Deleting URL history in Netscape.
jjones at lib.bsu.edu
Wed Dec 3 17:17:13 EST 1997
> Date: Tue, 02 Dec 1997 10:05:45 -0500
> From: Susie Breidenbach <sbreiden at connect.bedlib.org>
> To: web4lib at library.berkeley.edu
> Subject: Deleting URL history in Netscape
> Message-ID: <188.8.131.52.19971202100545.0068f3f4 at connect.bedlib.org>
> Hi all,
> Does anyone know how to delete the "Go to" or "Location" URL history in
> Netscape ver. 3.0 and higher (Windows 95)?
There are a couple things that you can do.
Create an entry in your autoexec.bat file which cleans up the Netscape's
cache on startup.
deltree /y "c:\<path to your netscape cache folder>\cache"
Create the following batch file and name it Netscape.bat
deltree /Y "c:\<path to your cookies.txt file>\cookies.txt"
deltree /Y "c:\<path to your netscape.hst file>\netscape.hst"
c:\windows\regedit /s "c:\<path to exported netscape regeisty>\netscape.reg"
"c:\<path to your netscape executable>\netscape.exe"
Now create a Shortcut to this batch file. Change the Shortcut name to be
Netscape. Change the properties of the Shortcut to do the following:
1. Foreground --> Check Allow Screen Saver
2. Background --> Uncheck Always Suspend
3. Idle Sensitivity --> Set Midrange
4. Mouse --> Uncheck Quick Edit
--> Uncheck Exclusive Mode
5. Termination --> Check Warn If Still Active
6. Other --> Uncheck Fast Pacing
7. Windows Shortcut Keys --> uncheck all options
1. Usage --> Choose Window
2. Window --> Uncheck Display toolbar
--> Check Restore Settings On Startup
3. Performance --> Fast ROM emulation
--> Dynamic Memory Allocation
1. Conventional Memory --> Total = Auto
--> Initial Environment = <Max Available>
--> Uncheck Protected
2. Expanded (EMS) Memory --> Total = <Twice Initial Environment>
3. Extended (XMS) Memory --> Total = <Twice Initial Environment>
--> Check Uses HMA
4. MS-DOS Protected-Mode (DPMI) Memory --> Total = <Twice Initial Environment>
1. Available types --> Choose Bitmap Only
2. Font Size --> Choose 4 X 6
Leave the defaults except:
1. Run --> Choose Minimized
2. Check Close on Exit
3. Click Change Icon
a. Click Browse and find the netscape executable
b. Double Click the executable and choose the main netscape icon
Finally, start regedit and find the netscape registry key
(HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Netscape\Netscape Navigator). All
of Netscape's settings exist below this key. You can make changes to these as
you see fit. The URL History subkey contains the information that a user sees
if they click on the down arrow at the end of the Location: field during a
Netscape Session. You could just delete these, but I include predefined sites
like search engines and library sites. When you are all done, export the
registry file as c:\<path to exported netscape regeisty>\netscape.reg
(mentioned in your Netscape.bat file). Make sure the export range is only
the selected branch
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Netscape\Netscape Navigator and that the save as type
is Registration Files.
What this does is clean your hard drive of all the files that Netscape drops to
your disk during operation on Boot-up. If you set the cache size under
Netscape's Options|Network Prefences|Disk and Memory Cache to a relatively small
size, this shouldn't slow the computer up too much in the morning and should
prevent lockups from excessively large cache sizes and file counts (on the order
or thousands of files in bad situations).
Additionally, by launching netscape from a batch file, you get the opportunity
to do some automatic cleanup for each patron's Netscape session.
I hope this helps.
By the way, I have relatives in Bedford. Do you happen to know the Brandts or
> Susie Breidenbach
> Technology Coordinator/Librarian
> Bedford Public Library
> 1323 "K" Street
> Bedford, IN 47421
> (812) 275-4471 x.301
> sbreiden at bedlib.org
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