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Searching the Web

You can find all kinds of information on the web. The best way to find information is to use a search engine. A search engine is a program you access through a web site and use to search through a collection of Internet information to find what you want. Many search engines are available on the web, such as MSN, AltaVista, Google, AOL Search, and Excite. When performing a search, the search engine compares keywords with words that if finds on various Internet web sites. Keywords are words or phrases that best describe the information you want to retrieve. If the search engine finds your keywords in the stored database, it lists the matched sites on a web page. These matched sites are sometimes called hits. The company that manages the search engine determines what information its database stores, so search results of different search engines vary.

Search for Information

Click the Start button, and then click Internet Explorer, or open any folder window, such as My Documents.

Click the Search button on the toolbar.

TIMESAVER Press Windows key+F to open the Search window.

Click Search The Internet and a category, if necessary.

Type the information you want to find.

Click Search.

Click a link, and then view the information on the page.

To perform a new search, click Start A New Search at the bottom of the Search Companion.

When you're done, click the Close button on the Search Companion.



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