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customising your home page
on your computer

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introduction
abelard’s homepage for you
setting your browser to use abelard’s homepage as your homepage
modifying abelard’s home page
saving abelard’s homepage to your computer
useful Firefox add-ons for net browsing

The Internet is a wonderful place to visit and to explore.

After exploring the net for a while, there are places (web sites) that you visit regularly, and there are places that you visit for specific purposes - to find particular information, or read news, or even just to have some fun and relaxation.

One means of organising your favourite and most visited web site links is by arranging them on an html-coded page that you use as your web browser homepage. The homepage is the page that shows when you first open your browser, and you can change this from the default page provided when the browser was first installed.

 

abelard’s homepage for you

This link takes you to an adapted version of the home page that abelard uses.

If you want to make this linked page into your home page, here follow instructions for several popular browsers.

 

setting your browser to use abelard’s homepage as your homepage

  • Mozilla Firefox:
    • With abelard’s homepage showing in Firefox,
    • Set the browser with the Use current pages button
      at Tools menu | Options | Main tab.
    • You can also drag the small abelard’s yak icon Click for details about the  GoldenYak (TM) award in the address box and drop it on the home/house button on the navigation bar.

  • MS Internet Explorer:
    • With abelard’s homepage showing in Internet Explorer,
    • Set the browser with the Current page button
      at Tools menu | Internet Options | General Tab | Startup page box.
    • You can also drag the small abelard’s yak icon Click for details about the  GoldenYak (TM) award in the address box and drop it on the home/house button on the navigation bar.

  • Opera:
    • With abelard’s homepage showing in Opera,
    • Set the browser with the Use current button
      at Tools menu | Preferences | General tab | Startup | Start with home page

  • Safari:
    • With abelard’s homepage showing in Safari,
    • Set the browser with the Set to current page button
      at Edit menu | Preferences | General tab

    As we update the page with new links, or remove now dead ones, you can receive a new version when you are on-line. You can check whether you have the most up-to-date version by looking at the bottom of the abelard homepage. There is the ‘Last updated’ date. (Hit the browser Refresh button to make sure that you do have the latest available version.)

 

modifying abelard’s home page

  • If you cannot adjust to abelard’s preference of cheerful colours, there are directions on changing the colours your browser will display at customising your browser.

  • If you wish to be able to modify and add new links to this page yourself, you will need to save the page on your computer, set it as the homepage for your browser as explained just above, and then, when you wish, modify the saved page.
    Note that now you will be using this saved, and possibly modified, version of the homepage as your browser’s homepage, not the version hosted at abelard.org.

To modify the saved page and to add your own links, you have to use editing software. If you are fairly fluent with coding, you would use a text editor like Notepad or Textpad. If you are not, you could use a WYSIWYG editor [What You See Is What You Get] . A free and reliable WYSIWYG editor is HTMLKit. This is a page of tutorial links for HTMLKit.

 

saving abelard’s homepage to your computer

Click on the File menu at the top of your net browser so that its menu drops down. Choose the Save as option. This way you can save the page to a file location of your choice.

 

useful Firefox add-ons for net browsing

  • Morning Coffee - Keeps track of daily routine websites and opens them in tabs.
    This add-on saves a lot of time opening pages used routinely and often.
  • Cooliris Preview - Preview web links, images, and videos without clicking.
    Hover on a link and a floating version of the page appears. Saves on opening tabs when you are not sure whether you want to go to the linked page.
  • Tab Catalog - This add-on shows contents of all of tabs as a thumbnail-style table.
    Useful to see what’s in all your tabs at the same time.
  • Colorful Tabs - Colors every tab in a different color.
    A great help to escaping the drab anonymity of corporate design.

 


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