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openSUSE 11.1 KDE Quick Start Guide
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Browsing the Internet

Apart from Konqueror (KDE's default Web browser), openSUSE also includes the Firefox Web browser. To start Konqueror or Firefox, press Alt+F2 and enter konqueror or firefox.

With features like tabbed browsing, pop-up window blocking, and download and image management, both browsers combine the latest Web technologies. Their easy access to different search engines helps you to find the information you need.

Enter a URL in the location bar to start browsing. To open a new, empty tab, press Ctrl+T and enter a new URL. To open a link in a new tab, click the link with your middle mouse button. Right-click the tab itself to access more tab options. You can create a new tab, reload one or all existing tabs, or close them. You can also change the sequence of the tabs by dragging and dropping them to the desired position.

Downloading Files from the Web

If you download a file with Firefox or Konqueror, a dialog window appears asking you if you want to save the file. In Konqueror, you then need to specify the location for the file. Firefox by default saves the file to the folder configured in the Firefox Preferences and shows your finished downloads in the Downloads dialog.

To open the downloaded files directly from there, right-click and select Open. To clean up the history of downloaded files, right-click and select Clear List.

Configuring Preferences

To adjust Konqueror or Firefox to your needs and wishes, both browsers offer configuration dialogs. In Konqueror, access the configuration dialog with Settings > Configure Konqueror. To change the behavior of Konqueror as Web browser, select one of the Web Browsing categories in the left sidebar to show the options for the respective category. For example, you can hide Konqueror's real identity and make Konqueror identify as a different browser (for example, Internet Explorer*) for certain Web sites you visit. To do so, select Browser Identification, and click New to add a new, site-specific identification.

You might also want to configure the Web shortcuts you can use with Konqueror (and the Run Command dialog). In the Konqueror configuration dialog, click Web Shortcuts to see which shortcuts are already defined. Click New to define new shortcuts. Leave the Konqueror configuration dialog with OK to apply your changes.

In Firefox, select Edit > Preferences to open the Firefox Preferences. Click the icons in the upper display field to access the options for the respective category. For example, change the default download folder on the Main page, or adjust the pop-up blocking feature on the Content page. Click Close to apply the changes.

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