Re: netscape browser et al

by Thomas James Allen <tjallen(at)>

 Date:  Sat, 04 Sep 1999 13:38:30 -0400
 To:  "Lady Wistfulee" <wistfulee(at)>
 Cc:  hwg-basics(at)
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At 11:12 PM 9/3/99 -1000, you wrote:
>Thanks to those who helped me find the various browsers I wanted.  I did
>install Netscape stand alone (as well as a couple of others), but  this has
>created an unusual "problem".  My default browser is IE5, but at the oddest
>times, Netscape will come up when I click on a link (particularly when
>clicking from an email).  Why is this happening & how can I stop it?
>much alohas from Oahu ...
>Lady Wistfulee

If you are using windows on a pc, you can (usually) control this
by editing your "file associations". Look for the "Windows Explorer"
(not "Internet Explorer" browser) or the "My Computer",
go to menubar View-Options-File Types, and find which software is
associated with which extensions. You can then edit them there.

What may be happening (this happened to me) is that one program (IE)
is associated with .html and another (NN) is associated with .htm
Make them read the same. You may have to delete both, then write
a new one for htm and html. Be VERY careful and write everything down
before fooling around in there!!

Does anyone know a good help file or online explanation for editing
these file types? I know how to do it (roughly), but there is too much
explaining to do in an e-mail!

I have no idea how to control file-types on a Mac.

Hope this helps,

P.S. Okay, one (almost) foolproof way to get this right:
go to the file types, delete any that say htm or html, and close.
Now, try to open an .html file, and Windows will ask, "What software
should I open this with?" and pick what you want from the list (IE).
Now go back and do the same with an .htm file. Windows will write
the new file-types entries for you. But again, this can be tricky,
so (unless you feel confident here) look for a help file on this first!

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