Browser support

What is a browser?

A browser is an application that provides a way to look at and interact with the World Wide Web. Some popular type of browsers include the below (click on them to learn more):

Google Chrome

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Mozilla Firefox

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Internet Explorer

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Safari

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Opera

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Why does the version/browser type matter?

While all browsers serve a similar purpose, some browsers have better support for certain types of software applications.

The version number of the browser you're using is also very important, as older versions don't tend to support modern web elements that are used on modern sites. This can cause various problems; older versions of browsers don't tend to render site styles properly which can make a page look strange and sometimes it can even make a page unworkable (broken features etc.).

What should I do?

Select a browser with good support. We recommend Google Chrome as the browser of choice for our site but if you prefer any of the other browsers that's fine too. The most important thing is to keep whatever browser you are using up-to-date.

See below on how to check your browser's version number and how to update it.


Google Chrome

Checking version number
  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. Click the Menu (older version looks like , newer versions looks like Browser Chrome menu-min) icon near the top right corner of the Chrome window (just below the button that closes the window) to open the menu options.
  3. In the menu options:
    • In older versions of Chrome, select About Google Chrome to open Chrome's Settings page.
    • In newer versions of Chrome, select Help and then select About Google Chrome to open Chrome's Settings page.
  4. On Chrome's Settings page you can see the Version number. Google Chrome will even let you know if your version is up to date.
Update to latest version

Normally updates happen in the background when you close and reopen your computer's browser. But if you haven't closed your browser in a while, you might see a pending update:

  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. Click the Menu (older version looks like , newer versions looks like Browser Chrome menu-min) icon near the top right corner of the Chrome window (just below the button that closes the window) to open the menu options.
  3. If an update is pending, the icon will be coloured:
    • Green : An update's been available for 2 days.
    • Orange : An update's been available for 4 days.
    • Red : An update's been available for 7 days.
  4. Click on the Update Google Chrome (appears as first item when you click / Browser Chrome menu-min). If you don't see this option, this means you're already on the latest version.
  5. Click Relaunch. The browser saves your opened tabs and windows and reopens them automatically when it restarts. If you'd prefer not to restart right away, click Not now. The next time you restart your browser, the update will be applied.

Mozilla Firefox

Checking version number
  1. Open Firefox browser.
  2. Click the Menu () icon near the top right corner of the Firefox window (just below the button that closes the window) to open the menu options.
  3. In the menu options, click on the question mark icon at the bottom of the menu.
  4. In the next slide out menu, select About Firefox to open the About Mozilla Firefox popup.
  5. On the About Mozilla Firefox popup you can see the Version number (appears right below the text "Firefox". Firefox will even let you know if your version is up to date.
Update to latest version

By default, Firefox is set to automatically update itself but you can always do a manual update by following the steps below:

  1. Open Firefox browser.
  2. Click the Menu () icon near the top right corner of the Firefox window (just below the button that closes the window) to open the menu options.
  3. In the menu options, click on the question mark icon at the bottom of the menu.
  4. In the next slide out menu, select About Firefox to open the About Mozilla Firefox popup.
  5. On the About Mozilla Firefox popup, you will see that Firefox will begin checking for updates and downloading them automatically.
  6. When the updates are ready to be installed, click the Restart to update Firefox button. The browser saves your opened tabs and windows and reopens them automatically when it restarts. If you'd prefer not to restart right away, simply close the popup. The next time you restart your browser, the update will be applied.

Internet Explorer

Checking version number
  1. Open Internet Explorer browser.
  2. On older versions click on the question mark icon .
    On newer versions click on the cog icon near the top right corner of the Internet Explorer window (just below the button that closes the window) to open the menu options.
  3. In the menu options select About Internet Explorer to open the About Internet Explorer window 
  4. On the About Internet Explorer window you can see the Version number.
  5. On newer versions of Internet Explorer, there's a checkbox to Install new versions automatically. Check the box to allow new versions of Internet Explorer to auto install.
Update to latest version
  1. Go to the Microsoft website to download the latest version of Internet Explorer.
  2. Download the version you want (referring to the version of Windows you are using on your computer) by clicking on the Download Internet Explorer button.
  3. Once the file is downloaded, click on it to start running the installation process and follow the instructions on the screen to complete installation.
  4. There are several ways to update Internet Explorer, please click on the link below to learn more.

Safari

Checking version number
  1. Open Safari browser.
  2. Click the Menu icon near the top right corner of the Safari window (just below the button that closes the window) to open the menu options.
  3. In the menu options, click on About Safari to open the popup window.
  4. On the popup you can see the Version number that appears right above the copyright text.
Update to latest version (Updating from 10.6 or Later)
  1. Open your Mac's App Store. It's the blue app with a white "A" on it; you should see this option in the dock.
    • If you don't see the App Store, click the magnifying glass in the top-right corner of the screen and type "App Store" into the search field, then click the "App Store" result.
  2. Click the Updates tab. You'll see this option on the far-right side of the row of options at the top of the App Store window.
  3. Click Update right of the "Safari" option. Doing so will prompt Safari to update to the latest supported version.
  4. Ensure that automatic updates are enabled. You can make sure that you're always running the latest version of Safari by checking that automatic updates are enabled:
    • Click the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
    • Click the App Store option in the System Preferences menu.
    • Check the "Automatically check for updates" box.
    • Check the boxes to enable automatic app and system updates.
  5. If you are updating from OS X 10.5 or earlier, please click on the link below to learn more.

Opera

Checking version number
  1. Open Opera browser.
  2. Click the Opera icon near the top left corner of the Opera window to open menu options.
  3. In the menu options, click on About Opera to open the About Opera page.
  4. On the About Opera page you can see the Version number.Opera will will even let you know if your version is up to date
Update to latest version
  1. Open Opera browser.
  2. Click the Opera icon near the top left corner of the Opera window to open menu options.
  3. In the menu options, click on About Opera to open the About Opera page.
  4. On the About Opera page, Opera will check to see if an update to your current version is available. Checking for updates ... will display beside the version number.
  5. If an update is available, it will automatically begin to download and install it. You will see the download progress display as a percentage in the window looking like Downloading update 95%.
  6. After the download and installation, a prompt to restart Opera may be needed. If you are asked to restart, click on the Relaunch Now button. The browser saves your opened tabs and windows and reopens them automatically when it restarts. If you'd prefer not to restart right away, you can ignore this. The next time you restart your browser, the update will be applied.

More Information

If you are using a corporate laptop/computer, you may not have sufficient rights to update your browser. If so please contact you company's IT desk for help.

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