The Options Screen allows you to set and modify many Lynx features:

Advanced (User Mode) Options


When OFF, the default bookmark file is used for the 'v'iew-bookmarks and 'a'dd-bookmark link commands. If set to STANDARD, a menu of available bookmarks is always invoked when you seek to view a bookmark file or add a link, and you select the bookmark file by its letter token in that menu. If set to ADVANCED, you are instead prompted for the letter of the desired bookmark file, but can enter '=' to invoke the STANDARD selection menu, or RETURN for the default bookmark file.

Bookmark file

If non-empty and multi-bookmarks is OFF,
it specifies your default 'Bookmark file'.

If multi-bookmarks is STANDARD or ADVANCED,
entering 'B' will invoke a menu in which you can specify
filepaths and descriptions of upto 26 bookmark files.
The filepaths must be from your home directory and begin with './'
if subdirectories are included (e.g. './BM/lynx_bookmarks.html').

Lynx will create bookmark files when you first 'a'dd a link,
but any subdirectories in the filepath must already exist.

FTP sort criteria

This allows you to specify how files will be sorted within FTP listings. The current options include `By Filename', `By Size', `By Type', `By Date'.

Personal Mail Address

You may set your mail address here so that when mailing messages to other people or mailing files to yourself, your email address can be automatically filled in. Your email address will also be sent to HTTP servers in a `from:' field.

Searching type

If set to 'case sensitive', user searches invoked by '/' will be case-sensitive substring searches. Default is 'Case Insensitive'.

Preferred Document Language

The language you prefer if multi-language files are available from servers. Use RFC 1766 tags, e.g. `en' English, `fr' French.

Preferred Document Charset

The character set you prefer if sets in addition to ISO-8859-1 and US-ASCII are available from servers. Use MIME notation (e.g. ISO-8859-2) and do not include ISO-8859-1 or US-ASCII, since those values are always assumed by default. Can be a comma-separated list (as previous), and you can use `q factors' (as previous).

Display Character set

This allows you to set up the default character set for your specific terminal. The display character set provides a mapping from the character encodings of viewed documents and from HTML entities into viewable characters. It should be set according to your terminal's character set so that characters other than 7-bit ASCII can be displayed correctly, using approximations if necessary. You must have the selected character set installed on your terminal. Since Lynx now supports a wide range of platforms it may be useful to note that cpXXX codepages are used within IBM PC computers, and windows-xxxx within native MS-Windows applications.

Raw 8-bit or CJK mode

This is set automatically, but can be toggled manually in certain cases: it toggles whether 8-bit characters are assumed to correspond with the display character set and therefore are processed without translation via the chartrans conversion tables. ON by default when the display character set is one of the Asian (CJK) sets and the 8-bit characters are Kanji multibytes. OFF for the other display character sets, but can be turned ON when the document's charset is unknown (e.g. is not ISO-8859-1 and no charset parameter was specified in a reply header from an HTTP server to indicate what it is), but you have no better idea than viewing it as from display character set (see 'assumed document character set' for best choice). Should be OFF when an Asian (CJK) set is selected but the document is ISO-8859-1 or another 'assumed document character set'. The setting can also be toggled via the RAW_TOGGLE command, normally mapped to '@', and at startup via the -raw switch.

Assumed document character set

This changes the handling of documents which do not explicitly specify a charset. Normally Lynx assumes that 8-bit characters in those documents are encoded according to iso-8859-1 (the official default for HTTP protocol). Unfortunately, many non-English web pages forget to include proper charset info; this option helps you browse those broken pages if you know somehow what the charset is. When the value given here or by an -assume_charset command-line flag is in effect, Lynx will treat documents as if they were encoded accordingly. Option is active when 'Raw 8-bit or CJK Mode' is OFF.

Show color

This will be present if color support is available. If set to ON or ALWAYS, color mode will be forced on if possible. If (n)curses color support is available but cannot be used for the current terminal type, selecting ON is rejected with a message. If set to OFF or NEVER, color mode will be turned off. ALWAYS and NEVER are not offered in anonymous accounts. If saved to a '.lynxrc' file in non-anonymous accounts, ALWAYS will cause Lynx to set color mode on at startup if supported. If Lynx is built with slang, this is equivalent to having included the -color command line switch or having the COLORTERM environment variable set. If color support is provided by curses or ncurses, this is equivalent to the default behavior of using color when the terminal type supports it. If (n)curses color support is available but cannot be used for the current terminal type, the preference can still be saved but will have no effect. A saved value of NEVER will cause Lynx to assume a monochrome terminal at start-up. It is similar to the -nocolor switch, but (when the slang library is used) can be overridden with the -color switch. If the setting is OFF or ON when the current options are saved to a '.lynxrc' file, the default start-up behavior is retained, such that color mode will be turned on at startup only if the terminal info indicates that you have a color-capable terminal, or (when slang is used) if forced on via the -color switch or COLORTERM variable. This default behavior always is used in anonymous accounts, or if the 'option'_save restriction is set explicitly. If for any reason the start-up color mode is incorrect for your terminal, set it appropriately on or off via this option.

VI keys

If set to 'ON' then the lowercase h, j, k and l keys will be mapped to left-arrow, down-arrow, up-arrow and right-arrow respectively.
The uppercase H, J, K, and L keys remain mapped to their configured bindings (normally HELP, JUMP, KEYMAP and LIST, respectively).

Emacs keys

If set to 'ON' then the CTRL-P, CTRL-N, CTRL-F and CTRL-B keys will be mapped to up-arrow, down-arrow, right-arrow and left-arrow respectively. Otherwise, they remain mapped to their configured bindings (normally UP_TWO lines, DOWN_TWO lines, NEXT_PAGE and PREV_PAGE respectively).

Pop-ups for select fields

Lynx normally uses a pop-up window for the OPTIONs in form SELECT fields when the field does not have the MULTIPLE attribute specified, and thus only one OPTION can be selected. The use of pop-up windows can be disabled by changing this setting to OFF, in which case the OPTIONs will be rendered as a list of radio buttons. Note that if the SELECT field does have the MULTIPLE attribute specified, the OPTIONs always are rendered as a list of checkboxes.

Show cursor for current link or option

Lynx normally hides the cursor by positioning it to the right and if possible the very bottom of the screen, so that the current link or OPTION is indicated solely by its highlighting or color. If show cursor is set to ON, the cursor will be positioned at the left of the current link or OPTION. This is helpful when Lynx is being used with a speech or braille interface. It is also useful for sighted users when the terminal cannot distinguish the character attributes used to distinguish the current link or OPTION from the others in the display.

Keypad mode

This gives the choice between navigating with the keypad (as arrows; see Lynx Navigation) and having every link numbered (numbered links) so that the links may be selected by numbers instead of moving to them with the arrow keys. You can also number form fields.

Line edit style

This allows you to set alternate key bindings for the built-in line editor, if your system administrator has installed alternates. Otherwise, Lynx uses the Default Binding.

List directory style

Applies to Directory Editing.
Files and directories can be presented in the following ways:
Mixed style: Files and directories are listed together in alphabetical order.
Directories first: Files and directories are separated into 2 alphabetical lists: directories are listed first.
Files first: Files and directories are separated into 2 alphabetical lists: files are listed first.

User Mode

Novice: Shows 2 extra lines of help at the bottom of the screen for beginners.
Intermediate (normal): Normal status-line messages appear.
Advanced: The URL is shown on the status line.

Verbose Images

Controls whether or not Lynx replaces the [LINK], INLINE] and [IMAGE] comments (for images without ALT) with filenames of these images. This is extremely useful because now we can determine immediately which images are decorations (button.gif, line.gif) and which are important.

User Agent

The header string which Lynx sends to servers to indicate the User-Agent is displayed here. Changes may be disallowed via the -restrictions switch. Otherwise, the header can be changed temporarily to e.g. L_y_n_x/2.8.1 for access to sites which discriminate against Lynx based on checks for the presence of `Lynx' in the header. If changed during a Lynx session, the default User-Agent header can be restored by deleting the modified string in the Options Menu. Whenever the User-Agent header is changed, the current document is reloaded, with the no-cache flags set, on exit from Options Menu. Changes of the header are not saved in the RC file.

NOTE Netscape Communications Corp. has claimed that false transmissions of `Mozilla' as the User-Agent are a copyright infringement, which will be prosecuted. DO NOT misrepresent Lynx as Mozilla. The Options Menu issues a warning about possible copyright infringement whenever the header is changed to one which does not include `Lynx' or `lynx'.

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