How to Use Midori to Browse the Web on Your Raspberry Pi - dummies

How to Use Midori to Browse the Web on Your Raspberry Pi

By Sean McManus, Mike Cook

The Midori layout on the Raspberry Pi is similar to other browsers you might have used in the past, with a thin toolbar at the top, and most of the screen given over to the web page you’re viewing. To get started with it, either run it from the Programs menu or double-click its icon on the desktop.

[Credit: The Midori browser is written by Christian Dywan with artwork by Nancy Runge]
Credit: The Midori browser is written by Christian Dywan with artwork by Nancy Runge

If you know the address of the website you want to visit, type it into the address bar. When you start to type an address, a menu under the address bar suggests pages you’ve previously visited that might match what you want. When you’ve finished typing the address, press the Enter key or click the down arrow inside the right of the search box.

When your mouse pointer is over a link, the pointer changes to a small hand in a sleeve. You can then click the left mouse button to follow that link to another web page. Click the Back button to retrace your steps and revisit the pages you browsed before the current one. The Forward button beside it takes you forwards through your history again.

Some web pages update frequently with new information, so you can click the Reload button to download the current page again and see any updates since you first opened it.

One innovation in Midori that isn’t common in other browsers is the button to go to the next sub-page. When a website splits an article across different pages, this button gives you quick access to the next page in the series. It’s useful in web forums, which often have conversation threads that span multiple pages. The button can only be clicked when the browser has detected the next page.

How to search for and within web pages

The default search engine in Midori is called Duck Duck Go. Most search engines today track your behavior and use that to tailor their results and advertising to you. Duck Duck Go promises not to do that, and also aims to instantly deliver as many answers as possible along with its web page suggestions.

If you prefer to consult an alternative search engine, click the duck logo inside the search box to select Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, or The Free Dictionary instead.

To find a word or phrase within a web page, press Ctrl+F after the page has loaded. The Find bar opens at the bottom of the screen, with a box for you to type into. The first occurrence of the text you’re looking for is highlighted on the page in blue, and you can press the Enter key or click the Next button to move to the next one.

After that, you can click Highlight Matches in the Find bar to highlight all occurrences of the text you’re looking for in yellow.

How to use tabbed browsing

Like many other browsers today, Midori uses tabs to enable you to switch between several websites you have open at the same time. In Midori, a tab is a bit like a window that lives inside the browser with a web page in it. Click the button in the top left to add a new tab, which opens to show you Speed Dial, a page of links for quick access.

How to add and use bookmarks

Bookmarks make it easy to revisit your favorite web pages. When you click the Add Bookmark button, the New Bookmark window opens. The default name for a bookmark is the web page’s title, but you can edit it, and choose a folder to put it in.

If you click the box to show your bookmark in the toolbar, a link is shown in a strip underneath the address bar, which is handy for the sites you use every day. If you click the box to run the web page as a web application, it opens in its own window without most of the browser features. To add the bookmark, click the Add button.

[Credit: The Midori browser is written by Christian Dywan with artwork by Nancy Runge]
Credit: The Midori browser is written by Christian Dywan with artwork by Nancy Runge

The bookmarks option also enables you to add a page to Speed Dial. To do this, click the button in the middle of the Bookmarks window. If you want a bookmark too, you’ll still have to click the Add button at the bottom of it, though.

To access your bookmarks while you’re browsing, you need to open the side panel. Click the menu in the top-right, and choose Sidepanel. At the bottom of the sidepanel are three icons: a folder with a star on it for bookmarks; a clock for your history; and a parcel for transfers.

Click the Bookmarks icon and you’ll see your bookmarks in the panel. At the top of the panel are buttons to add a new bookmark, edit an existing bookmark, delete a bookmark, or create a folder to organize bookmarks.

Protect your privacy

As you know, your browser stores the history of web pages you visit. If you want to make a visit to a website without any traces being left in the browser, perhaps to plan your Christmas shopping without the risk of other family members coming across the websites you’ve visited, open a new private browsing window first.

You do this through the menu in the top right. When you are in private browsing mode, a message is shown after the web page title in the title bar at the top of your browser.

When information has already been stored in the browser, you can delete it by choosing Clear Private Data from the menu in the top right. You can choose what information you want to remove.