What is power browsing in the AOL Desktop v10.1 browser?

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What is power browsing in the AOL Desktop v10.1 browser?

The Power Browsing features in the AOL® Desktop Browser include several different actions and utilities which may be performed on a Web page. Power browsing can highlight links, change the appearance of the browser, provide useful utilities, and even let you have fun.

Power Browsing features affect only the current Web page. The Power Browsing features disappear once you have refreshed, closed, or navigated past the Web page. Power Browsing features do not affect plug-in media files, such as advertisements created with Flash® or QuickTime®.

Note: If the images are different from what you see on your computer, you do not have the latest version of AOL® Desktop software. Please install the latest version of AOL Desktop v10.1 software.

Power Browsing features include:

  • Who Owns This Web Site?: Provides information about the owner of a Web site.
  • Show All Links as Full URLs: Displays the actual URL Web address for all hyperlinks.
  • Highlight Links to Other Web Sites: Highlights text links - links to pages within the current Web site have yellow highlighting and links to pages on other Websites have red highlighting.
  • Page Display: Multiple page display options to make a Web page more accessible include yellow highlighting of all links, page zoom features, making the page high contrast, and removing background images.
  • Utilities: This includes listing all links on a Web page in a new window, a text search feature, and a Web search feature based on selected text on a Web page.
  • Just for Fun: Three page display options designed to tickle your funny bone.
  • Add Your Own Menu Item: Allows you to add your own Javascript® tools to the Power Browsing menu.
  • Manage Power Browsing Tools: Allows you to edit or delete items you added to the Power Browsing menu.
  • Undo Power Browsing: Resets the Web page to its normal state.

How do I access the Power Browsing Features?

You can "zoom in" to get a close-up view of your document or "zoom out" to see more of the page at a reduced size.

To access Power Browsing features:

Right-click the Web page, select Power Browsing, and then click the desired option.

To turn off all Power Browsing features:

Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, and then click Undo Power Browsing.

Note: In AOL Desktop v10.1 Browser, you can also access the Power Browsing menu by clicking the Tools menu.

FAQs

Get Information About the Web site Owner
Display the Full URL of All Hyperlinks on a Web Page
Highlight Text Hyperlinks
Reduce or Enlarge a Web Page with Zoom Options
Turn Off the Display of Background Images
Create a List of All Hyperlinks
Use Search Features to Find Text or New Web Pages
Have Fun With a Web Page
Add, Edit, or Remove Your Additions to the Power Browsing Menu
Restore a Web Page to Its Original State

Get Information About the Web site Owner

The Who Owns This Web site? option opens a new Whois tab or window, depending on your browser settings, that displays information about domains registered in the NetworkSolutions® WHOIS database.

To get information about the owner of a Web site:

Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, and then click Who Owns This Web site?.

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Display the Full URL of All Hyperlinks on a Web Page

Often, hyperlinks are images, or hyperlink text displayed on a Web page doesn't match the actual URL of the Web page to which it is linked. When you want to know exactly where the hyperlinks on a Web page will take you, use the Show All Links as Full URLs option.

Note: This feature may substantially change the way a Web page displays.

To display the full URL of all hyperlinks on a Web page:
Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, and then click Show All Links as Full URLs.

Highlight Text Hyperlinks

The Power Browsing features include two options that highlight text hyperlinks. One highlights all hyperlinks with the color yellow. The other highlights links to pages within the current Web site with the green color and links to other Web sites with the orange color.

To highlight all links with a single color:

Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, select Page Display, and then click Highlight Links.

To highlight links to outside Web sites with a different color than that for links within the current Web site:
Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, and then click Highlight Links to Other Web Sites.

Reduce or Enlarge a Web Page with Zoom Options

The Zoom options allow you to reduce or enlarge the current Web page. When you "zoom in", you can see details or read text that is too small. When you "zoom out," you can see a miniaturized version of a Web page, allowing you to see more of a large page.

To enlarge a Web page:

Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, select Page Display, and then click Zoom Page In.

To reduce a Web page:

Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, select Page Display, and then click Zoom Page Out.

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Turn Off the Display of Background Images

Sometimes background images may make a Web page seem cluttered. The Power Browsing feature's option to remove background images allows you turn off the display of distracting background images.

To turn off the display of background images:
Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, select Page Display, and then click Remove Background Images.

Create a List of All Hyperlinks

The AOL Desktop v10.1 Browser's Power Browsing features include the option to open a new window with a list of all hyperlinks on a Web page. You can click any link in the list to open it in a new browser window. You can also print the list, or copy and paste part or all of it into a document for future reference.

To create a list of all hyperlinks on a Web page:
Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, select Utilities, and then click List Links on This Page.

Use Search Features to Find Text or New Web Pages

The AOL Desktop v10.1 Browser's Power Browsing features include options to add a small search utility to the top of any page, or to use text on a Web page as the basis for a Web search.

The search utility tool can start searching for text you've specified from the current cursor position, or it can highlight all instances of the text found on the page.

To search for text on the current Web page:
1. Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, select Utilities, and then click Find in This Page. A search utility feature will be displayed at the top of the page.

2. In the Find box, type the text for which to search.

3. Optionally, check the Match Case box to search only for text that exactly matches the capitalization of the text you typed.

4. Click Find to find the next instance of the text you specified.

Note: Click Highlight to highlight all instances of the text.

To remove the search utility tool from the current Web page:
Click X on the search utility tool.

Now, searching the Web for more information about something you've found on a Web page is easier than ever. Just highlight the text and use the Power Browsing feature's Web search option to start your search. A new browser window will be opened to the AOL® search results page for the term you highlighted.

To search the Web for text you've highlighted on the current Web page:
Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, select Utilities, and then click Search Selected Text.

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Have Fun With a Web Page

When you're feeling playful, you can have fun changing the way a Web page is displayed.

To make a page blurry:
Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, select Just for Fun, and then click I Need Glasses.

To display a page as a mirror image of itself:
Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, select Just for Fun, and then click I Need a Mirror.

To display a page upside down:
Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, select Just for Fun, and then click Flip My Monitor Over.

Note: Remember that plug-in media files, such as those created with Flash and QuickTime, are not affected by Power Browsing features, so their display will not be affected when you select these options.

Add, Edit, or Remove Your Additions to the Power Browsing Menu

The Power Browsing features include tools that will let you add options to the Power Browsing menu, as well as to edit or delete any additions you've made the menu. In order to add an option to the Power Browsing menu, you will need to have JavaScript code that performs the action you want to add.

Note: There are many free and commercial sources for JavaScript code to perform many actions. If you use a third party code make sure you have obtained it from a trusted source and that you understand the function it will perform.

To add a new option to the Power Browsing menu:
1. Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, and then click Add Your Own Menu Item to open the Add Your Own Power Browsing window.

2. In the Script Name: box, type the name you want listed in the Power Browsing menu.

3. In the Javascript: box, type the JavaScript code that will perform the action you want when you choose the new option from the Power Browsing menu.

4. Click Save.

Your new menu item will be added to the Power Browsing menu.

To edit an item you added to the Power Browsing menu:
1. Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, and then click Manage Power Browsing Tools to open the Manage Power Browsing window.

2. Click to highlight the item you want to edit, and then click Edit.

3. In the Script Name: box, type your changes to the name.

4. In the Javascript: box, update the Javascript code, and then click Save

5. Click X in the top right of the Manage Power Browsing window.

To delete an item you added to the Power Browsing menu:
1. Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, and then click Manage Power Browsing Tools to open the Manage Power Browsing window.

2. Click to highlight the item you want to delete, and then click Delete.

3. Click X in the top right corner of the Manage Power Browsing window.

Restore a Web Page to Its Original State

To restore a page to its original state:
Right click the Web page, select Power Browsing, and then click Undo Power Browsing.

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Last updated: 03-24-2011
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