
Kevin Hecht . For more information, please contact us.
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