wikiHow to Adjust Browser Settings

Five Methods:Internet Explorer 7 and 8 Security SettingsInternet Explorer 7 and 8 Privacy SettingsOther Internet Explorer 7 & 8 SettingsFirefox (all)Safari

Browsers allow users to find and read websites on the Internet. There are several browsers available with different options. Browsers use these options to help protect a user's privacy and computer. Many browsers have their settings under the same or similar tabs. This article will tell you how to adjust browser settings.

Method 1
Internet Explorer 7 and 8 Security Settings

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    Open Internet Explorer
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    Click on "Tools" on the Menu bar. Scroll down and select "Internet Options."
    • Click on the "Security" tab. You will be able to customize security settings.
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    Click on the "Security Zone" that you want to customize. You can add websites to a zone by typing in the web address and clicking "add this website to the zone."
    • You can also remove a website from a zone by clicking "Sites" and selecting the website you want to remove. Click the "Remove" button to confirm your choice.

Method 2
Internet Explorer 7 and 8 Privacy Settings

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    Follow steps 1 and 2 in the previous section of the article except select the "Privacy" tab instead of "Security."
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    Select the setting you want to change. You can adjust your browser's cookie handling by changing the standard selector for all cookies.
    • You can also choose your cookie handling by website or cookie type. These options can be found by selecting the "Sites" tab or the "Advanced" tab.
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    Click "Sites" to allow or block cookies from specific sites.
    • Click "Allow" or "Block" and then "OK" to complete your changes.
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    Click "Advanced" and check "override automatic cookie handling."
    • Choose your desired settings for the different types of cookies.
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    Turn on or off your popup blocker. This option is available under the "Cookies" portion of the "Privacy" tab.
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    Click Settings
    • Then select your "blocking level" at the bottom of the popup window.
    • You can also choose to allow popups by specific websites by typing in the web address and clicking the "Add" button.

Method 3
Other Internet Explorer 7 & 8 Settings

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    Select the tab of the settings you want to change. You can choose from General, Content, Connections, Programs and Advanced.
    • You can change the browser's appearance, select your homepage and default programs and delete browsing history.
    • You can also modify other Explorer settings with the "Advanced" tab.

Method 4
Firefox (all)

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    Open Firefox
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    Click on "Tools" on the Menu bar. Scroll down and select "Options."
    • A window will open that will contain tabs that are similar to the ones in Internet Explorer.
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    Click on the "General" tab to select your default homepage, set download options and manage your "add-on" programs.
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    Manage your tab settings under "Tab" in the "Options" window. You can choose to open windows in tabs or choose options to manage multiple tabs in this window.
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    Select the "Content" tab to modify how webpages are displayed, including the preferred language and the appearance of webpages.
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    Click on "Privacy" and the "Security" tabs to manage privacy and security settings such as cookie and popup handling.
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    Select the "Application" tab to manage how Firefox handles different types of files such as PDF files or music files.
    • Firefox can use applications or plug-ins to open and use different file types. You can also choose to have Firefox save the file to your computer.
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    Use the "Advanced" tab to modify connection settings and advanced browser settings such as "auto-scrolling." This tab also allows you to control site encryption settings.

Method 5
Safari

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    Open Safari
    • Click on the Gear and select "Block Pop-up Windows." You can use this option to turn these settings on and off.
    • Click on the Gear again and select "Preferences."
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    Click on the "General" tab to choose your homepage and select options for downloading files.
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    Choose the "Appearance" tab to select what you want Safari to look like. Options such as font and size can be found under this tab.
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    Select the "Autofill" tab to select which forms you want Safari to fill out for you. You can also choose not to use this tab.
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    Choose the "Security" tab to adjust plug-in features, cookie handling and parental controls.

Warnings

  • The Department of Homeland Security advises Safari users not to use the "Autofill" feature for computer security reasons.


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Categories: Internet Browsers