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Web browser basics and how to use your browser toolbar effectively - Part I

Updated on October 27, 2014

Pro's & con's to Web Browsers

The web is a place for many things today, and we are all very fortunate to have such a resource to turn to for almost anything. When a person first logs onto their computer they are normally greeted with cool logo's from that particular pc manufacturer who devoted their time, skills, and brilliant mind powers of a cooperate organizations brain food, to bring about such a useful tool to us all, anywhere from basic essential needs in communications with others to being messaged via email this is where technology has brought us all today.

The Verge

We are at the verge of a superb heightened state of alertness in dealing with humanity as a whole. All of this is also due to the connectedness people now have, while being behind these cool machines, and all the newer latest gadgets.

What many people have no clue about is how certain things work for them, and how certain other things dealing with these smart technologies do not. This has posed a great deal of trouble for the average online user who simply wants to be either entertained by these new digital products, or is seeking some sort of relevant use to them in their life, and in dealing with what interest them.

Today's Online Life

Today I will be embarking on an adventurous journey, and campaign to help all those people who feel lost, dazed and confused due to an information overload, and for those who simply are looking for guidance to understand a simple benefit from something such as a web browser toolbar, let alone be able to know everything that a web browser is fully capable of doing for them.

Some people have no clue that if they we're to study about such a topic, it can take them from having nothing at all, to becoming extremely aware about the new age of digital everything, and can potentially make all the difference for them if they get a much better grasp on it all.


A great deal of people have no idea how a web browser works

Web browsers have a history of their own, and the first thing a person must know is which one's they have the option of using, and then out of those, which do they prefer to use, based on the factors of the likelihood of browser vulnerabilities, which generally lead to their information on their pc becoming in danger of intrusion from the Internet communications itself, which that individual may have actually been responsible for unleashing onto their computer system without knowing.

Since many people are unaware of the pro's and cons to having a web browser, and which one's are the least used or least popular amongst avid users, and those which pose the greatest threat of using, people also don't understand what ways they can benefit from such a knowledge, and how it will change their outlook on the overall usage of this web technology we have at our disposal today.

Proven Professional Skills Helps

I'm a computer technician, a certified electronics technician, a calibration expert, and I also had attended 4 years of college for civil engineering, as well as have 10 years of Naval training on my belt, so I can say I've learned a great deal about the usage of computers, since each phase of my life I've had to adapt to them, besides all the professional training courses I've received in years past. With that said lets move on to the definition of a web browser, and how it all works for the average online user, web surfer, and advanced users.

RSS Feed Symbol

RSS (originally RDF Site Summary, often dubbed Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works
RSS (originally RDF Site Summary, often dubbed Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works | Source

Definition of a web browser & RSS feed intro

According to wikipedia a web browser is defined as "A web browser is a software application for retrieving, presenting, and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web", link ref wikipedia commons.

Based on that definition a person can easily get confused as to how a web browser can work today, I say this because there's a great deal of hidden things, functions, and abilities that aren't described in such a definition, and left up to that person to discover on their own, or with the assistance of someone who's much more knowledgeable in that area.

I have learned many uses of a web browser merely by trying to play around with it all, and by trying both my mouse functions while hovering over many parts of the web browser, both the right click button, and that of the left click mouse button. You would be surprised how many hidden menu's actually pop up after clicking the right mouse button, and what functions you can initiate by clicking the left one.

In terms of what a web browser toolbar is, it affords the user a menu listing across the top of the web browser which allows for storage of RSS feeds, which are listings of the web locations from which the person chose to save from and add to their web browser toolbar. This can be done in a very simple way and I will be providing the steps to do so, I'll also get into a brief overview of how to understand what an RSS Feed does, and how it can help anyone who learns of its usage.

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Steps to enable a web browser's Bookmarks Toolbar

Using Mozilla Firefox

  1. Hover your mouse directly over the web address bar aligned to the web browsers functions menu listing. You should physically have your mouse on a top part(upper portion) of the web browser (using Mozilla Firefox).
  2. Right click the screen (click the right mouse button)
  3. This should open up a menu listing, and you should see info regarding the toolbar, with blue check marks towards the left of the listing.
  4. You can enable your toolbar from being accessible there, by checking the or un-checking them.
  5. Left click your mouse to place a Check mark next to the bookmarks toolbar listing.
  6. This will open the bookmarks toolbar and place it onto the top of your web browser.
  7. Once this is done you will now have access to utilize it, and can benefit greatly from such.
  8. Now that you have successfully learned how to access your toolbar, you can also reduce the toolbar clutter (excess toolbar's & take note that the Ask toolbar is a malicious one), if way to many have been automatically placed there, from adding of programs, that automatically install them there onto your web browser.


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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Hello @Nell Rose, I'm so happy you found this hub of use to you, yup explore sucks to me as well, I love Firefox the most.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Hey Molometer, thanks man for giving my tech hub here a shot, that was cool of you, see you soon in your hubs too.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, great tutorial to help anybody who is not sure what works and where, I have recently started using firefox because I got so fed up with explorer, this was really helpful, thanks!

    • molometer profile image


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mike,

      Another great tutorial hub and the videos were very easy to follow.

      A great resource for all hubbers new and established.

      Sharing this everywhere.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Hi there @Flashmakeit, I'm so glad you enjoyed this web browser basics tutorial hub, many people have no clue as to how they work, and so I figured why not give it a shot at helping them all out.

      Thanks for showing your support for my effort here, and I'll be visiting your hubs soon.

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      6 years ago from usa

      Very useful hub and I am waiting for part two so I can really learn more about RSS which I believe is xml.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks again bro for visiting, for reading, and for sharing with me digitally. I wish everyone good gain from things I've learned in my experiences using computers & the web, hope it come to some use for you stay tuned for part 2 its on its way soon, talk to you soon my brother.

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      6 years ago

      Yo Mike this good man keep coming bro,



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