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Chapter 18. It's a Small Web After All: ... > Internet Explorer Nuts and Bolts - Pg. 210

It's a Small Web After All: Using Internet Explorer 210 Windows Wisdom If you don't like (or whatever you have as Internet Explorer's default start page), it's easy to change it. First, surf to the page that you want to use as the new start page. Then select the Tools, Internet Options command to lure the Internet Options dialog box out into the open. In the General tab, click Use Current. If you decide later on that you prefer Internet Explorer's default home page, click Use Default. If you'd rather not see any page at startup, click Use Blank. Before I show you how to use this page to see more of the Web, let's take a minute or two and get our bearings by checking out the main features of the Internet Explorer window: · Page title--The top line of the screen shows you the title of the current Web page. · Address bar--This area shows you the address of the current page. Web page addresses are strange beasts, indeed. I'll help you figure them out a bit later in this chapter. Windows Wisdom When you light out for another page, Internet Explorer may pause for a while and then display a message that says This page cannot be displayed. This often means that the Web site is kaput or down temporarily. However, I've found that Internet Explorer displays this message for no good reason a lot of the time, and that pressing F5 to refresh the page will bring the program to its senses. · Links bar--This barely visible toolbar has various buttons that each represent a predefined link. · Content area--This area below the Address and Links bars takes up the bulk of the Internet Explorer screen. It's where the body of each Web page is displayed. You can use the vertical scrollbar to see more of the current page. · Links--The content area for most Web pages also boasts a link or two (or 10). These links come in two flavors: images and text (the latter are usually underlined or in a different color than the rest of the text). When you put the mouse pointer over a link, Internet Explorer does two things (see Figure 18.1): It changes the pointer into a hand with a pointing finger, and it displays, in the status bar, the address of the linked page.