Web Browsers

Overview

This section is dedicated to helping you with web broswers. There are many things about web browsers that you may not know, and a brief read through our frequently asked questions may open new doors for you and change the way you use your web browser. We hope you find what you are looking for. If not, feel free to contact our comptuer helpdesk either by email or phone.

Web Browsers

Internet Explorer

How do I change my home page?

To change the home page for Internet Explorer, click "Tools" (or the little picture of a gear, depending on your version), then "Internet Options", then click on the "General" tab. The section for "Home Page" is at the top. If you are currently at the page you want to use as your home page, you can click the "Use current" button. If not, you can type the URL of the page you want in the box and click "Apply" at the bottom.

How Do I FTP? using Internet Explorer?

To use Internet Explorer for FTP, type the FTP address of the server you wish to use in the address bar. To FTP to your ONID account you can use: "ftp://ftp.onid.orst.edu". Next, enter your username and password at the prompt. Your ONID space will them appear in your browser. To be able to drag and drop files, click "page" then click "Open FTP Site in Windows Explorer". You will then be able to click and drag the files you want to work with.

How do I make IE my default browser?

To set Internet Explorer as your default web browser, open Internet Explorer, click the "Tools" (or the little picture of a gear, depending on your version) menu, and choose "Internet Options". In the window that comes up click on the Programs tab and check the box that says "Tell me if Internet Explorer is not the default web browser", then click the "Make Default" button. Click "Apply" at the bottom and then "OK".

How do I sort my Favorites so they are listed Alphabetically?

To sort the Internet Explorer Favorites alphabetically, click the "Favorites" menu in Internet Explorer, right click any of the folders or websites in the list and choose "Sort by Name."

Safari

How do I change cookie settings in Safari?

To change your cookie settings in Safari, click "Safari", then "Preferences", then click on the "Privacy" tab. On this page there will be a "Cookies and other website data" section. Here you can choose to accept or deny all cookies, or accept cookies only from sites you directly browse to.

How do I make Safari my default browser?

Click "Safari", then "Preferences", then select the "General" tab. At the top, you can select Safari from the drop down menu.

How do I enable popup blocking?

To enable popup blocking in Safari, click "Safari", then "Prefences", then click on the "Security" button. On this page, check the box next to "Block pop-up windows". This will block all popups from web pages.

How do I clear private data in Safari?

In Safari you will need to clear both the cookies and cache. To clear the cache in Safari, click on "Safari", then click "Empty Cache". To clear cookies, click on "Safari", then click on "Privacy". From here, click on "Remove All Website Data", then click on "Remove Now".

Firefox

Note: Please update to the latest version of firefox before following these directions, as older version are less secure and have different menu options. Firefox is free and can be found on their Website

How do I change cookie settings in Firefox?

To change your cookie settings in Firefox, click the "Firefox" menu in the upper-left hand corner, then "Options", and "Options" again. Click on the "Privacy" tab. On this page there will be a "Cookies" section. Here you can choose to accept or deny all cookies, or you can modify the cookie list for more specific cookie settings.

How do I make Firefox my default browser?

The first time you run the browser, it should ask you if you want to make Firefox your default browser. If you answered ‘no’ and you later decide you would like it to act as your default browser, Click the "Firefox" menu in the upper-left hand corner, then "Options", and "Options" again, then select the "Advanced" tab. At the bottom, there is a section called "System Defaults". In this section, check the box next to "Always check to see if Firefox is the default browser on startup", then click the "Check Now" button. If Firefox is not already the default web browser, it will ask if you want to change it. Click "Yes" and Firefox will be set as your default web browser.

How do I enable popup blocking?

To enable popup blocking in Firefox, click the "Firefox" menu in the upper-left hand corner, then "Options" or "Preferences", then click on the "Content" tab. On this page, check the box next to "Block pop-up windows". This will block (almost) all popups from web pages. To manage exceptions to this, you can click the "Exceptions" button next to that setting.

How do I clear private data in Firefox?

To clear private data in Firefox, click on the "History" or  "Tools" menu, then "Clear Recent History". Select the data you want to clear, then click the "Clear Now" button to clear the selected information.

Google Chrome

Note: Please use the latest version of Google Chrome before following these directions, as older versions are less secure and have different menu options. Google Chrome is a free download.

How do I change my home page?

To change your home page in Google Chrome, open Chrome and click the Options button in the upper-right corner (looks like three horizontal bars), and click "Settings". Once here, you should find a section called "On Startup", where you can have chrome open on a new tab, your last tabs opened, or on a specific home page.

How do I make Chrome my default browser?

To set Google Chrome as your default web browser, open Chrome and click the Options button in the upper-right corner (looks like three horizontal bars), and click "Settings". At the very bottom there is a button that says "Make Google Chrome my default browser". Click it to set Chrome as your default.

How do I change cookie settings in Chrome?

To change cookie settings in Google Chrome, open Chrome and click the Options button in the upper-right corner (looks like three horizontal bars), and click "Settings". Click on the "show advanced settings" at the bottom of the settings page. On this page, there is a "Privacy" section where you can allow/deny all cookies, or you can manually manage the cookie list.

How do I delete cookies/browsing history in Chrome?

To delete cookies or browsing history in Google Chrome, open Chrome and click the Options button in the upper-right corner (looks like three horizontal bars), and click "Settings". Click on the "show advanced settings" at the bottom of the settings page. Go to the "Privacy" section and click "Clear browsing data...". On this page you can put a check next to whatever data you want cleared. You can then select the period you want the data deleted from with the dropdown menu. Once you are ready, click "Clear Browsing Data" and it will erase everything you selected.