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Nov 9, 2001
can any one tell me how to change over your internet browser
i want to use netscape 6.2 and i now use internet explorer do i go into the start up menu and remove it from there knowing i can always put it back at a later date
Jul 11, 2001
The first step in the process is to set Internet Explorer so it will not
ask whether it should be your default browser:

1.Open up Internet Explorer.
2.Under the View menu, click Internet Options (in 4.x browsers)
or Options (in 3.x browsers).
3.In the dialog box that appears, click the tab labeled
4.At the bottom of the dialog box you will see a checkbox that
reads "Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the
default browser." Make sure this box is not checked.
5.Click OK and close Internet Explorer.

Next, set Communicator to be your default browser:

1.Run Communicator by choosing Programs and then
Netscape Communicator from the Start menu or by
double-clicking the Communicator icon on your desktop.
2.You should be presented with a dialog box that reads
"Navigator is no longer registered to handle Internet
Shortcuts. Would you like to register Navigator as your
default browser?" Click Yes.

If you do not encounter this dialog box when starting
Communicator, you will need to reset Communicator to bring this
dialog box up the next time you launch Netscape:

1.Exit Communicator. Important: Make sure Communicator
and all of its components are NOT running.
2.Go to the Netscape directory on your hard drive. Open up
your hard drive (usually labeled C: drive). Next, find and open
the folder labeled Program Files. Inside you will find a folder
labeled Netscape. Important: This is the default location for
Netscape; the location on your particular computer may
differ. If necessary, you can use the Find feature in the Start
menu to locate it.
3.Inside the Netscape folder, open up the folder labeled
4.Inside Users, open the folder with the same name as your
Communicator profile. There may be only one folder, but if
there is more than one, choose the one that coincides with
the profile you select when you launch Netscape.
5.Back up the file called prefs.js somewhere on your hard
drive. Note: This file may simply be labeled prefs.
6.Open this file by using a text editor. By default the pref.js file
is associated with Netscape. In order to open this file with a
text editor, select the file with a right click and choose the
menu item called Open With. In the window that appears,
select Notepad or Notepad.exe from the list. Next, make
sure that the "Always use this program to open this type of
file" checkbox at the bottom of the window is unchecked.
Then, click the OK button to close this window and open the
pref.js file.
7.In this file, you will see a line (you may have to scroll down a
bit) that reads:

user_pref("browser.wfe.ignore_def_check", true);

Leaving the line otherwise untouched, change the word true
to the word false. Note: Disregard the text at the top of this
page that reads "This is a generated file! Do not edit." If you
do not see the above line in your prefs file, Communicator
may already be configured as your default browser.
8.Save the file (choose Save from the File menu) and close
the window.
9.Next time you launch Communicator, you will be presented
with a dialog box asking if you would like Netscape to be set
as your default browser. Choose Yes.

If upon launching Communicator, you still do not get the dialog box
asking if you would like to set Communicator as your default
browser, you may have incorrectly edited your prefs.js file. Locate
the saved prefs.js file that you made (in step 5) and replace the
newly altered file with this saved file. You can do this by repeating
steps 2, 3, and 4 (to open up your profile folder) and replacing the
prefs.js file in your profile folder with the one you previously saved.
From here, go back to step 5 and repeat the rest of the process,
making sure to follow the instructions in step 7 very carefully.
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