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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Putting iCONN in your Internet Explorer Favorites

When you go to iCONN with the URL www.iconn.org the system runs through a number of checks to make sure you get the proper databases. After it does the checks you will either get right into the databases or you will get a barcode login screen and can proceed from there. You cannot make a Favorite of any of these subsequent pages. You have to input the original www.iconn.org URL into the Favorite. Briefly, this involves creating a Favorite, then opening the Favorite properties and inputting the original URL. Here's how to do this if you are using the Internet Explorer (IE) browser...

To create a new iCONN Favorite in IE:
  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Go to www.iconn.org
  • Login using your Connecticut Public Library barcode number if you are outside the library
  • Click Favorites on the menu bar
  • Click Add to Favorites from the menu. A new window will open.
  • Change the name to iCONN
  • Click the OK button (see the first screen shot - you can click on the picture to see a larger image). This create a Favorite, but it links to a URL that will only work for a day or two. We have to edit the URL so that it points to the original iCONN URL.
  • Click Favorites so that you see your list of Favorites
  • Put your cursor over the iCONN Favorite so that it's highlighted
  • Right-click on the mouse while your cursor is on the iCONN Favorite. This will bring up a new menu.
  • Click Properties on the menu. This will bring up the iCONN Favorite's Properties.
  • Click the tab for "Web document" if it is not already selected
  • Delete the old URL that is in the URL field
  • Input the http://www.iconn.org into the URL field (see second screen shot)
  • Click the OK button
The next time you need to use iCONN, simply click your new iCONN IE Favorite!

(Note: I did this using IE version 6.0.2900, there may be variations of the steps above if you are using a newer or older version of IE, but the main idea is the same - edit the properties of the Favorite and input the original URL.)

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