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KompoZer Preferences

KompoZer has several important settings in the Preferences panel. Users can set the preferences depending on their requirements and KompoZer will respect the setting everytime the user starts and uses it.

This section describes the settings in the KompoZer preferences panel. If you are not currently viewing the panel, follow these steps:

  1. Click on Tools > Preferences file menu (Mozilla menu on Mac OS X) items to open Preferences(Options) panel.
  2. Click the KompoZer category to view the corresponding settings available for customization.

For information on KompoZer's publishing settings, see Publishing Settings section.

General Settings

General preferences allow you to specify settings for saving files and for table editing. These settings apply to every document you create.

If you are not already viewing the KompoZer general preferences, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Edit menu (Mozilla menu on Mac OS X) and choose Preferences.
  2. Click the General category on the category sidebar.

Recent Pages Menu

Maximum number of pages listed: Specify the maximum number of pages that are listed under Recent Pages in the File menu.

When Saving or Publishing Pages

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Table Editing

Maintain table layout when inserting or deleting cells: Select this if you want KompoZer to always preserve the table's layout (that is, keep it in a rectangular shape) by adding cells where needed. If you deselect this option, when you delete one or more cells, KompoZer removes the cell border as well, which can result in a table with empty spaces, or an outline that appears irregular due to an uneven number of cells.

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Cascading Style Sheets(CSS) Editing

Use CSS styles instead of HTML elements and attributes: Enables the use of Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) formatting in your KompoZer documents. With this preference enabled, KompoZer generates HTML 4.01 formatting with CSS inline styles for elements.

If this preference is not enabled, KompoZer generates HTML 4.01 formatting, but does not use CSS styles.

Compared to HTML, HTML with CSS formatting is more portable, more maintainable, and more compatible when viewed with different browsers. If you enable this preference and then edit a document created without CSS, KompoZer replaces the edited elements with CSS styles.

If you enable CSS styles, you can choose a text highlight color for selected text using the text highlight color button on the Format toolbar. You can also choose a color background for any element on the page. (These features are not available if this preference is not enabled.)

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Site Manager

Always open a document in a new tab: Select this if you want to open documents in new tabs when using the Site Manager. If unchecked, double clicking on filenames in the Site Manager will open the files in new windows.

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Fonts displayed in KompoZer are either the program defaults or the user can define their own.

Fonts for

Font family can be defined in the Fonts for: section of KompoZer Preferences. To change the default typeface:

  1. From the Fonts for drop-down list, choose a character set. For instance, to set default fonts for the Western (Roman) character set, choose Western.
  2. Select whether proportional text should be serif (like "Times New Roman") or sans-serif (like "Arial"). Then specify the font size you want for proportional text.
  3. Specify the font to use for Serif, Sans-serif, Cursive Fantasy and Monospace font families. You can also change the size for Monospace fonts.

You can also choose the Minimum font size you want to display. Setting a minimum font size can be helpful when editing pages with very small fonts which would be hard to read if this option is not set.

You can also specify the display resolution, which is normally 96 dpi. You can set it to one of the predefined options e.g. 72dpi, or 96dpi or you can either set it to System Setting or set it manually using the Other... option.

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New Page Settings

New page settings allow you to specify settings for colors and background images that apply to every document you create.

If you are not already viewing the New Page Settings, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Tools menu (Mozilla menu on Mac OS X) and choose Preferences.
  2. Click on the New Page Settings icon on the category sidebar


Enter your name. This will add your name to the HTML source code for each new page you create. Your name will be added in the <head> section of the web page and will not be visible on the web page.

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Default Page Appearance

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Advanced Settings


This section describes how to use the Proxies preferences panel. If you're not already viewing it, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Edit menu (KompoZer menu on Mac OS X) and choose Preferences.
  2. Under the Advanced category, click Proxies. (If no subcategories are visible, double-click Advanced to expand the list.)

The Proxies preferences panel allows you to set up KompoZer to use a proxy:

Before you start: Ask your network administrator if you have a proxy configuration file or for the names and port numbers of the proxy.

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Return Key Behaviour

The option "Return in a paragraph always creates new paragraph" defines the behaviour of the return key. Choosing it creates a new paragraph if you hit the "Return" key while typing in a paragraph. Without this option <br> tags are added for carriage returns.

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Real-time Spellcheck

Checking the option "Underline misspelled words" will enable the real-time spell checker built into KompoZer to underline misspelled words, thus giving the user a visual clue to recheck the spellings.

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Special Characters

This options allow the user to choose which special characters are coded as entities by KompoZer. Choose one of the option:

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TeliuTe, 07 July 2009

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