How to Set Galaxy Tab Browser Controls and Settings - dummies

How to Set Galaxy Tab Browser Controls and Settings

By Dan Gookin

More options and settings and controls exist for the Browser app than just about any other app on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It’s complex. Rather than bore you with every dang doodle detail, here are just a few of the options worthy of your attention.

Set a home page on the Galaxy Tab Browser

The home page is the first page you see when you start the Browser app, and it’s the first page that’s loaded when you fire up a new tab. To set your home page, heed these directions:

  1. Browse to the page you want to set as the home page.

  2. Touch the Menu icon button.


  3. Choose Settings.

    The Settings screen appears.

  4. Choose General on the left side of the screen.

  5. Choose Set Home Page.

  6. Touch the Current Page button.

  7. Touch OK.

    The home page is set.

If you want your home page to be blank (not set to any particular web page), type about:blank in the text box instead of touching the Current Page button. That’s the word about, a colon, and then the word blank, with no period at the end and no spaces in the middle. A blank home page is the fastest web page to load.

Change the way the web looks on the Galaxy Tab

You can do a few things to improve the way the web looks on your Galaxy Tab. First and foremost, don’t forget that you can orient the device horizontally and vertically, which rearranges the way a web page is displayed.

From the Settings screen, you can also adjust the zoom setting used to display a web page. Heed these steps when using the Browser app:

  1. Touch the Menu icon button.


  2. Choose Settings.

  3. Choose Advanced from the left side of the screen.

  4. On the right side of the screen, choose Default Zoom.

  5. Choose a setting.

    There are three options: Far, Medium, and Close for tiny, normal, and larger sized web pages, respectively.

The Close setting might not be “big” enough, so remember that you can spread your fingers to zoom in on any web page.

You can also choose the Text Size command from the Advanced screen. That command changes the way text appears on a web page. There are five settings: Tiny through Huge.

Set privacy and security options on the Tab Browser

With regard to security, be smart and think before doing anything questionable on the web. Use common sense.

One of the most effective ways that the Bad Guys win is by using human engineering to try to trick you into doing something you normally wouldn’t do, such as click a link to see a cute animation or a racy picture of a celebrity or politician. As long as you use your noggin, you should be safe.

As far as the Galaxy Tab’s browser settings go, most of the security options are already enabled for you, including the blocking of pop-up windows.

If web page cookies concern you, you can clear them from the Settings window. Touch the Menu icon and choose Settings. Then choose Privacy & Security from the left side of the screen. Touch the option Clear All Cookie Data.

You can also choose the command Clear Form Data and remove the check mark from Remember Forum Data. These two settings prevent any text you’ve typed into a text field from being summoned automatically by someone who may steal your Tab.