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Setting PilotPointer as your homepage

Firefox users
1. Select Tools on the menu bar
2. Select Options
3. Click on the 'General' tab
4. Type http://www.pilotpointer.com in the 'Home Page' box
5. Click OK

Chrome/Chromium users
1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar
2. Add the home button to the browser toolbar (Homepage button is off by default)
3. Select the 'Show Home button' checkbox in the 'Appearance' section to show it on the browser toolbar
4. When the 'Show Home button' checkbox is selected, a web address appears below it. Click Change and enter http://www.pilotpointer.com

Safari users
1. Select the General tab from the Preferences menu
2. Type http://www.pilotpointer.com in the 'Home page' box

Edge / Internet Explorer users
Easy: click here and select Yes

Or manually:
1. Select Tools on the menu bar
2. Select Internet Options....
3. Highlight the Address field in the Home Page section (on the General tab)
4. type www.pilotpointer.com
5. Click OK

Opera users
1. Click Menu
2. Select 'Settings'
3. Select 'Preferences'
4. Type http://www.pilotpointer.com in the 'Home page' box
5. Click OK



Finding information in large documents

To find specific words or phrases in large single-page documents, you can use your browser's search function:

The search function in these browsers is easiest accessible by hitting Ctrl-F on the keyboard (PC users), or Command-F on the Mac.



Printing and saving documents

Frames are used on some web sites for easy navigation. If you'd like to print or save a document that's on a page that uses frames, first make sure that particular part of the screen is 'focused'. You can focus by clicking once in a neutral (not a link) part of the document you want to print or save to disk. You can then proceed as normal for printing or saving documents.



Browser type

Make sure you have a modern browser that supports the latest web technologies. We recommend the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera or Microsoft's Edge. If you want to know more about these browsers or if you'd like to download one of them, you'll find the links towards them in the list below:



Browser settings

First of all make sure your browser is set to check for changes in webpages every time you start your browser, or every time you visit a page. Otherwise you could be loading obsolete, locally stored, versions of pages and images every time you revisit a page. These settings can be checked and changed in the browser's options/preferences menu.



JavaScript

Your browser needs to support JavaScript in order to make optimum use of most modern web sites. The above mentioned browsers do so and JavaScript is normally enabled by default. If it's not, for any reason, check your options/preferences menu to enable it.



Cookies

A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from a web server or a web-page script and stored on your computer's hard drive. Our use of cookies allows your computer system to 'recognize' the PilotPointer.com web site and add your personal links to the main page. Also we use cookies to assist you in filling out some of our forms, before they are sent to our server. Most web browsers are set up to accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser preferences to prevent their use.



Viewing PDF, TIFF and other files

Whenever your browser cannot handle a certain file type by itself, it will normally ask you what to do with it. You'll be presented the options to save the file to disk, or to open it. In case you decide to open it right away, you'll need a suitable piece of software that can handle the specific file-format. In case of the frequently encountered PDF and TIFF file-formats you'll need specialized viewer software. Some viewers act as a browser-'plugin' and will open their assigned file type(s) automatically in the browser's window. Other viewers will open their own separate window for viewing. In case you decide to save the file for later use, just be sure you'll be able to find it later on. You could, for instance, put the file on your system's desktop so you don't have to remember where you've put it. From there you can view, change, move, or trash it. There are many good viewers around nowadays. One that is widely used and will open almost any file is the freeware application 'Irfanview (www.irfanview.com)' for computers running the Windows operating system. Check out www.tucows.com or www.download.com to find a viewer of your choice and operating system. Our recommendation for PDF software goes to the Foxit PDF reader, freely downloadable at www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/. Alternatively the Adobe Acrobat PDF viewer is a good choice for modern computers although it is generally slower and a much larger dowload. It can be found at the following URL: www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html. GNU/Linux users should consider Evince for this purpose, which can be found in most repositories.



Clock settings

Often when you see a time or date appear on your screen these data are based on your computer's internal clock settings. Therefore make sure the time and date of your computer's internal clock are properly set as well as the timezone that you are in. There's some real nice software available on the Web that can synchronize your computer's clock time with an atomic clock whenever you are online. This software however is not able to detect your timezone and therefore you'll have to enter the timezone manually to get the right readout whenever you're in a different timezone.



If you feel something should be changed or added to the information on this page, please let us know via our feedback page. Thank you.


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