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Changing Netscape Preferences

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By Paul Pedron

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Posted: 18 Oct 2000
 

Current version: ZfD 3

You have the following question in Text Files Questions and Answers Area:

Question: Stephen De L. wrote: Can I have ZEN go into a file and change certain things in that file on the IP address in Netscape prefs.js file?

Answer: Absolutely, Stephen. In the Text Files page you can change just about anything in a text file, including PREFS.JS.

I have one better....

Download the Netscape Customization Kit from Netscape (works for Netscape 4.5 and above). It's free under downloads. You can create your own netscape.cfg (encrypted) and lock down the areas you don't want changed.

The preferences are hierarchical

  • netscape.cfg in programs folder
  • prefs.js in users folder

If an area in netscape.cfg is locked down AND HAS TEXT (important) then it will not launch the line in the prefs.js.

I have three files I push out with ZEN according to group (workstation/user) access:

  • For internet/intranet access

    Everything is set normal but user cannot change (locked down w/cck) proxy, exceptions, etc. But user can change home page, etc.

  • For intranet only access

    Created another netscape.cfg with cck and put in a proxy called "NoInternet" and put in exceptions. Locked those settings down. Netscape will not find the proxy and go to the exceptions and get to the intranet.

  • For no internet/intranet access

    Created another netscape.cfg with cck and put in a proxy called "NoInternet" and put in NO exceptions. Locked those settings down. Netscape will not find the proxy and go to the exceptions and return with an error no proxy found.


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