Browser is the term used for a program that's used to display web pages. It comes from the phrase "browse the Internet".

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Why don't websites immediately display their text these days?

I've noticed that recently many websites are slow to display their text. Usually, the background, images and so on are going to be loaded, but no text. After some time the text starts appearing here ...
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Is there a modern browser that runs on Windows 3.1?

Ok, so I know what you are thinking: "What on earth are you doing still running Windows 3.1?" Here's the situation. The computer running 3.1 is also the controller for $150,000 bandsaw made in ...
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How can I take browser screenshots at a higher resolution than my browser supports?

I need to take a screenshot of a website as it would appear on a very high resolution monitor... say 4000x3000 pixels. My laptop's screen has a native resolution of 1400x768. Basically, I need to ...
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Clear cache for specific domain name in chrome

I want to clear the cache for a specific domain name in Chrome. Is there an extension or other method that I can use to do this?
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Why do some downloading files not know their own size? [duplicate]

Occasionally, when downloading a file in a web browser, the download progress doesn't "know" the total size of the file, or how far along in the download it is -- it just shows the speed at which it's ...
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In modern webbrowsers is there any point in putting www infront of a url that uses it?

When going to www.facebook.com or www.cbc.ca is there any benefit or difference made by omitting the www? EDIT: so it could be a problem if www is omitted but not automatically added, could it ever ...
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How do I delete previously entered items from Google Chrome Omnibox?

Chrome's Omnibox keeps sites that I most frequently visit - and this is good. However, one of my most visited pages has its URL changed, and I want to remove this from the Chrome Omnibox suggestions, ...
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Remove auto-complete field entries in Google Chrome

Is there a way to stop the gmail address field (on the login page) from displaying all the gmail addresses that you have ever typed in it? When logging in with Google Chrome or trying to set up a ...
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How can I copy nytimes.com slideshow images to the clipboard?

Slideshows on the New York Times website seem to have used some trickery to* cause a right-click in Firefox (and IE/Chrome) then "view image" or "copy image" to return a 1 x 1 pixel. The images also ...
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Why can't old PCs view modern sites? [closed]

The reason for this question is that many times clients, friends and parents ask me why their perfectly working old PC cannot be used online anymore. I am looking for a good answer to those people ...
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Force-refreshing only JavaScript files in Firefox and Chrome

I want to clear only JavaScript files from my web browsers (Firefox and Chrome). I am doing JavaScript debugging, and it's annoying that my JS just won't get updated whenever I change my JS files. The ...
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What exactly happens when you browse a website in your browser?

What happens behind the scenes when we type www.cnn.com in a browser and how does information gets displayed on the screen? A technical explanation would be highly appreciated.
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How to automatically remove Flash history/privacy trail? Or stop Flash from storing it?

Many people have heard about third-party cookies, and some browsers even block those by default. Some people may even be using Private Browsing modes. However, only few seem to realise that Adobe's ...
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How do I diagnose not being able to reach a specific website as an end user?

If I can generally reach web pages on the Internet but can't reach a specific one, how do I troubleshoot what the cause is as an end user? This question was a Super User Question of the Week. ...
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How can I get a virus by just visiting a website? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can a computer be infected by malware through web browser? It is common knowledge that you can get a virus just by visiting a website. But how is this possible? Do ...
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Is there an “about:config” (Firefox) In Google's Chrome?

Anything similar to "about:config" (Firefox) In Google's Chrome ?
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Where can I get Chromium binaries?

I want to have Chromium on my Windows machine, but I find only instructions how to make it from sources on official site. Are there any official pre-built binaries?
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How much information can websites get about your browser/PC?

I am trying to determine if the information shown on www.whatsmyip.org is the absolute maximum amount of information that a webserver can obtain from a web visitor. Are there other sites that will be ...
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Typing the tab character in browser text boxes

A lot of the time, when I want to format text within a web page's text box I'll hit the Tab key. Unfortunately, that doesn't insert the tab character but instead moves the control to the next form ...
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Is there a NoScript alternative for Google Chrome?

I love using Google Chrome, but I don't like visiting sites that have embedded ads/pages that could have malicious JavaScript. Is there something like the Firefox extension, NoScript, for Google ...
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How can I hide the most visited sites on Chrome?

Since the last update it has been impossible to hide the most visited sites. I don't know if it's some temporary sick joke by the chrome team but I need to remove it. I have tried changing my home to ...
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Browser with its own hosts file?

I have a number of staging and test servers that I need to constantly modify my hosts file to access (they depend on the domain name, so I have to change the hosts file to get them to work). I find ...
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How can I get a new browser session when opening a new tab or window on Firefox/Chrome?

When opening new Internet Explorer window, a new browser session is issued. Therefore you can login with two different accounts on the same service (let's say gmail). The same does not apply when ...
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Anyone know of something like Fluid, for Windows? [closed]

I'm looking for something like Fluid (Mac OS X), for Windows. It's an app that lets you run a single browser window, as a standalone app. So I can have a Fluid 'app' each for say Fogbugz and Stack ...
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Do text based browsers reduce network traffic?

Do text based browsers such as lynx, links and elinks consume less bandwidth than a GUI based browser (ie, Firefox, Chrome etc.)? I'm guessing no reduction in traffic. Rationale: I think a text based ...
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Chrome Extension for Switching Locale (Accept-Languages)

Is there a Chrome Extension which can be used to quickly switch between two locales (e.g. English and German) quickly? Some websites detect the user's language using the Accept-Languages HTTP-header ...
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IE: Why does Compatibility View disappear for some websites?

IE9 displays the Compatibility Mode button for some websites, but not for others. For the others, I can still enable it by adding it via Tools > Compatibility View Settings, and then it behaves as ...
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How do CDN (Content Distribution Networks) work?

Taking Akamai as CDN. From what I understand, when a client requests a page, the request goes to Akamai central server, which then depending on the location of client, picks up an Akamai edge server ...
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Is there an HTTPS Everywhere add on for Chrome, MSIE or safari?

I really like this HTTPS Everywhere add-on for Firefox. But I tend to browser hop, so have similar HTTPS-preferring add-ons been released for the other major browsers?
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What is the domain “safebrowsing-cache.google.com” used for?

A user on my network has a ton of hits to the address safebrowsing-cache.google.com. Is it a proxy to bypass the network filter or is it a Google cache?
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How do I force all links to open in the Desktop browser?

When I click a link from a Modern UI app, it opens in my default Modern UI browser. How do I force all links, regardless of source, to open in the desktop browser? Ideally, the Modern UI browser would ...
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Back button of Adobe PDF Reader after clicking a hyperlink whose target is on the same document

PDF documents have hyperlinks to the contents on the same document (analogous to "#section" hrefs for an HTML document). Where's the back button to go back to the page I was on (where I clicked the ...
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Force Chrome to open new pages in new window, not tab? (when opened from a program)

Whenever I click a link from something like outlook or a program opens a web page (not when I click a link from within chrome). It opens up in Chrome since it is my default browser but if I already ...
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How to refresh bookmark favicons in chrome

I updated favicons for a bunch of my websites. Refreshing the website does indeed show the updated favicon in the browser tab, however the bookmarks for those websites still have the old favicon. ...
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How to know if a site is gzipped?

I am accessing some web sites which are really really slow, and I would like to know if those sites are gzipped. Is there an easy way to find this out?
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How to disable browser cache in Chrome

I don't even use this browser normally, just for testing purposes, and the directory size of "Chrome" in "AppData\Local\Google" is like 500 MB. Is there a way I can disable page cache in Chrome?
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How to remove the dlinksearch browser search hijack

For the last few weeks all the machines on my home network are having the same problem whilst browsing the internet. When the user enters an invalid URL in the browser address bar, instead of the ...
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Print screen with cursor in Windows 7

I'm trying to capture some screen shots for a tutorial. When I press Print Screen on my keyboard and paste into an image editor, the cursor goes. The "tooltips" (if any) do print, but I need the ...
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How to connect a website has only IPv6 address without domain name?

If a server has only IPv6 address without domain name, how can I connect to server from my web-browser?
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Editing HTML source code with Google Chrome

In Internet Explorer I can open a local .html file and edit it by selecting "Source" in the "View" menu," make a quick change, and then "Refresh" (reload) the web page. How can I do that with Google ...
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Ctrl+F5 vs Ctrl+R (On Browsers)

is there a difference between these two shortcuts on most browsers?
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How to simulate slow internet connection

I currently deploy with GAE (google app engine) and I try to implement some AJAX validation. So I got a couple text-fields and "spinners" (ajax loaders) which should be displayed when an AJAX request ...
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Increase most visited page display in google chrome?

I want to display more Most Visited pages in google chrome, currently only 9 pages are being displayed, how can I increase them to 12 or 20 ??
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Desktop applications are unable to launch my browser in Windows 8

I have a fresh copy of Windows 8 Pro installed from MSDN. I have Google Chrome installed (stable channel) and it is set as my default browser. I even went into Control Panel > Default Programs to ...
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Is it possible to open several web pages when browser is started?

I am searching for browser option or plugin (it will be best if it is available in Web Kit browsers,Opera or Firefox - not IE) that allows me to open several web pages when it is initially started. ...
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How to track url redirects in browser?

I have typed http://example.com/load/ in my browser window and pressed "ENTER" key. Now on press of enter this website redirects me to http://example.com/load/1/ and then http://example.com/load/2/ ...
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Why is an unsigned SSL cert treated worse than no SSL cert?

If I view a site that has a unsigned or self-signed SSL cert, my browser gives me a warning. Yet the same browser has no problem allowing credentials to be sent across unsecured pages. Why is the ...
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How to disable automatic opening of PDF files in chrome [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Stop PDFs from displaying inside Google Chrome Chrome is opening the PDF files automatically and don't give option to save the file. How can i change this behavior?
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How can I disable HTML5 content in popular browsers like Firefox and Chrome?

The bad thing about Flash video was that it required a third-party plugin to play the content. The good thing was I could select which content to play; using the click-to-play feature in Firefox and ...
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How can visiting a webpage infect your computer?

My mother's computer recently became infected with some sort of rootkit. It began when she received an email from a close friend asking her to check out some sort of webpage. I never saw it, but my ...