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Part 7. Using Office's Internet Tools > Task 1 How to Navigate the Web with Int...

Task 1 How to Navigate the Web with Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer, or IE for short, is a Web browser you can use to view Web pages on the Internet. Not only can you view Web content, you also can search for information, download files, view multimedia clips, and more. This book can't cover all the Internet Explorer features, but you'll learn the basics needed to begin using the browser. Before you can use Internet Explorer, you must log on to the Internet. In some cases, your connection might be permanent, as with a cable modem, DSL, or T1 connection. If you use a modem to connect, double-click the connection icon on the desktop to begin.

  1. View the Home Page

    When you open Internet Explorer, the browser window displays the default start page (the home page your browser is configured to load whenever you open the program). You'll notice two unique toolbars: the Address toolbar where you enter Web page addresses, and the Links toolbar that enables you to quickly access popular Web sites with a click of a button.

  2. Visit a Web Page

    Each page on the Web has a specific address, called a URL (uniform resource locator). You can visit specific pages on the Web by typing their URLs into the Address box. To practice, click inside the Address text box, type http://www.mcp.com/sams, and press Enter. You don't have to enter the prefix http://—Internet Explorer inserts this prefix for you.

  3. Read the Page

    Internet Explorer displays the Web page associated with the URL you entered. The time it takes to display a page varies based on your modem speed, how busy Internet traffic is, or how many graphics are on the page. When the page appears, you can read its information. Depending on the size of the page, you can use the scrollbars to view different parts of the page.

  4. Follow a Link

    To view related Web pages, follow a link. Links commonly are underlined words on a Web page, but you will also find graphic images, buttons, or icons used as links on Web pages. When the mouse pointer hovers over a link, the pointer takes the shape of a hand. Click a link to display the associated Web page.

  5. Use the Navigation Buttons

    After you begin viewing pages, you might want to return to a previous page. Click the Back button on the Internet Explorer toolbar to return to the previous page. Click the Forward button to move to the page you were viewing before using the Back button.

  6. Use the Stop Button

    If a page is taking a particularly long time to display, you can stop it from trying to display by clicking the Stop button on the toolbar.

  7. Use the Refresh Button

    If for some reason a page doesn't display properly— perhaps it's missing some text or graphics—try clicking the Refresh button to reload the page. IE displays the status of the loading process on the status bar.

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  8. Return to Your Home Page

    To return to your start page—the page that opens automatically whenever you open Internet Explorer—click the Home button.

  9. Add a Favorite

    Rather than typing the address for every page you want to visit, save your favorites in the Favorites list. When you find a Web page whose address you want to save, choose Favorites from the IE menu bar and choose Add to Favorites. This command opens the Add Favorite dialog box.

  10. Give the Page a Name

    Although a default page name appears in the Name field, it's often longer than it has to be for you to remember the site. Short names make the Favorites list easier to use. Click in the Name text box and give the page a name you will recognize. Select a folder in which to save the address and then click OK.

  11. Display the Favorites List

    To use the Web page addresses you've saved as favorites, display the Favorites list by clicking the Favorites button on the Internet Explorer toolbar. The Favorites pane opens on the left side of the Internet Explorer screen.

  12. Select a Favorite

    To revisit a favorite Web page whose address you've saved, click the name of the page you want to open in the Favorites pane. If you have organized your favorites into other folders, double-click to open the appropriate folder and select the name of the page.

  13. Save to the Links Bar

    The Links bar contains buttons that display favorite Web pages. Some of the original buttons on the Links bar will not suit your taste. To remove a button from the Links bar, right-click it and choose Delete. To add a button to the Links bar for your own favorite page, display the associated Web page and drag its address icon onto the Links bar.

  14. Use the Links Bar

    To visit one of pages associated with a button on the Links bar, click the button. If your Links bar contains more favorites buttons than will fit across the screen, click the double right-pointing arrow (located at the right end of the Links bar) to open the list, and then select the page you want.



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