Learning how to use the Internet is no different than getting started with any new tool or resource. Once you know the basics, you’ll be able to use it more efficiently, and accomplish what you want to get done in less time. You’ll find that in addition to being great for shopping and staying in touch with family and friends, it’s a wonderful tool to find information on topics that can help you in your everyday life. It’s filled with valuable resources about jobs, health, education, money and more.
The Web Browser
A Web browser is your doorway to everything that is online. The most common browsers are Firefox™, Chrome™, Internet Explorer® and Safari®. To open your browser, just click on the browser icon on your computer’s desktop. Now you’re ready to surf and explore the Web! Have fun.
Although browsers may look different from one another, they all perform similar functions. When you want to visit a website, you can simply type the Web address that begins with www. If you don’t know the address, you can search for a site by typing a topic into the search bar, which is usually at the top of your browser window.
Some Common Browser Features
Every browser has a “back” button that lets you return to the previous page so you won’t get lost if you navigate away. Plus, every browser has a host of menu items that let you perform different functions — you can bookmark sites that you visit often so you can easily return to them without needing to type in the entire web address, view a list of recently visited websites, even change the size of the page for easier viewing, and more.
The best way to learn about browsers is to sit at the computer, perform various searches and just have fun doing so: click on the different menu items and buttons, search for topics and open different pages.
Browser Basics shows how to use the most basic Internet tool — the Web browser.
How to Search Online
How to Search Online demonstrates how simple it is to search the Web and find exactly what you're looking for.