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Chapter 18. Exploring the Web with Inter... > Tips and Techniques for Better Web S...

Tips and Techniques for Better Web Surfing

Surfing web pages with Internet Explorer is straightforward and easy, but even experienced users might not be aware of all the ways that they can open and navigate pages. Here’s a review of all the techniques you can use to open a web page in Windows Vista:

  • Type a URL in any Address bar— Internet Explorer and all Windows Vista folder windows have an Address bar. To open a page, type the URL in the Address bar and press the Enter key.

  • Type a URL in the Run dialog box— Press Windows Logo+R (or select Start, All Programs, Accessories, Run), type the URL you want in the Run dialog box, and click OK.

    Caution

    When you type a URL in the Run dialog box, you must include the “www” portion of the address. For example, typing microsoft.com won’t work, but typing www.microsoft.com will. If the URL doesn’t have a “www” component—for example, support.microsoft.com—you must include add “http://” to the front of the address.


  • Select a URL from the Address bar— Internet Explorer’s Address bar doubles as a drop-down list that holds the last 25 addresses you entered.

  • Use the Open dialog box for remote pages— Press Ctrl+O to display the Open dialog box, type the URL, and click OK.

  • Use the Open dialog box for local pages— If you want to view a web page that’s on your computer, display the Open dialog box, enter the full path (drive, folder, and filename), and click OK. Alternatively, click Browse, find the page, click Open, and then click OK.

  • Select a favorite— Press Alt+C to open the Favorites Center, click the Favorites button, and then click the site you want to open.

  • Click a Links bar button— If you’ve added buttons to the Links bar, click a button to navigate to that site. See “Customizing the Links Bar for One-Click Surfing,” later in this chapter.)

  • Click a web address in a Windows Mail message— When Windows Mail recognizes a web address in an email message (that is, an address that begins with http://, https://, ftp://, www., and so on), it converts the address into a link. Clicking the link opens the address in Internet Explorer. Note, too, that many other programs are URL-aware, including the Microsoft Office suite of programs.


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