Browser Settings

You have quite a bit of control over your browser experience. From within Browser, press the physical Menu button, then press More, and then Settings, and you'll see the settings page, as shown in Figure 10-10. There are roughly two pages of settings in Android 2.1.

Some of the more important ones include the default page zoom. Adjust this to fit your eyesight and preferences. You can also specify web pages to always display horizontally and choose to shrink pages down for better phone display. If bandwidth is an issue in your area, you can also opt not to display pictures at all by unchecking the box next to "Load images."

There are also security choices. You can choose to have the Browser app remember form data and store passwords. Technically, it is more secure to not store your password within the browser, but if you already use a security lock on your phone, storing the passwords might be a necessary evil to avoid the frustration of having to reenter passwords on your phone—especially secure passwords with capital letters, punctuation, and numbers.

Figure 10-10. Page content settings

The settings here also allow you to give location data to web sites that ask for it. This can help you out for finding local restaurants in search results or entering location data when you make a blog entry. However, you must approve location requests on a perweb site basis, and you can revoke them by clicking "Clear location access." Clear individual location permissions by clicking "Website settings" in the Advanced Settings section.

You can also allow JavaScript and browser plug-ins. While Android supports plug-ins, at this point the list of available plug-ins is pretty short. Allowing plug-ins is also an all-or-nothing deal at this time, but as the Browser app becomes more sophisticated, that may change.

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