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Understanding Simple Functions for Web Browsers

Updated on July 15, 2013

The internet is a remarkable, yet highly complex tool. It can be used to look up information, connect with others, shop, play games, publish original works, state opinions, etc. To someone who has never used it before, it may seem intimidating at first, but it is fairly easy to use once you get the hang of it. First, every web browser, such as Internet Explorer and Netscape, has the same command buttons. These commands are: back, forward, stop, refresh, home, search, favorites, and help.

Back: Moves back one page in internet history.

Forward: Moves forward one page in internet history.

Stop: Stops current command or loading page.

Refresh: Refreshes current page (if server isn't found, crashes, etc.)

Home: Returns to the home page (whatever page is currently set to "home")

Search: Searches for word or phrase in search engine.

Favorites: Bookmarks current page under "Favorites". (allows for quck viewing at any time)

Help: Offers advice on how to use a certain command.

Second, to access a particular website, you must have the correct URL. Many years ago, URL's had to start with http:// or https://, then www. Nowadays, many websites are supported with tags that allow them to be accessed without having to type http:// or www. before the URL. However, all website URL's must end with .com, .net, .org, .edu, or .uk (just to name a few) If you have trouble finding a particular site, try entering the URL or some words relating to the site into a search engine.

Hopefully, these tips will help make understanding how to use a web browser to access the internet a bit easier.


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