|The following assumes that
Netscape Navigator has already been installed. For more information on using
Netscape, start up Netscape and select Help >> Handbook, this is a very
thorough tutorial on using and configuring Netscape.
Configuring Netscape Navigator V2.x, V3.x
Email and News
Using Netscape Navigator For Web-browsing
The primary Navigator display is divided into five regions. From top to bottom they are: a row of pull-down menus, the toolbar, the Location line, a row of Directory Buttons, and the html viewer.
To go to a known site, enter the address on Location line. Most web address have an implied http:// as a prefix (e.g., http://www.yahoo.com); this may be omitted though (www.yahoo.com). Images and text which are highlighted or underscored are links to other websites (these links are called hyperlinks). To move through a hyperlink, you click on the image or text. To hide the Location line, remove checkmark from Options >> Show Location.
When Navigator is downloading (i.e. retrieving a homepage or a file), comets will fly past the 'N' located in upper right corner. Also the bottom line of Navigator will give a percentage of download completion and on bottom line at right is a status bar which increases to right reflecting percentage of downloading complete.
The toolbar is the strip of buttons starting on left with a 'Back' arrow and ending on right with a 'Stop' button. All the buttons on toolbar have an equivalent in a pull-down menu. To hide the toolbar, remove checkmark from Options >> Show Toolbar.
The Directory Buttons are located beneath the Location line. They begin at left with a button labeled 'What's New' and end on the right with a button labeled 'Software'. These buttons are links to specific Netscape homepages. Each button has an equivalent under the 'Directory' pull-down menu.
Pull-Down Menu Items
Across the top of Netscape Navigator are a row of pull-down menus starting with 'File' on the left and ending with 'Help' on the right. Below are descriptions of the more important menu selections:
Using Netscape Navigator For Email
Netscape Navigator V2.0 and later is able to send and receive email. To open Navigator's Email Viewer, select Window >> Netscape Mail or click on the letter icon that is in the lower right of the Navigator Web Browser window.
The Navigator Email Viewer is divided three regions: a row of pull-down menus across the top, a toolbar of buttons below that, and the email display region which takes up most of the window. The email display region itself is divided into three panels: a folder listing, folders, (upper left); a listing of mail residing in a particular folder, mail list, (upper right); a panel for the display of a particular email message, reading panel. You might have to increase the size of the Email Viewer to see all three panels.
To read an email, single click on a folder. The messages in that folder will appear in mail list on right. Single click on a message in the mail list and it will appear in reading panel at bottom.
The functionality of the buttons along toolbar may be found as selections underneath pull-down menus.
Pull-Down Menu Items
Across the top of Netscape Navigator Email Viewer is a row of pull-down menus starting with 'File' on the left and ending with 'Help' on the right. Below are descriptions of the more important menu selections:
Composing And Sending An Email
To compose and send an email, you must bring up the email composer. To do this select File >> New Mail Message or click on the 'To:Mail' icon on the toolbar in the Netscape Mail window.
The email composer is divided into four regions. From top to bottom they are pull-down menus, toolbar, message header, message text. As all other toolbars in Navigator, the buttons on it are also available in the pull-down menus.
As an example, lets suppose we wanted to send a simple hello to our friend Joe who has an email address of email@example.com. We also want to send the same hello to our friends Betty and Sal having email addresses of firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, respectively. The message header and message text of the composer window would look like
Mail To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello there. Hope things are well for you and Betty and Sal (I have sent to them carbon copies of this email).
All the best.
To send this email, we would then select File >> Send Now or hit the 'Send' button on the toolbar.
There are other functions which can be done through the email composer such as sending files text and non-text files, posting to newsgroups and creating an address book. For these features and others, please read the handbook for Navigator (Help >> Handbook).
Using Netscape Navigator For News
Netscape Navigator V2.0 and later is able to view and post news to Usenet newsgroups. To open Navigator's News Reader, select Window >> Netscape News.
The Navigator News Reader is divided three regions: a row of pull-down menus across the top, a toolbar of buttons below that, and the news display region which takes up most of the window. The news display region itself is divided into three panels: a listing of configured news servers and the newsgroups available on them, server/newsgroup list, (upper left); a listing of articles posted to a particular newsgroup, article list, (upper right); a panel for the display of a particular news posting, reading panel. You might have to increase the size of the News Viewer to see all three panels.
To get a list of all newsgroups on a server, in the server/newsgroups list, click to the left of the folder beside the server name. Change the '+' to a '-'; this will open the folder. Then go to Options > Show All Newsgroups. This will download the newsgroup list. Downloading may take a while as there are over 35,000 different newsgroups available.
After downloading is complete, the server/newsgroup list should be filled with lists of newsgroups and with sub-folders that contain lists of newsgroups and sub-folders themselves. To see what articles are available in a particular newsgroup, single click on that newsgroup. A list of articles should appear in the article list on right. To read a given article, click on it as it appears in the article list and it will show up in the reading panel.
Because it is cumbersome to scroll through a list of 35,000 to find newsgroups you want to read, Netscape News Reader (as all news reader programs) supports the notion of subscribing to newsgroups. To subscribe to a newsgroup, in the server/newsgroup list, put a checkmark in the box that is to the right of the newsgroup name (you may have to widen the Navigator News Reader to see this column). When you have gone through the list and marked the groups to which you want to subscribe, go to Options >> Show Subscribed Groups. The server/newsgroups list now only shows those groups you subscribed to and hides the groups you did not subscribe to.
For all the many of functions of the Navigator News Reader, please see the Navigator handbook (Help >> Handbook).