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Whipping Around the World Wide Web 203 What Exactly Is the Web? The Web is a collection of documents stored on computers (called Web servers ) all over the world. What makes these documents unique is that each contains a link to other documents contained on the same Web server or on a different Web server (down the block, across the country, or even overseas). You can hop around from document to document, from Web server to Web server, and from continent to continent by clicking these links. These documents are not some dusty old text documents like you'd find in the university library. Web documents contain pictures, sounds, video clips, animations, and even interactive programs. When you click a multimedia link, your modem pulls the file into your computer where the Web browser or another program plays the file. All you have to do is tilt your chair back, nibble on popcorn, and watch the show. First You Need a Web Browser To do the Web, you need a special program called a Web browser , which works through your service provider to pull up documents on your screen. You can choose from any of several Web browsers, including the two most popular browsers, Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer. In addition to opening Web pages, these browsers contain advanced tools for navigating the Web, finding pages that interest you, and marking the pages you might want to revisit. Windows comes with Internet Explorer, which already should be installed on your computer. Internet Explorer also includes several additional Internet programs, including Outlook Express (for e-mail and newsgroups), NetMeeting (for Internet phone calls), and FrontPage Express (for creating Web pages). Inside Tip You can use your existing Web browser to download a different browser or an updated version of your current browser. Go to to download Netscape Navigator (Netscape's Web browser) or Netscape Communicator (a suite of Internet applications that includes Navigator and an e-mail program). You can pick up the latest version of Internet Explorer at See "Hitting Specific Sites with Addresses" and "Copying (Downloading) Files from the Internet" later in this chapter for details on going to specific Web sites and copying files. If you like to buck trends, try Opera, billed as "the fastest browser on earth," at Navigating the Web If you're using Internet Explorer as your Web browser, click the icon named The Internet or Internet Explorer on the Windows desktop, or choose Internet Explorer from the Start, Programs menu or the Start, Programs, Internet Explorer menu. To run Netscape, click the Netscape Communicator or Netscape Navigator icon on the Windows desktop.