Changing default colours used in your browser

On this page: Instructions for changing the default colours in some common browsers.

If you want to use your own stylesheets, you should also see my sample stylesheets. (If anyone would like to send me instructions for other browsers I'd be very pleased to add them.)

Browser To change the page colours
Opera 7 Use the File - Preferences menu and select the Fonts - Page style item in the tree at the left. Change the background colour here, and use the Fonts item if you want to set the font colour (Normal is the base, so change that first). The My link style button lets you set link appearance.

If you want to use your own stylesheet to format pages, choose the one you want to use.

There are some more check boxes you can use to control exactly how your pages look: see the program help for details if you are interested

Netscape Navigator 6, 7 Use the View - Text Size menu to change size.

Use the Edit - Preferences menu and select the Colors item in the Appearance tree. Here you can select text, link and background colours you want. Select the Use my chosen colors... option to use these colours always.

Mozilla Use the Edit - Preferences menu and select the Colors item in the Appearance tree. Here you can select text, link and background colours you want. Select the Use my chosen colors... option to use these colours always.
Mozilla Firefox Use the Tools - Options menu. Click the Web features icon at the left, then use the Fonts & Colors button, where you can select text and link colours. Tick Always use my fonts/colours to use these colours always.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5, 5.5 and 6 Use the Tools - Internet Options - General tab, and select the Colors button. Here you can select text, link and background colours you want. Use the Accessibility button, and select the Ignore colors specified on web pages check box to use these colours always.

If you want to use your own stylesheet to format pages, select the Format documents using my style sheet check box, and browse for the one you want to use

Opera 4 and 5 Use the File - Preferences menu and select the Documents item in the tree at the left. Select each element you want to change in turn, from the User fonts and colours list (Normal is the base, so change that first). By using the ... button to the right, you can specify a font colour. Background colour is specified underneath the list. Then use the button at the bottom of the window to toggle between document and user settings, to see the changes.

If you want to use your own stylesheet to format pages, browse for the one you want to use.

There are some more check boxes you can use to control exactly how your pages look: see the program help for details if you are interested

Netscape Navigator 4.n Use the Edit - Preferences menu, and select the Colors item to the left. Then you can select the default text, link and background colours you want. (If you can't change the colours, make sure the Use Windows Colors check box isn't selected.)

Then select the Always use my colors... check box (unless you want to see font and background colours specified by page authors). This setting does not affect table backgrounds amongst other things, and makes no difference to this site because of the way it was designed.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 Use the View - Internet Options - General tab, and select the Colors button. Here you can select the default text, link and background colours you want. (If you can't change the colours, make sure the Use Windows colors check box isn't selected.) Then use the Accessibility button, and select the Ignore colors specified on web pages check box.

If you want to use your own stylesheet for format pages, select the Format documents using my style sheet check box, and browse for the one you want to use

Opera 3.6 Use the Preferences - Document Appearance menu and select each element you want to change in turn (Normal is the base, so change that first). By using the ... button to the right, you can specify a font colour. Background colour is specified underneath the list. Then use the button at the bottom of the window to toggle between document and user settings, to see the changes.

If you want to use your own stylesheet to format pages, browse for the one you want to use.

There are some more check boxes you can use to control exactly how your pages look: see the program help for details if you are interested

Netscape Navigator 3 Use the Options - General Preferences - Colors tab. Here you can select the default text, link and background colours you want. (If you can't change the colours, make sure the Use Windows Colors check box isn't selected.)

Then select the Always Use My Colors, Overriding Document check box (unless you want to see font and background colours specified by page authors). This setting does not alter everything, for example table backgrounds

Microsoft Internet Explorer 3 Use the View - Options - General tab, and select the text, background and link colours you want to use. (If you can't change the colours, make sure the Use Windows Colors check box isn't selected.) Unfortunately, there is no option to ignore style sheets, so some colours will not change
Mosaic No options to change the defaults
Lynx Use the Options menu to toggle the Use Colors option, to switch between colour and monochrome display schemes