Open your browser by clicking on the icon you see
above.� That will open Internet Explorer, which is the browser with which you
can explore the internet.� Don't worry about what page actually opens when you
open up internet explorer.� Sometimes your ISP has placed their own page there,
but it is very easy to change to something else.� I will tell you how a bit
First we will have a look around. You can see all
the options along the top and immediately below them you see the address
This is where you enter the address (also known as URL) of the
page you want to visit.� There are several ways of visiting a page.� You have
already learnt one - by clicking on a link.� Another way is to type the address
in, and yet another is to find it in your Favourites, which we will discuss in a
Examining the menus
The very top row - File, Edit, View, Favouties,
Tools, Help... has drop down menus which you can examine to see what options
there are.�� The drop down menus allow you to do
all sorts of useful things. If the print is too small to read go to View/ Text
size.... and change it! If you are searching through a long document for a
particular reference go to Edit/ Find and type in the word you are looking for.
�Another thing I find useful is in the File menu - you can choose to� print the
page or send it by email, among other things.� The Tools menu gives you the
option to customise the way you view web pages.�
It is really worth examining all the menus - you
will learn lots of things that you did not know you could do!
The next row has various useful icons - if you let
your mouse hover over each one it will tell you what each it
First of all is the Back button, which takes you
back to the page you were on previously. Other useful ones are the Home button
which takes you back the the page you start on each day. The History menu shows a list of addresses from your most recent journey.
You can return to any place along the trail by selecting it from the list. You
can set up your browser to keep this history for as lon as you want it.� I will
tell you about Favourites in more detail.
Use Favorites to save the address of a page to return to later.� If you
find a page that you would like to read again you save it in your favourites.�
While the page is open you go and press Favourites and then choose Add to
Favourites.� Press OK and that is all there is to it.� Now the next time you
want to look at that page go to Favourites and you will see that page in the
list there, click on it and it will open!� Later on, if you are like me, you
will have so many favourites that you have to organise them in categories and
you will have dozens of folders within your Favourites, each with dozens of
addresses in it!
1. Browse to the page you'd like to have as your
2. Open Tools, Internet Options.
3. Click the General tab.
4. For the default page, choose Use
5. Click OK.
Now your IE will display that page each time you
One of the really excellent functions of the internet is that one can look
up absolutely anything.� Unlike an encyclopaedia it does not get out of date.�
You can find recipes, historical facts, news, pictures, the words of a song and
anything else you can think of.� The way we do the searching is by using some
thing called a Search Engine, which is just a web page that you can type your
search into.� The Search Engine I like best and use all the time is Google.� http://www.google.com/
You type the main words of what you want to search for into that
bar in the middle and press Google search.� It will come up with a staggering
number of pages dealing with your topic.�� If it is pictures you want, of dogs
perhaps, you press the Images button and then type in dog...... if it is news
you want you press the News button and type in George Bush or whatever and you
can sort items by the most recent.� What do you do if you get a list of 20
possible sites dealing with your subject?� Do you have to look at them one by
one and go back in between to find the next?� No you do not... read the next
I told you earlier how useful right-clicking can be.� Depending
where the right clicking is done, different menus appear.� If you right click on
a hyperlink you will be given various options including "Open in a new
window".... if you choose that, the page you have chosen to look at opens in a
new browser window, and you can minimise it and find that you are still on the
original page so you can right click on the next link and open that in yet
another window!� When you have opened half a dozen pages you can start reading
them to see if you have what you were looking for.. if not, right click some
Like most software, browsers have copy, cut and paste commands under
the Edit Pull-Down menu. You can paste text from a Web page into a word
processing document or include it in an e-mail. You might use this approach to
copy a definition from an online encyclopedia or an excerpt from an online
article. You can alos save as web page from the file menu, or you can print the
It's easy to save images as files to your desktop
computer. Most images on the Web are in jpeg or gif format. They can be opened
and viewed in your browser and placed in documents. Right click on the image and
from the menu choose Save as....� and save it to your computer.� Make sure you
remember where you put it - in your documents or on your desktop is best.
Be aware that most Web pages have copyrights. You cannot use copyrighted
text or images without citing the original source, and you may need permission
to use material. Respect the ownership of original work.
Many people�are enticed to click on a link and then find they have been
sucked in by an advertisement.� Be aware that lots of sites have advertising on
them and the links you click may well not have been placed there by the site
owner.� Some of these advertisements say fightening things like "Your computer
is not safe!!"� Just ignore them......��
There are other sites who have Pop-up advertisements, which are even more
annoying!� When you go to their site a new page pops up that you had not asked
for - sometimes more than one!� Just grit your teeth and close them.� Or you can
use a pop-up stopper� - I have made a list of programs I find useful and list
one there - http://www.barbaragoss.co.uk/treasures
One of the joys of the internet is that you can communicate with
like-minded people.� There are many ways to do this - on a message board, using
a program like ICQ or MSN Messenger, subscribing to email lists.� By doing all
of the above I have made many new friends, met up with old ones (even a child I
taught in 1963! and girls I was at school with - we are now all grandmothers..)
and kept in close touch with family.
The next page - click the Tips button - gives you some helpful advice.