Questions tagged [browser]

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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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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Command line browser with js support

Does anybody know good command line browser with js support? Ideally I need following ability: some-browser http://example.com > ~/page.html It means that cli browser download html, execute js ...
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How can I selectively disable paste blockers

As more and more websites add paste blocking code of one type or another to e-mail and password fields and more people use password managers, the two are increasingly coming into conflict. While ...
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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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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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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 open a URL on a schedule in the default browser?

I'm looking for a mechanism to open a single URL in the user's current default browser on a schedule/recurring basis. I know that if I was writing .Net code to do this, I could simply do something ...
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Prevent automatic redirects in Firefox

Firefox used to prevent automatic redirects and have a button you could use to opt-in to a redirect. However, a update a couple of months ago eliminated this feature and now Firefox (version 35) ...
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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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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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Malicious “confirm navigation” dialogs?

Some sites, like StackExchange, pop up an "Are you sure you want to leave this page?" dialog when you try to leave under certain conditions, such as if you have a post you haven't finished editing. ...
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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 force my css styles when I visit a website?

Imagine I want to visit webmaster.stackexchange.com (or an other website) everyday but I want to change the blue color of header (change it to red for instance). Is it possible to force personal css ...
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Why is there bunch of references to chrome browser in a new - empty tab of Firefox?

For some reason, When I click view page source on an "empty" new tab in Firefox 55.0.2, there's bunch of HTML stuff (which I don't really care about). However once I see: <script type="text/...
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How do you stop a webpage from loading in Google Chrome?

There's a stop button in Internet Explorer and Firefox, but there isn't one in Google Chrome. Some pages takes too long to load and I would like the browser to stop trying to load it. How do you ...
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Is there a way to move multiple tabs to a new browser window, in Chrome?

I know this may seem like a silly question but it is certainly a minor feature that I would love to use, if it exists. Is there a way to quickly select multiple browser-tabs in Chrome, and move them ...
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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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How to disable pop-ups for Google “YOLO” / “One-Tap Sign-Up”?

Recently I've begun to see common pop-ups when visiting sites on which I do not have an account. The pop-ups prompt me with my real name and Google sign-in email, which is being provided either by ...
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How to convert a webpage to PDF with preserving its look (exactly as on web browser) and text/links?

I'm looking for a way to convert a webpage to PDF, but preserving the webpage's look. Also preserving webpage's text (being selectable), searchable [Generating image screenshot for the webpage would ...
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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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Why does my browser attempt to download pages from http://clhs.lisp.se instead of viewing them normally?

This problem started a few weeks ago. Whenever I navigate to any page at http://clhs.lisp.se — for example this one: http://clhs.lisp.se/Body/m_w_open.htm — my browser doesn't display the page ...
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How to refresh the browser on macOS?

This seems so basic, but I found no answer. I'm using the MacBook Pro with the touch bar. Crtl + F5 / F5 doesn't work somehow, which is the case for windows computers.
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Commandline vimperator-like browser?

When browsing normally I use Firefox with Vimperator installed, which gives you vim-like key bindings so you can browse without the mouse. However, every now and again I have to browse from the ...
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Do web browsers cache SSL certificates?

Do any web browsers cache SSL server certificates? For example, if I change the SSL certificate on a web server, will all of the web browsers pick up the new certificate when they connect via SSL, or ...
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What is about:blank for? [duplicate]

What is the page about:blank used for? I was just wondering why is it there. Is it an actual page or just built in? It seems to be completely empty except with the header and body.
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How to disable automatic updates in Opera?

some features in opera 25 are changes, with old documentations. I want to disable Opera auto update. For this I read this opera webpage however there is no more "preferences" in opera menu. so how ...
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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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Refresh all tabs in Google Chrome

I am using Google Chrome 11.0.696.77 on Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Is it possible to refresh(reload) all the tabs in Google Chrome without going into each individual tab and hitting F5 to refresh the ...
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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 I change my default browser to an unlisted program in Windows 7?

I use multiple browsers regularly, so I've written a script that will open pages in whatever browser is already running (or Firefox if there is none). I want to set this script as my default browser. ...
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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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Do browsers create new TCP connections for each HTTP requests?

So I know that HTTP is basically just a text protocol over TCP, and that TCP is state / connection based. That means that the browser has to connect over TCP to a server before doing an HTTP request. ...
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how do I stop firefox from notifying me about updates?

I have Firefox 56, the last good version of the browser, where things I need in terms of performance, and functionality both still work. Im not going to update, EVER. (There are other browsers out ...
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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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Windows 10 keeps changing default browser to Explorer at reboot

In Windows 10 (Pro, 1511 build 10586.104), default web browser keeps being reset to Internet Explorer at each reboot (settings > system > default). No matter which other browser is set there, as ...
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The best LDAP browser in Linux? [closed]

I'm using phpLDAPadmin currently, but I'm wondering if there is any native utility do the similar thing?
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What functionality would I lose if I disable browser-based Java?

I am reading that disabling Java—not JavaScript—will make my computer safer form malicious software attacks. All indications are that it will indeed make it safer, but there are no real reasons out ...
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Meaning of the clockwise/counter-clockwise rolling circle in Google Chrome

When using Google Chrome I've observed that the icon that holds the favicon.ico shows a rolling circle before a page is fully loaded. It appears as if the circle is rolling counter-clockwise when the ...
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Why does Firefox interpret 100% zoom differently to other browsers?

It's bugged me for a while that Firefox (on Windows 7) seems really "zoomed in" compared to other browsers, even after using ctrl-0 or the zoom menu to make sure its zoom level is 100%. Chrome left, ...
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How can I disable “Are you sure you want to leave this page” popups in Chrome?

Is there a way to disable the Are you sure you want to leave this page? message on a website? I'm using Chrome.
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When is a download registered as such?

When viewing images on google images, one might accidentally click on "save image as", or "view image" (which somehow sometimes prompts a download as well). This then opens a window asking if you want ...
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How to clear cached redirects in Chrome

How do you clear cached redirects in Chrome? I changed the DNS for a domain name and when I go to mydomain.com. Even though ping mydomain.com now shows it resolves to the correct IP, if I type in "...
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Is there a way to view Google Chrome browsing history past three months ago?

I'm trying to find a page I looked at months ago but it looks like it's disappeared off the face of the planet. I thought I would have better luck looking through my Google Chrome browsing history, ...
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Why does CTRL-click not open some links in a new tab?

Sometimes while browsing, I'll ctrl-click a link to open it in a new tab. However, instead of opening in a new tab, it gets clicked and browsed to in the current tab as if I had clicked it normally ...
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Can I disable infinite scroll for all sites?

I hate sites with infinite scrolling, mostly because they use up all my RAM. Is there any way to convince websites not to load this way? Maybe a browser extension that turns it back into separate ...
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How to open/browse an mbox file?

Specifically an Apple Mail .mbox file. I'm looking for a way to browse the emails it contains short of just importing it back into Apple Mail and cluttering up my currents emails. I don't mind having ...
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How to automate setting Chrome as default browser in Windows 10

I've tried setting default in the reg keys: hkeycu>software>microsoft>windows>shell>associations>urlassociations>http and https. Tried using master_preference file. Tried using ...
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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 do I select middle part of a hyper link?

How do I select a middle part of an hyper-link as you see in the image above? You can also suggest me a browser extension or a userscript that converts all links to text in a selected sub part of the ...
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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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