Maxthon 4 - FAQ

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There are many questions asked frequently by Maxthon users. Here you can find your answers for common problems and questions about Maxthon 4. If you can't, feel free to ask on Maxthon forum.


What is Maxthon 4?

Maxthon 4 (Cloud Browser) is the newest member of the Maxthon family on PC. Maxthon 4, much like the previous Maxthon 3, has Dual Display Engines, two website rendering states that cover the whole web in two modes: Ultra and Retro. Ultra, which uses Webkit, makes surfing faster for newer, more current websites built to newer standards. Retro, which uses Trident, handles old, outdated and Microsoft IE optimized sites.

Why Dual Display Engines?

Maxthon 4 has two modes (two different rendering engines), so they can display any kind of pages, no matter it is built using newer standards or it was built by older standards and its rendering would not be perfect. These two engines cover old and new pages to ensure you can watch them without any problem. You can switch between these two modes, by opening the menu icon in the right-hand top-corner, and clicking on the accorded button, listed.

What is Webkit?

WebKit is a browser rendering engine. Maxthon's Ultra mode uses this for displaying web pages. This engine is used by Apple's Safari, forked originally from KDE's KHTML engine, and Google's later Chrome browser, derived from the Chromium browser by its original authors. It is, and has been, since Maxthon 3, used by our browser, Maxthon 4, included. You can get more details in the Webkit article on Wikipedia.

What if I want to use both Maxthon 3 and Maxthon Cloud Browser

You can, but because of name discrepancies, you will need to either migrate Maxthon 3 over to portable, and install Maxthon Cloud Browser, non-portable, or vice versa. If you want to use Maxthon 1 (Classic) or Maxthon 2, you can definitely use these simultaneously with later versions of the Maxthon browser.

Where is the Maxthon 4 Changelog?

Maxthon 4's Changelog can be found on the forum's release threads, which are posted in this subsection of the forum: News Subforum

How to get the latest version?

You can always get the latest stable version from here: Direct Download. Or if you are interested in beta versions, they are available on the forum, in the news subforum of our current forum, with its link mentioned in the directly-above FAQ about Changelogs.

Interface and display

Hiding and showing your favorites bar

Here are some ways you can hide/show the favorites bar:

  1. The easiest way is to use the Ctrl+B shortcut key.
  2. Go to Menu > Customize UI and there uncheck the Favorites Bar checkbox.
  3. To hide the favorites bar you can also use the menu at the left on the favorites bar where you can find the Hide Favorites Bar option.

How to change your browser skin

Maxthon 4 was originally without skin support, but it has returned, yet again.

One way is to go to Menu > Skins. The appearing window is the Maxthon Skin Center. Here you just need to choose a skin and click Done.

The other way you can reach this dialog is the shirt button at the right end of the tab bar.

You also can download skins from You just need to select Apply on the skin when you chose the one you need. After the skin is downloaded you will be asked if you want to apply the skin or you will switch later.

How can I hide the status bar at the bottom?

Currently there is no option in the browser for hiding the status bar but it can be done by using skins.

Can I change the location of the tab bar?

The browser currently doesn't support this change with an option, but you can try one of the built-in skins, named Tab on Bottom (MX Classic) which actually does what its name says, moves the tab bar to the bottom of the window. You If this is not what you want, please check our Skin Center for other skins. For changing skins, see the How to change your browser skin section.

Where can I find the View menu?

In Customize UI dialog, you can change the appearance of your browser.

How can I change the language of my browser?

You can change it via the Menu. Go to Menu (at top right) > Languages and select the language you want. To change the dictionary language, you can go to said menu, and click on options, focus the address-bar and type in, "about:config" and then hit enter. Then go to the "advanced" section, clickable from the side of the page, and choose a new dictionary language, or choose to find a different one online.

The browser sets its default language based on the language of the OS. Also you can find translations on The downloaded language file needs to be copied to the Languages folder inside your Maxthon browser install folder.

Are translation/language packs available?

No, there are no language packs for Maxthon 3. Only language files are available, and you can find a description of them in the previous section.

Web browsing

How to set your homepage

You have two different options to do this:

  1. Navigate to Menu > Options > General tab. You will find a Homepage section there. Just type the URL of the homepage you want to use and click somewhere outside of the homepage textfield on the page to get it saved.
  2. If you are currently on the page you want to set as your homepage, right click on the homepage button on the navigation toolbar and select Set as Home Page from its context menu.

If the webpage has a button to make the page your homepage, you can, alternatively, use that.

How to set Maxthon 4 as your default browser

This can be done when you are installing Maxthon. From the listed options, leave the Set as default browser checkbox ticked. Or you can go to the options panel (directions on how to get there, are explained in the above in several locations), and make sure you are on the "General" section; now make sure the "Keep Maxthon as the Default Browser" is checked. If not, check the box.

Or you can set the browser as default by navigating to Menu > Options > General tab, and ticking the Keep Maxthon as Default Browser option.

How to customize Mouse Gesture gestures


How to sync your favorites online

For details please see the Data synchronization wiki page. That article contains how to sync not just your favorites but other kind of data too.

How to edit your favorites

You can edit your favorites by focusing the address-bar and typing in, "about:favorites" and then hitting enter. This is your Favorites Manager.

How to manage your history

For details how you can view and erase your browser history, or how to search among them, please refer to the History management wiki page.

How can I download movies/videos?

When you are watching a video, for instance, on a Youtube video watch page, check for an extra icon-button in the address-bar, at the far right-hand side. Click it, and a box comes up. This is called the resource sniffer. Now, check the checkboxes on the resources you wish to download, and then click the download button. The download manager opens with the items you have selected, already pre-selected, and with just a confirmation, these/this will commence in downloading.

How can I delete all my browser history?

Click on the menu icon in the right-hand corner, underneath the "X" button, and select Clear Browser History. Clear Browser History," Clear Download History boxes are already checked. Click on Clear Now and you are done.

How can I enable/disable the URL auto-complete feature?

Focus the address-bar, and type in, "about:config". Hit enter. There choose the Smart Address Bar tab and tick or untick the Enable URL Auto-Complete option.

How to create a private browsing session

This feature is called Private Window in Maxthon 4. You can open a new private window by navigating into the menu and selecting the New Private Window option.


Flash plugins and Maxthon 4

The browser always comes with a stable Flash Player release, but if you experience issues, remember that you can always go into the directory that Maxthon is installed, which on a 32-bit computer will be: C:\Program Files\Maxthon\*, and on a 64-bit computer, will be: C:\Program Files (x86)\Maxthon\*, and then click into the following folders, in respective order: */Core/Webkit/Npplugins/* and delete the DLL file named NPSWF32.dll. Alternatively, you can also retrieve your Flash Plugin DLL file from your SysWOW64 folder, tucked away in a subfolder named Macromed, which can be accessed by pressing the Windows button simultaneously with the "R" key on your keyboard, and typing in, "%windir%/SysWOW64/Macromed/". Then you will want to copy that NPSWF32_[version number].DLL, to your desktop, and rename it to NPSWF32.dll. Then replace the one in the previously-mentioned Maxthon directory's Npplugins folder, with that file. If you use the portable edition of Maxthon, then you can find the Npplugins folder with these directions, starting from the folder to which the files have been extracted, first time around: MaxthonPortable/Core/Webkit/Npplugins/*.

Which operating systems Maxthon 4 can run on?

Maxthon 3 can be ran on the latest operating systems, Windows XP, Windows 7, 8, and Blue too.

Maxthon 4 has more than one processes running. Why?

This is normal. Maxthon 4 uses more processes to separate different parts of the browser like Webkit and Trident engine, main framework and resource management. This way if one part of the browser crashes, then just that part crashes and not the whole browser.