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    Change all web links to be 'unvisited' (Fx 3)

    I have a web-page consisting of a very large number of links, which I visit on a roughly monthly basis to check that the links are still valid.

    After I click on each link, it goes purple - visited - then will revert to the normal 'unvisited' blue after about 30 days.

    Is there any way I can force all the links to show as blue, unvisited, at any arbitrary time before the 30 days (or however long) is up?

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    Re: Change all web links to be 'unvisited' (Fx 3)

    In FF2, it is simply a matter of clearing the browser history - does that not work in FF3?

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    Re: Change all web links to be 'unvisited' (Fx 3)

    Yes, it does! Thanks!

    But is there a less blunt instrument which would work only for a single web page?

    And am I right that
    Tools -> Options -> Privacy -> History -> Keep my history for at least nn days
    (original default apparently 90) is also implicated in this feature?
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    Re: Change all web links to be 'unvisited' (Fx 3)

    Is this a web page you have created yourself?

    And yes, I believe the 'Keep history' setting is greatly implicated!

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    Re: Change all web links to be 'unvisited' (Fx 3)

    > Is this a web page you have created yourself?

    Yes, but I'm not sure that this is relevant! It is on a 'real' website. It could be any web page, in fact.
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    Re: Change all web links to be 'unvisited' (Fx 3)

    You are right, it could be, but in your original post you stated, "I have a web-page..."

    If you have control over the web page, you may be able to decide how visited links are shown. Do you want the link not to change colour at all, or reset after a smaller-than-the-keep-history number of days, or....?

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    Re: Change all web links to be 'unvisited' (Fx 3)

    I think I'm getting out of my depth here!

    Surely the colour of the links (visited/non-visited) in a webpage is dependent somehow upon one's browser settings, and has nothing (much?) to do with the actual webpage itself? In any event, I want these settings to apply only to me, and not to any other visitor to the webpage!

    The ownership of the webpage really is irrelevant - it just happens to be one I maintain, for a website I do not control, but whose owner uploads the updated web page for me roughly monthly. The same question could relate to any arbitrary webpage at all which has links therein!
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    Re: Change all web links to be 'unvisited' (Fx 3)

    It can be the page code and/or it can be your browser settings. In theory, you could set cookies so that you and you alone are recognised as having a specific style sheet, for example, which gives you the 'skin' you want.

    But if you are wanting a personal yet universal solution, I think clearing your browser history is your only option.

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    Re: Change all web links to be 'unvisited' (Fx 3)

    This is controlled by your browser and the history on that system. It has NOTHING to do with the webpage settings, while viewing the webpage in question the temp files and history will determine if the link is displayed as visited or non-visited. This is going to be the same in every browser and how and where the history and the trmp files are stored. When the history is deleted for that link then it will display as non-read.

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    Re: Change all web links to be 'unvisited' (Fx 3)

    It is possible to code a page so that visited and non-visited links appear the same colour, but I suspect John wants them to show as being visited temporarily, just not for 30 days or so.

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    Re: Change all web links to be 'unvisited' (Fx 3)

    To restore the links on a particular web page to their 'unvisited' state, you'd have to
    - Select History | Show All History...
    - Select all items that you visited from that particular web page (you can use click, Shift+click and Ctrl+click to select multiple items). This could be tedious!
    - Press Delete.
    - Refresh the web page.
    Clearing all history is probably more attractive!

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    Re: Change all web links to be 'unvisited' (Fx 3)

    Can you clarify:

    Are you looking for a solution for just this web page, or for all?
    Are you wanting links not to change colour after you have visited them immediately, or after a predetermined (shorter) period?

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    Re: Change all web links to be 'unvisited' (Fx 3)

    This extension might allow you to clear cached files for a single site: CacheViewer @ Firefox Add-ons. One review complains you have to delete the pages one by one, but perhaps it's worth a try.

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    Re: Change all web links to be 'unvisited' (Fx 3)

    Hello Mr BATcher sir

    If you are using IE why don't you use a....um...batch file like this:

    @ECHO OFF
    ECHO Cleaning Current User History Folders
    FOR /D %%G IN ("Cocuments and Settings*.*") DO DEL/S/Q/F "%%GLocal SettingsHistory*.*"
    Echo Cleaning Complete
    PAUSE
    CLS

    For Firefox

    You can change line 3 to the Firefox location using this template

    Documents and Settings[username]Local SettingsApplication DataMozillaFirefoxProfiles[profilename]Cache

    I hope you find this useful
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