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Chapter 18. It's a Small Web After All: ... > “What If I Want to Use Netscape?” - Pg. 218

It's a Small Web After All: Using Internet Explorer 218 "What If I Want to Use Netscape?" Windows Wisdom If you use both Internet Explorer and Netscape, a big problem you'll run into is that they don't share a common list of favorites--which are called bookmarks in the Netscape world. However, Internet Explorer is happy to either export the Favorites look to Netscape's bookmarks list or import the bookmarks as favorites. Select the File, Import and Export command. Internet Explorer comes free with Windows XP, and it's built right into the fabric of the operating system. However, that doesn't mean you can't use an alternative Web browser such as Netscape Navigator. Just download the browser from Netscape (go to and then install it. You should note, however, that Netscape will probably set itself up to be Windows XP's default browser. (Some versions of Netscape are polite enough to ask you whether this is what you want.) This means that if you launch a shortcut to a Web page, it's Netscape that displays the page, not Internet Explorer. What do you do if you'd prefer to use Internet Explorer as the default browser? This isn't a problem, but you first have to tell Internet Explorer to check to see whether it's the default. You do this by following these steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. Select Tools, Internet Options to open the Internet Options dialog box. Display the Programs tab. Make sure the Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser check box is activated. Click OK. Now shut down Internet Explorer and then start it back up again. This time, you'll see a dialog box telling you that Internet Explorer isn't your default browser and asking if you want to make it the default. If you want to restore Internet Explorer's position as the default browser, click Yes; other- wise, click No. The Least You Need to Know · Going Internet Exploring--To start Internet Explorer, select Start, Internet. (Alternatively, select Start, All Programs, Internet Explorer.) · Navigation for novices--To light out for another page, either click a link or type an address in the Address bar and then press Enter. Use the toolbar's Back button to return to the previous page, and use the Forward button to head the other way. · Site searching--To scour the Web for a particular topic, click the Search button to get the Search Com- panion on-screen, enter a word or two, and then click Search.