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Dave's Beginners Guide to the Internet

Browser Basics

Part I

Tip: Lots of times you will see a scroll bar on the right-hand side of a web page -- hold down your mouse button over it and drag down to scroll. Sometimes there is also one at the bottom of a web page -- click and drag it to the right to scroll.

So you've managed to find your way to here. Where exactly are you? Right now, you are viewing what is known as a web page with a piece of software known as a web browser, most likely Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. If you aren't sure which you are running, look at the very top of this window. It should read "Browser Basics - Dave's Beginners Guide to the Internet - Netscape" if you are running Netscape Navigator, or "Browser Basics - Dave's Beginners Guide to the Internet - Microsoft Internet Explorer" if you are running Microsoft Internet Explorer. Don't worry if you are running another browser program instead, you should be able to make it through this course just fine.

A web browser is a program that displays a web page. A web page is a text file that contains information and the instructions on how to display that information in a format we call HTML. Web pages can include text, pictures (which we usually call graphics our images out here...), sounds, and, most importantly, links. Links are one of the most important parts of a web page. They allow you to move from one web page to another web page with the simple click of a mouse. If you arrived at this web page from Course Index - Dave's Beginners Guide to the Internet, you followed a link here. In the previous sentence, there should be an underlined piece of text. That underlined piece of text is a link. If you click on it, you will be returned to the Course Index.

Note: Although many links are underlined text (usually blue) they can actually be any color, and sometimes they aren't underlined at all anymore. Also, many times a link is hidden behind an image. So if you click that image, it's just like clicking an underlined text link.