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Q: PC use ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: PC use
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: edmill63-ga
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Posted: 12 Jun 2003 07:32 PDT
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Question ID: 216445
How do I change a used URL pink color back to an unused blue color?
Subject: Re: PC use
Answered By: poe-ga on 12 Jun 2003 07:40 PDT

As you correctly note, the colour on your page is determined by
whether the link has been followed or not.

The colour of URLs in web pages is controlled by the BODY tag which
you can find very close to the top of the source code of any HTML web
page. Right click on any page and choose View Source or similar. The
source code of most pages will begin with something like the

  <TITLE>My Example Title</TITLE>

As you can see, there are a few different fields in the BODY tag. The
word describes what the field does (for instance TEXT) and the number
sets the colour (for example #000080).

BGCOLOR sets the background colour of the page.
TEXT, unsurprisingly, sets the colour of the text.
LINK sets the colour of links that have not been visited.
VLINK sets the colour of links that have been visited.
ALINK sets the colour of a link currently covered by the cursor.

I personally prefer all links, whether visited or not, to be of the
same colour. To do this, merely set LINK, VLINK and ALINK to be

I hope that helps.

Subject: Re: PC use
From: research_help-ga on 12 Jun 2003 08:34 PDT
If I read the question correctly, I think they are asking "How do I
change a used URL pink color back to an unused blue color?"  They did
not ask why the color changed or what a site designer did to make this
happen. Depending on the browser, the answer would be to clear the
history of sites visited. Maybe the researcher will be able to post a
responsive answer after rereading the question carefully.
Subject: Re: PC use
From: poe-ga on 12 Jun 2003 09:18 PDT
Thanks for your comment, Research Help. Re-reading the question, I
agree that you may well be right.

Edmill, could you please clarify as to whether you are a designer
trying to control your link colours in code or merely a surfer who
wants to get rid of the unsightly pink links you'll see so often? If
this is the case, which browser do you use (Internet Explorer,
Netscape etc)?

I agree that if this is the case, clearing your history would do the

If you are using Internet Explorer, you can do this by clicking on
Tools on the top menu, then Internet Options and finally on Clear
History. If you don't want to see pink links ever again, you might
want to set the Days to keep pages in history option to zero.

In Netscape the option is Empty Network Cache but I'll have to check
the exact path to do this when I get home.

I believe that in both Netscape and Opera you can choose to override
the BODY field settings that I mentioned above with default choices of
your own.

Sorry for any confusion.


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