Chapter 14

WebSurfer 4.12

Quick Reminder: WebSurfer is a client application for the World Wide Web, a graphical way of browsing through many kinds of Internet information sources.


  1. Launch and configure WebSurfer
  2. Visit GNN
  3. Use the Hotlist

Launch and Configure WebSurfer

  1. Make sure you are connected to the Internet -- connect with your WinSock stack, probably using Custom.
  2. Double-click on WebSurfer in program manager to launch it.
  3. From the Settings menu, choose Preferences.

    WebSurfer displays the Preferences dialog.

  4. Figure 14.22: Getting to WebSurfer Preferences.

  5. Type in the name of the Telnet and Gopher applications, if you have them, into the Helper Applications Filenames dialog. Otherwise, you can just leave them blank.
  6. Figure 14.23: Preferences dialog.

  7. Click on the OK button to save your changes.

Visit GNN

  1. From the Retrieve menu, choose Go To URL.
  2. In the box labeled URL, type
  3. Figure 14.24: WebSurfer Go To Document window.

  4. Click the OK button to connect to the GNN Web server.
  5. Figure 14.25: GNN Subscriber Information Web page.

Use the Hotlist

NOTE: The hotlist is a list of places to which you have saved pointers, in case you might want to return to certain Web sites later. WebSurfer comes preloaded with a pointer to the NetManage Web server.

  1. From the Retrieve menu, choose Add To Hotlist

    WebSurfer adds to your Hotlist.

  2. Figure 14.26: Getting to Add To Hotlist.

  3. From the Retrieve menu, choose Hotlist.

    WebSurfer brings up the WebSurfer - Hotlist - Favorite Places window with the GNN server in the list.

  4. Figure 14.27: WebSurfer Hotlist window.

  5. To see the hotlist work, click on NetManage World Wide Web Server and you will be transported to the NetManage Web site (see figure 14.28). If you'd like to demonstrate the addition that you just made to the Hotlist, repeat the process choosing the GNN server.

Figure 14.28: NetManage Web site.

Those are the essentials of using WebSurfer. The whole beauty of the World Wide Web and the various browsers is ease of use. If I had to write up seven or eight pages of text to describe how to navigate in the Web, I would sense a serious problem with this model. Happily, that is not the case, and most of the actions that you can take in WebSurfer are clear and simple. I just love programs like that.

We've created an Internet Starter Kit for Windows Home Page that contains many useful links. To access it, either use the link from the default home page that WebSurfer comes set to use, or go directly to: