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Surfing the Web

There's a reason why most people think of the World Wide Web first when they think of the Internet: It's the richest experience of the Net. Text, graphics, animation, sound, and video can all be combined in one Web page, and the number of Web sites is growing by thousands per month. Included on the Office CD-ROM (but not technically part of the Office suite of programs) is Internet Explorer, Microsoft's primary tool for accessing Web sites. The process of accessing Web sites is often referred to as surfing or browsing; the generic name for programs like Internet Explorer is Web browser, or simply browser.

To surf the Web:

1.
If you haven't yet installed Internet Explorer, drag its folder (Figure 2.1) off the MS Office 2001 CD-ROM onto your hard drive.

Figure 2.1. Drag the Internet Explorer folder to your hard drive


2.
Launch Internet Explorer (Figure 2.2).

Figure 2.2. Launch Internet Explorer


3.
Each Web site you can go to on the Internet has its own address, known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). Type the URL of the Web site you want in the Address line (Figure 2.3), and press

Figure 2.3. Type the URL of the destination into the Address line


4.
Web pages usually contain links to other pages. You can tell where the links are by passing the pointer over the page. When the arrow pointer changes to a hand with a pointing finger (Figure 2.4), you have found a link you can click in order to go to the page it references.

Figure 2.4. The arrow pointer changes to a hand with a pointing finger when it passes over a link


5.
There are other things you can do with links besides simply going to their associated locations. To see the options, a link to bring up a shortcut menu (Figure 2.5).

Figure 2.5. a link to bring up a shortcut menu


6.
If you find a page you want to return to later, choose Favorites > Add Page to Favorites () (Figure 2.6), and a link that takes you directly to this page appears at the bottom of the Favorites menu (Figure 2.7).

Figure 2.6. Choose Favorites > Add Page to Favorites


Figure 2.7. A new link to the current Web page appears at the bottom of the Favorites menu



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