Help and Hints

These pages have been optimised for online viewing using Internet Explorer and this help page gives instructions for this. Other browsers should act in much the same way - the options will be available but not necessarily using the same key clicks. If you are new to the internet there are a few things you might need to know...

Pop Up Forms
This site frequently opens new windows to display information, for example to list results of a specified age group, or if the information being presented comes from another website not connected to the ESAA. If you have installed a 'pop-up' management program these windows might not be displayed. You need to enable pop-ups on your system to see all the information.

Depending on how you arrange your own desktop, you may also find that information is displayed in windows which are underneath the one you are currently looking at. You might need to bring it to the front again by clicking on the buttons on the taskbar - normally at the bottom of the screen. More modern browsers may display them as new tabs in the same window.
Menus and Scrollbars
This site provides navigation menus on the left.
If the menus are longer than the current window size, you can use
this scroll bar to scroll them down.

Pages and Updating
Everyone can set their own browser differently, and some Internet Service Providers operate their systems differently. This can affect whether recently updated pages are visible to you or not. You may have set your browser to cache pages locally - this means a page you view is stored on your own computer so if you want to see it again, it gets it from your disk instead of looking on the web for it, so you won't get the latest version. This can also happen if you add a page to your favourites list.

If you suspect that a page may not have the latest, click on your browser to ensure you get the latest version, or set your browser options to fetch pages every time you access them, not from your local cache.

AOL users may experience problems reaching updated pages because AOL operate their own cache which is only updated every few days or so. Thus new information we add to an existing page may not become immediately visible to AOL users.

Font Size
You should be able to change the size of the fonts, for example, in Internet Explorer, click VIEW, FONTS, then click the size you want.
When using a frame based browser such as this, you can sometimes end up printing the wrong frame when you click the print button. To ensure that you get the correct frame printed, ensure that the cursor is in the the frame you want - usually the one you are reading now - then right click and select print. You may find it useful sometimes to print in landscape mode - do this by clicking properties and setting the paper orientation to landscape.

Background Colours
If you don't want the background color to be printed - in most cases you won't - ensure that the option is de-selected in your browser options list. In Internet Explorer, click VIEW, INTERNET OPTIONS, ADVANCED, then scroll down to the PRINTING option and uncheck the 'print background colors' box. Other browsers will have a similar option somewhere, but this is normally the default setting so you probably won't need to change it.

Many results come complete with pictures, if you don't want to see them all while loading, you can disable this option in the option list, just as explained for colours above. Pictures will then be displayed as little icons - you can right click on them and open each picture as you like.
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