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Galeon at a glance

Getting Galeon is fairly simple. Just go over to the Homepage of Galeon. In order to get it working you need to have two pieces of software - one is Galeon itself and the second is Mozilla. As mentioned earlier, Galeon is based on the Gecko engine that forms the core of Mozilla. In addition to these you will also need to have Gnome and GTK support libraries installed on your system. The Galeon homepage will help you figure out what you need to download for your distribution. Once you get the files, install Mozilla and then install Galeon. If you are using Gnome, Galeon will create a link for itself in your Launcher menu, otherwise you can always start it by running the file /usr/bin/galeon. Now that you've got Galeon up and running, lets see what its all about.


Galeon has a simple but very functional interface. You can move around the toolbars to suit your tastes, for instance we have moved our URL toolbar onto a separate line (the default option has it stuck with the navigation buttons). Galeon works just like any other browser, so type in your favourite site and browse away. (See image below)


A really nifty feature that you'll find on the toolbar is the zoom level, which is normally set at the default 100 percent. If you ever come across sites with really small fonts, just zoom in and things will be much more readable. It works the other way as well - zoom out is also supported.


Like any browser worth its salt, Galeon comes with robust bookmarking facilities. There is a whole pull down menu for bookmarks, which lets you do everything from importing Netscape/Mozilla bookmarks to starting the feature packed Bookmark editor. Galeon stores previously browsed sites for you in what it calls the Automatic Bookmarks section. It's a useful feature in case you forget to bookmark an interesting site and later can't remember the URL. You can use the bookmark editor to pull it out of Automatic Bookmarks and continue working. (See image below)


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