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None of these browsers support CSS (also known as "Style Sheets") very well, although they some have CSS *options* built in. Having CSS enabled in any of these browsers will often result in slow page load times, and garbled text and graphics once loading has finished. For best performance, you may want to disable CSS in each browser. This will make the pages display using only old-fashioned HTML. The benefit of this is that all information will display quickly and in a readable fashion. The downside (or upside, depending on your opinion) is CSS-heavy pages will not layout correctly. Think of it as giving pages a more nostalgic look, since all the pages end up displaying as they would have in the early days of the internet. Thus, for each CSS-aware browser provided on System 7 Today you will find CSS disabling instructions below.


To turn off CSS in iCab 2.9.9, follow these steps:

  • Launch iCab.
  • Choose "Preferences..." from the "Edit" menu.
  • Scroll towards the middle of the pane on the left and choose "StyleSheets" from the "Web Content" group.
  • Deselect "Enable Style Sheets" near the top of the window.
  • Click "OK"

Internet Explorer:

To turn off CSS in IE 5.0.2, follow these steps:

  • Launch Internet Explorer.
  • Select "Preferences" from the "Edit" menu.
  • Choose "Web Content" from the "Web Browser" drop-down category in the pane on the left.
  • Deselect "Show style sheets" from the "Page Content" frame in the center of the window.
  • Click "OK"

Netscape Communicator:

To turn off CSS in Netscape 4.8, follow these steps:

  • Launch Netscape Communicator.
  • Choose "Preferences" from the "Edit" menu.
  • Scroll towards the bottom of the "Category" pane and choose "Advanced"
  • Deselect "Enable style sheets" towards the middle of the window.
  • Click "OK"

Opera 5:

To turn off CSS in Opera 5, follow these steps:

  • Launch Opera.
  • Choose "Preferences..." from the "Edit" menu.
  • Scroll towards the middle of the pane on the left and choose "Page Styles"
  • Deselect both checkboxes for "Document CSS" as well as both checkboxes for "My style sheet"
  • Click "OK"

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