The KDE Rekonq Web Browser

Rekonq is the new default Web browser for KDE (see http://reconq.sourceforge.net for more details). Rekonq is based on the WebKit layout engine, like Chrome and Apple’s Safari. It provides full integration with the KDE Desktop for tasks such as editing and file management.

A navigation bar lets you move through accessed pages on a tab, refresh a site, or enter the address of a new site. On the right side of the navigation bar is a menu button that displays Rekonq browser operations such as open, save, print, panels to display, help, and configuration. The History and Bookmark entries can be displayed in panels to the left of the web site tabs. Rekonq also supports private browsing which keeps no history record, and a Clear Private Data option to remove browsing information and history.

Like Chrome, Rekonq is tab based. Tabs can be reordered with a click-and-drag of their tab thumbnails. To close a tab, click its x button to the right of its name. You add new tabs by clicking on the new tab button to the right of an open tab. The new tab opens to the Favorites page. Should you ever want to return to the Favorites page, just open a new tab.

The Favorites page shows a button bar across the top that lets you choose Favorites, Closed Tabs, Bookmarks, History, and Downloads. Favorites displays icons of your favorite sites, initially showing Google, Kubuntu, KDE UserBase, and KDE Community Forums. Click the Add Favorite button to the right to add a favorite site of your own. A blank icon appears. Click on it to display a button labeled “Set to This Page” and the notice “Please open up the webpage you want to add as favorite.” You then enter the site you want to use in the navigation bar and click on the “Set to This Page” button to add that page as the favorite. On the Favorites page the site previewed in the new favorites icon you set up. To remove a favorite, move to that icon and click on the red x that appears to the right of the favorite’s name.

The History tab displays your previous history, with a Clear Private Data button to the right, which you can click to clear your history components such as visited pages, downloads, cookies, and cached pages. To reopen closed tabs, use the Closed Tabs tab. Downloads lists your recent downloads.

You add a page as a bookmark by right-clicking on it and choosing Add Bookmark or by pressing Ctrl-b. The bookmark appears on the Bookmark toolbar located above the tabs. The Bookmarks tab accessed from the Favorites page also lists your bookmarks. Click the Edit Bookmarks button to open the Bookmark Editor, which lets you organize your bookmarks, setting up folders for them, deleting bookmarks, or importing bookmarks from other browsers. You can also add new bookmarks or change the names and icons of current ones.

To configure Rekonq, select Configure Rekonq from a Rekonq window Settings menu. The General tab specifies the page displayed on Rekonq at start up, the default being a new tab page. You can set it to your home page or last opened pages. Set your home page in the Home page URL text box. The Tabs tab determines new tab behavior such as displaying your Favorites page in a new tab or opening links in a new tab. Appearance is where you set the default font and font size. WebKit sets WebKit and Plugin settings such as image loading, java support, and storage use. Network controls your cache, cookies, and proxy settings. Ad Block filters ads, which is enabled by default. Shortcuts sets up keyboard shortcuts for Rekonq tasks like those for navigation or tab operations. Web Shortcuts lets you specify your default search provider.

Note: The older Konqueror Web browser is still available and you can installed from the Ubuntu repository (see http://www.konqueror.org/ for more details).

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