Find out what Web browser the computer has and start it up. If you have a Web browser, you can access much of the Internet's content on Web sites.
You use the Web browser typically through manipulating it with your mouse and cursor, and entering information from your keyboard.
To open a Web address (URL), use your browser's menu and chose File->Open or File->Open Location. You might also be able to click on the text in the "Address" box at the top of your browser, alter or enter a URL there, and press the Return key.
To find out more ways to access a Web site, you can look in your browser's documentation about how you can "open a URL" or "point your browser to a URL" or "bring up a Web site."
Use your browser's Help or online documentation to learn more about your browser, such as how to bookmark information or create folders of "favorites."
Although it may seem like Microsoft's Internet Explorer is the only Web browser in use, there are other brands of Web browsers available. In fact, the Web was designed so that any brand of Web browser should be able to display content from any Web server, thus opening up the Web to competition among browser makers. Check out these lists to consider other brands of Web browsers:
Microsoft Internet Explorer is the most used Web browser, and I'll present a list here of some customizations and "tricks" that apply to the latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows XP. The Internet Explorer browser has a vast amount of customizations available (See the menu Help), but I'll highlight some that give a good amount of time savings in return for the cost of learning about them. (Be careful--you can spend so much time on customizations, tweaks, and tricks that you never get any work done!) If you use a different browser, see if you can find equivalent settings to accomplish these same things.
Choose a font scheme to override Web "designers" who fix the font size to be too small.
Set your own start page; or use a blank one. The default Web page set when you first install your Web browser is set by the Web browser manufacturer who usually sets it to a very graphically busy page. Every time you launch a Web browser, this page has to load.
Customize your browser's toolbar: menu View->Toolbars->Customize...
|Ctrl/N||Launch another Web browser|
|Ctrl/F||Search for a text string on a Web page (the F stands for "Find")|
|Ctrl/W||Close a Web browser|
|Ctrl/H||Bring up your history in a side panel; shows pages you have visited|
|Ctrl/I||Bring up your favorites in a side panel; shows pages you have "bookmarked" to quickly visit again|
|Ctrl/D||Save a page URL to your favorites|
|Esc||Stop the Music! (Some Web "designers" cause a music file to automatically start when you visit a Web page; also stops loading graphics.)|
|Tab||Move to next field in a Web form.|
|Tab||Move to next link on Web page|
|Alt/D||Move to the address box|
|Shift/click on hypertext link||This will cause the link to open in a new Web browser|
|Get to a something.com site quickly; Works for sites of the form http://www.something.com||
|Get to a something.else site quickly; Works for sites of the form http://something.else||
|Save a picture from a Web page to your computer's hard drive||
|Overcome dark text on dark or textured background; some Web "designers" do this, making the page hard (or impossible) to read!||
You may discover that when visiting or leaving some Web sites, a new window, usually containing an advertisement, will appear on your computer. These are called popup windows and they can be irritating and make using the Web efficiently almost impossible.
You can consider installing a popup blocker software. Look through this list of popup blocker software or search hotfiles.com for popup blocker software. You might be able to find one that would work on your computer for free. Shareware or commercial software can be bought for a modest price. Popup blocking software is well worth it. I use the free verison of Pop-Up Stoppertm from Panicware (http://www.panicware.com), and it saves me a lot of headaches.
Electronic mail is one of the most popular features of the Internet. If your computer has email software, or if you have a Web-based mail account, you'll be able to send and receive electronic mail over the Internet.
A Web browser isn't the only way to access Internet resources. You can use a variety of other Internet tools for information retrieval, communication, and interaction.
The Internet is a global collection of networks that is owned by no one and operated by no single organization. Rocketed to prominence during the late 20th century, the Internet today has become important in information, trade, and communication.
No. The lessons in this course cover the Internet and World Wide Web technologies from a user's perspective, but not in technical depth.
The next lessons cover electronic mail, the definition of the Internet and Web, the content of the Internet and Web, and the use of the Internet and Web.
Why are you taking this course? What skills and knowledge do you hope to gain? What do you think that the Internet and Web can do for you?