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Netscape Navigator Tutorial

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Netscape--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 Netscape Navigator such as:

  • opening new browsing windows and mail messages
  • opening and saving Web pages
  • printing, sending Web pages by E-Mail and editing Web pages
  • going offline, and synchronizing files, 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 in Page..." or "Find Again". By selecting the function "Search Internet", you will be taken to Netscape's search engine. Netscape's operating preferences can be set by the final function in this menu.

The View Menu

Many valuable functions are located here regarding the look and layout of Netscape Navigator. The first few functions can be utilized to arrange the toolbars and menus. Following functions include changing the font size, refreshing the current Web page, and stopping it from loading. Remaining functions are, viewing the source code of a page, viewing the current page's info, and altering the character sets.

The Go Menu

This simple menu allows you to move back one page, forward one page, and return to your set "Home" page. A history list of the five previous pages you have visited also builds below these three commands. This allows you to simply select a Web page you have been to previously, saving you the time of retyping the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) or searching again for that specific page.

The Communicator Menu

This menu is similar to Internet Explorer's Favorites. However, more options can be accessed, such as opening new Netscape windows, accessing newgroups, address book, Netscape Messenger for E-Mail services, and depending on what options were selected during installation of Navigator, other functions such as Composer or Radio features become available too. Bookmarks house your collection of "links", and advanced features include the Tools and Server Tools menu items.

The Help Menu

As with Internet Explorer, if you encounter any difficulties while browsing the Internet, or need further assistance on menu contents or functions, Netscape Navigator contains advice and instructions which are available in the help menu. The common "Contents" and "Index" pages are here, along with online registration of your Navigator, software updates, and "About" information.

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Netscape Navigator--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. If you click and hold down the left mouse button on this icon, a drop-down list will appear 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 often active,and often shown as a negative. This button becomes useful when you have used the "Back" icon to view previously visited pages, and wish to move forward or return to the page you began moving back from. If you click and hold down the left mouse button on this icon, a drop-down list will appear from which you can select Web pages to jump to, without having to click the "Forward" icon many times.

The Reload 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. Now in order to update this cache and to see the most up to date data on the page, you are required to click the "Reload" icon.

The Home Icon

Clicking this simple function allows you to return to your set "Home" page, that your browser defaults to upon opening. The "Home" page can be set in the "Preferences..." function, under the "Edit" menu.

The Search Icon

When clicked, this option opens a Web page to Netscape's search engine page. From a list directly to the left of the search window, you can select which search engine to use. Once you have selected your choice, type a keyword into the search box and hit the search button or the "Enter" key on your keyboard. After waiting a few moments, you should see your search results.

The My Netscape Icon

Selecting this icon will lead you to a "My Netscape" Web site. Here you will find information on many subjects relating to what's around you or interests you personally, such as stock reports, sports, news and weather forecasts and even television listings for your area.

The Print Icon

This icon is self explanatory 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 Security Icon

This function is better suited for more advanced users who wish to check the security status of Web pages they browse. A window pops up, within it is contained information about the current page you are on.

The Shop Icon

If you wish to buy products online, clicking this icon with open Netscape's shopping Web site. Here you can choose from a number of product categories, search for certain products and select from a number of "links" that will open Web sites dedicated to ordering products online. NOTE: If you do wish to order a product online, never send your credit card number through E-Mail, or Web sites you do not completely trust.

The Stop Icon

If for a reason such as, 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 "Reload" the page to see if it will load up quicker, or select another page to view.

The Bookmarks Icon

When clicked, this option opens a pull-down menu next to your mouse pointer. As explained in the "Main Menus" section of this tutorial, the "Bookmarks" contain saved Web page addresses for faster access. That list is what appears in this pull-down menu. Simply select the "link" you wish to visit to access that Web page.

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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