Like other browsers, Polypane has a bunch of regular browser/application features.
Opening and visiting web pages
History and suggestions
Polypane keeps a history and will show suggestions in the address bar based on that history. Right click the navigation buttons to get an overview of previous pages.
When typing in the address bar, Polypane will match each fragment in the url so if you only remember part of a url, you can use that to find it.
You can clear the history by going to the Edit menu, then "Clear stored data" and selecting "Clear History".
Opening web pages
Like other browsers, web pages can be visited by typing or copying their address into the address bar.
Polypane also supports opening URLs and files in a number of different ways. You can start Polypane with a URL as the first argument to open that url:
$ polypane https://example.com. Or on MacOs you can use
$ open https://example.com -a "Polypane".
You can drag URLs from other browsers, or HTML files from disk into Polypane to open them. Polypane is also associated with HTML and HTM files as a viewer, so you will find it in the "open with..." menu on right click.
Polypane supports websites that have HTTP Basic Auth or Digest Auth configured. When you fill in the login details for these sites, they will be remembered for the duration of your session. If you want Polypane to remember them permanently, check the "remember this" checkmark. They will be remembered for a specific URL.
The username and password will be encrypted and stored on disk. To remove them, go to the Edit menu, "Clear Stored Data" and then select "Clear Saved Auths"
Invalid or self signed certificates
For localhost, Polypane will silently allow self-signed certificates. On any other domain or for any other certificate error (like expired or the wrong host) Polypane will show a dialog showing you the url and the error and ask you to if it should still open the page. It will do this once per certificate per session.
Managing the UI
Hiding/Showing the menu
On Windows, Polypane shows the main menu by default. You can choose to hide it by pressing "Toggle menu bar" in the View menu. To show it again, press the
Hiding the header
To make the most of the available space on your screen, you can choose to hide the header using
shift ctrl/cmd h, or via the "View" menu under "Toggle Header"
Managing the Cache
Clearing your cache
Polypane adheres to caching rules of websites like other browsers. To clear your cache for a reload, press
ctrl/cmd while clicking the reload button, or press
shift ctrl/cmd r.
On Windows and Linux, Polypane will listen to any dedicated back/forward mouse buttons.
You can disable the cache in Polypane via the Edit menu using the "Disable cache" menu item. When active, this will have a checkmark. On some Linux systems this checkmark does not update, so we also show a quick popup displaying the status whenever you select that option.
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