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Wunderbar98

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The 'Rendering Issues' section of the original post indicates web pages are sometimes difficult to read. As indicated one tip that often helps when viewing a web page that does not format well, or if links are missing, is to toggle View dropdown -> Use Style -> 'Default Style' to 'None'. Also experiment with different font and color preferences, select Edit dropdown -> Preferences -> Appearance and modify as desired.

Although useful, drawbacks. First, having to toggle Default Style to 'None' is a hassle and new tabs automatically revert back to 'Default Style'. From previous experiments, changing the style to 'None' via about:config then does not allow changing pages back to 'Default Style' during runtime. Secondly, over-riding font and colour preferences won't render the web site as intended, part of it's character and charm.

If the font and background are poorly contrasted (ie. not readable), a quick and dirty method is to simply press Ctrl-A to 'select all' on the entire web page. On this system, this automatically changes the font and background to a blue and white combination, ugly but very readable. Alternatively, left-click and drag a selection to change contrast. Read the information you want, click on a desired link and move on. To disable the 'select all' selection, press F5 or click 'Reload' to re-render the page or left-click another area of the page.

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RetroZilla now fails to load YouTube using the default User Agent (UA) string. RetroZilla still connects and the YouTube search engine from the RetroZilla Search Engines Collection still work. To load YouTube and perform searches, ensure the 'user-agent-switcher-0.6.10-bump.xpi' extension is installed, available from the RetroZilla Extensions Collection linked on the first post of this thread.

Then in RetroZilla's Tools dropdown menu select User Agent Switcher -> Options -> Options. Select User Agents -> Add. In the popup's description field, enter 'Googlebot'. In the User Agent field paste the following UA string, then click OK to exit. This adds the UA to the extension.
Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)

To use the Googlebot UA string in RetroZilla, select Tools dropdown menu -> User Agent Switcher -> select Googlebot. This needs to be performed during any session when the YouTube page or search engine is utilized. As RetroZilla reverts to it's default UA on restart, re-select the desired UA string during runtime.

Thank-you forum member @siria for finding this valuable UA string.

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5 hours ago, Wunderbar98 said:

RetroZilla now fails to load YouTube using the default User Agent (UA) string. RetroZilla still connects and the YouTube search engine from the RetroZilla Search Engines Collection still work. To load YouTube and perform searches, ensure the 'user-agent-switcher-0.6.10-bump.xpi' extension is installed, available from the RetroZilla Extensions Collection linked on the first post of this thread.

Then in RetroZilla's Tools dropdown menu select User Agent Switcher -> Options -> Options. Select User Agents -> Add. In the popup's description field, enter 'Googlebot'. In the User Agent field paste the following UA string, then click OK to exit. This adds the UA to the extension.
Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)

To use the Googlebot UA string in RetroZilla, select Tools dropdown menu -> User Agent Switcher -> select Googlebot. This needs to be performed during any session when the YouTube page or search engine is utilized. As RetroZilla reverts to it's default UA on restart, re-select the desired UA string during runtime.

Thank-you forum member @siria for finding this valuable UA string.

how exactly do you install the "user-agent-switcher-0.6.10-bump.xpi" extension? do i just copy it into one of the folders of the already installed retrozilla program files folder? 

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Hi cov3rt. The RetroZilla Extensions Collection link on the first post of this thread contains the extensions collection for download plus detailed instructions on how to install extensions in RetroZilla. Below is a paste of the 'Install and Remove' section from that linked post. Note the extensions in the collection have been well tested, can probably ignore the breakage dialogue below. All eleven extensions, including modified NoScript which is a separate download, are highly recommended and combined make for a decent browsing experience. If you have not yet installed the RetroZilla Search Engine collection, it's also quite useful as RetroZilla's built-in search engines are now broken or no longer exist.

= Install and Remove =

Extension installation and removal in RetroZilla is messy and may lead to breakage. Recommend backing up the entire RetroZilla user profile before installing extensions or test drive the extension(s) in a new test profile. A full browser removal/re-installation may be helpful in case of severe breakage, as extension files may install into both the user profile and the browser installation directory, default pathways:
C:\Program Files\RetroZilla
C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\RetroZilla

Ensure RetroZilla's Edit dropdown -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Software Installation is set to 'Allow web sites to install extensions and updates'. This is required even when installing extensions locally. For security reasons it is best to disable this checkbox after all desired extensions are installed.

To install extensions go to File dropdown -> Open File -> select and install extension -> restart browser.

To cleanly remove extensions either restore a previously backed up profile, delete the profile's chrome directory (created on restart), create a new profile or fully uninstall/reinstall the browser. Note not all extensions install cleanly into only the chrome directory (eg. NoScript) and some extensions even alter the browser's Preferences configuration window (eg. ImageZoom).

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