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Microsoft Internet Explorer Tutorial

MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER

Internet Explorer--Main Menus

One of the keys to operating a piece of software quickly and efficiently, is knowing where each function is located and what it does.

The File Menu

This menu contains some of the more important functions in Internet Explorer such as:

  • opening new browsing windows and mail messages
  • opening and saving Web pages
  • printing, sending Web pages by email and importing and exporting Web pages
  • viewing properties of the current Web page and exiting the program

The Edit Menu

This menu enables you to cut, copy and paste information from or to a Web page. There is also a menu function to quickly select the entire web page you are currently on. To find a specific word on a large Web page, use the function labeled, "Find on This Page".

The View Menu

Many valuable functions regarding the look and layout of Internet Explorer are located here. The first few functions can be utilized to arrange the buttons and menus. Following functions include navigation selections, to move you from one Web page to another, refreshing the current Web page, and stopping it from loading. The remaining functions are more advanced, which includes setting the page text size and language, viewing the source code of a page and a full screen viewing option.

The Favorites Menu

This is one of the most utilized menus in Internet Explorer. Here you have the ability to save the URL (Uniform Resource Locator), or address of the Web page you are on, and quickly access it the next time you wish to see it, without having to retype the URL. You can also organize your "links", into different folders for better clarification and easier access.

The Tools Menu

This menu allows you to access your Email, compose a new Email message and lets you access newsgroups (this section does not relate to Web based Email services). There are also more advanced functions allowing you to synchronize on and offline files, as well as updating your Windows operating system. The final functions are useful when you wish to find more Web sites relating to the current page you are on, as well as setting up preferences for your browser.

The Help Menu

If you have any difficulties while browsing the Internet, or need further assistance on menu contents or functions. This menu has advice and instructions. This menu includes the standard "Contents" and "Index" pages, as well a "Tip of the Day" selection. You can also contact technical support and take a tour of Internet Explorer.

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Internet Explorer--Toolbars

The Back Icon

This button is useful if you wish to return to a previously viewed page, to either read something you have missed, or perhaps to return to a menu page. A drop-down menu will appear by clicking the small down arrow image to the right of the "Back" icon, from which you can select Web pages to jump to, without having to click the "Back" icon many times.

The Forward Icon

This button is not always active, as it is often shown as a negative. This button is useful when you have used the "Back" icon to view previous visited pages, and wish to move forward or return to the page you began moving back from. A drop-down menu will appear by clicking the small down arrow image to the right of the "Forward" icon, from which you can select Web pages to jump to, without having to click the "Forward" icon many times.

The Stop Icon

The Stop icon is helpful for various reasons. For example, if the current Web page is taking too long to load, or you have changed your mind and wish to view another page, the "Stop" icon enables you to interrupt the Web page from loading. You can now try to "Refresh" the page to see if it will load up quicker, or select another page to view.

The Refresh Icon

Clicking this icon will reload the current Web page you are on. This function is useful if the Web page updates frequently. The cache memory area stores Web sites you have previously been to, and loads them faster off your hard drive, instead of off the Internet. To update this cache and to see the most of the up to date data on the page, you are required to click the "Refresh" icon.

The Home Icon

Clicking this simple function allows you to return to your set "Home" page that your browser defaults to after opening. The "Home" page can be set in the "Internet Options" function, under the "Tools" menu.

The Search Icon

When clicked, this option opens a side bar to the left of your browsing area (the space in which you view Web pages). Here you will see search options for finding a Web page, a person's address, a business, look up previous searches, and maps of specific areas. Each of these options comes with its own set of boxes to fill in, and the more information you can give, the more accurate the search results become.

The Favorites Icon

When clicked, this option opens a side bar to the left of your browsing area (the space in which you view Web pages). As explained in the "Main Menus" section of this tutorial, the "Favorites" contain saved Web page addresses for faster access. That list is what appears in the side bar. Simply double click the "link" you wish to visit.

The History Icon

When clicked, this option opens a side bar to the left of your browsing area (the space in which you view Web pages). A list of previously viewed Web sites appears, arranged by date with the most recent beginning at the top. Double click the Web site you wish to return to.

The Mail Icon

When clicked, this icon becomes a drop-down menu with five options. You can read your Email (not related to Web based Email services), create a new Email message, send a link or a Web page to someone, and access newsgroups. One of these options must be selected in order for the function to become active.

The Print Icon
If you wish to print the current Web page you are on, single click this button. Depending on the printer installed on your computer, you should get a dialogue box with printer setup options. Click "OK" to begin printing.

The URL / Address Box
With a single left click of your mouse, you can begin typing the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) or "address" of the Web page you wish to see. This bar is also a pull-down menu, which allows you to see a list of previously visited sites. To access any of these sites, click on the URL or address that interests you.

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