The Netscape 7.2 Toolbar and How It Works


First:
To change the Netscape ToolBar search engine to other than Netscape, use the "netscapetoolbar.rdf" hack

Next:
If you do not have "keywords" enabled, entering a search term in the Location Bar, and pressing "enter" or "Go" will do nothing, you will get an error message.

If you have "keyword" enabled, Netscape will use whatever is set in all-ns.js file:
pref("keyword.URL", "http://info.netscape.com/fwd/clk70kw1/http://keyword.netscape.com/keyword/");

You have several options to change this action:
1. Edit the entry via about:config - profile specific
2. Delete the entry from all-ns.js ( it will then revert to the original entry in:
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\mozilla.org\GRE\1.7.2_2004080415\greprefs\all.js

This is the original Mozilla default keyword search entry:
pref("keyword.URL", "http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&q=");

3. Create an a1.js file and copy the above entry to the newly created file.
4. Copy the entry to the user.js file (also profile specific) if you have created the file.

My personal choice is the a1.js - I don't like to edit the original .js files.

To create an a1.js file:
With all instances of Netscape / Mozilla closed, including Quick Launch and AIM

1. Navigate to: C:\Program Files\Netscape\Netscape\defaults
    This is the folder which contains browser-prefs.js, composer.js, and mailnews.js.
2. With a plain text editor, create a file called "a1.js" and save it.
    Ensure that it is saved as a1.js and NOT a1.js.TXT.
3. Open the a1.js file in a plain text edotor and copy the below entry:
    /* override some prefs in *.js */
     pref("keyword.URL", "http://www.google.com/search?q=");

4. Save the file

Entries in the A1.js will be read into memory and override any prefs entries OTHER than entries set in prefs.js or user.js files.

When entering a search term in the Location Bar, and pressing the "Search" button, you get a whatever search engine you have set in:
Edit | preferences | Internet Search

You can add engines any way you want to, install from mycroft, copy search plugins from older Netscape or Mozilla versions, write your own, etc.

If you have "Keywords" enabled, enter a search term in the Location Bar and Press enter, or the "GO" button, it will be treated as a keyword, and will use whatever is set for "Keyword".

If you do not have "Keywords" enabled what happens is dependent on whether you have selected in:
Edit | Preferences | Smart Browsing | Domain Guessing
1. If Domain Guessing is selected, it adds www.somesite.com, and does the best it can.
2. If Domain guessing is not selected it returns an error msg: "www.somesite.com could not be
   found. Please try again"

If you select a word in a WEB page, right click and select "Web search for......" it will use what you have set in:
Edit | preferences | Internet Search


If you continue to have problems, then post your questions on the
WindowsBBS Netscape and Mozilla Forum.
I'm a Moderator on the Forum, and along with the other informed Netscape and Mozilla users and members,
will be happy to provide you with any further assistance you might require.

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captjlddavis



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