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Getting Familiar With Your Browser

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This section will help you understand common terms and tools of the internet:
Title Bar
, Menu Bar, Address Bar, Tool Bar ,
Back/Forward
, Stop and Refresh buttons, Home button.

Title Bar

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Let's take it from the top. The name of the Web site or title of the page you are viewing is found on the top left hand corner of your screen. Traditionally, this horizontal blue bar runs across the entire width of your screen. This blue bar that contains the name of the Web site is called the Title Bar. The Title Bar always lets you know where you are by sharing the title of the Web site you are visiting. This bar does not take you anywhere, but it always lets you know where you are.

Menu Bar

Underneath the Title Bar is the menu bar.

menu bar example

The Menu Bar is the horizontal band that contains commands and options that can be chosen with the mouse. In Internet Explorer, these selections are File, Edit, View, Favorites, Tools, and Help, just as pictured above.

Clicking on each of the items in the standard Menu Bar at the top of your page will cause a menu to appear that is a useful way to access the many features of Internet Explorer. The last menu item is the Help item. Surprisingly enough, you will often be able to click Help and find answers to your questions.

Address Bar

The address bar has unique functionality, it both shows you where you are, and allows you to find things you might already know the web address for. As an example, in this screenshot:

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you'll note that the Address showing is that of the KLTA web site. You can also, after deleting all of the text in that box, type in the web address of any website that you know the address for, such as www.yahoo.com, and click Go. You would then be taken to Yahoo. We'll practice this in a minute, after we learn about the final, and most useful, bar in Internet Explorer.

Tool Bar

toolbar example

As its name implies, this is the area where a lot of work gets done. The Tool Bar is much like the Menu Bar stretching from left to right across the top of your screen just under the Address Bar. Each of these icons has a text description of its function under the icon itself. If you do not see the text description, hold your mouse pointer over the icon, and the function of the icon will appear. Either way, it will not take you long to associate each function with its picture. Let's become familiar with the first area which contains five icons. The remainder of the icons on the Tool Bar will be left to your exploration.

Back/Forward buttons back button example

The first icon on the Tool Bar is the Back button. You will be surprised how often you will want to return to a Web page or Web site you enjoyed earlier. You click this button to go back one page. For example, if you wanted to return to the first page of this lesson, you would click the Back button. If you wanted to go back to the Tutorial start page, you would click it twice, because that was the page you viewed 2 links ago.

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Ready to return to the Web page you were viewing before you backtracked with the Back button? The Forward button can return you to square one by undoing the action of the back button. You cannot go forward if you haven't gone back. The Tool Bar will indicate this by showing the Forward arrow in a gray color. The gray color indicates that particular option is not available. When any menu item or icon is "grayed out," it means it is not an available option at that time.

Stop and Refresh buttons stop button examplerefresh button example

The Stop button is located to the right of the Back and Forward arrows. Clicking the Stop button will stop the page you have selected from downloading. Click the Stop button if a page is taking too long to download. What if you changed your mind and do not want to visit a page? Just click this button. Occasionally you find that you have clicked on a wrong link. Again, the Stop button to the rescue.

The next icon is the Refresh button. Remember one of the unique characteristics of the Internet is that it is constantly being updated and changed. It might be important to you that you are viewing the very latest information. For that reason, you have a Refresh button. Just click the Refresh button and your browser will reload the latest version of the page you are viewing.

Home Page button home button example

In reference to this button, the home page is the Web page that appears every time you open your browser. Clicking the home page icon found on the Tool Bar will take you to the specific page you have set as your browser's home page.

Menu and Tool Bars

Here is what they look like when they're all together at the top of your web browser:

top of IE example

Now, you can choose to do one of the following:

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