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Downloading Files

Downloading files is really a matter of locating the specific file on a site, clicking its hyperlink, and then letting Internet Explorer take over. Selecting a particular hyperlink either begins the download process or takes you to a Web page where links are provided for the actual download. When it begins the download process, Internet Explorer simply pulls a copy of the file off the site hosting it and places it on your computer.

To download a file from a Web site, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Web site from which you want to download a file (such as TUCOWS).

  2. Select the type of software or the operating system you use to see a list of files available (in the case of TUCOWS, software is listed according to the operating system it is designed for, such as Windows 2000).

  3. Most sites provide a list of software categories for you to choose from (see Figure 3.1). For example, if you want to download an add-on for your Internet Explorer browser, click the Browser Add-Ons link.

  4. Scroll down through the list of files provided. Many of the applications available on the major software download sites (such as TUCOWS) are rated, and reviews are available. When you find the application you want to download, click the download link for that application.

  5. After you click the download link, the File Download dialog box appears (see Figure 3.2). Click OK to begin the download.

  6. The Save As dialog box appears. Choose the folder and drive on your computer that you want to have the file saved on. Then click Save.

A download dialog box appears that keeps you apprised of the download of the selected file. The time that it takes to download the file depends on the speed of your Internet connection and the size of the file. The File Download dialog box tells you when the download is complete. Click Close to close the dialog box.

Figure 3.1. Most sites provide categories of software applications for you to choose from.


Figure 3.2. The File Download dialog box allows you to save the file to your computer.


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