Web-Browsing and "Cut-and-Paste" Basics
The following browser basics are common to all browsers. To learn more about your particular browser refer to the "HELP" buttons on your browser, or ask someone who is familiar with your browser.
________ I CAN OPEN A URL
(Enter a web address to connect to a web site.)
Click on the long white bar nearest the top of the screen. If existing text in this bar becomes highlighted just type the web address for the site you want to visit and press the Enter or Return key. Otherwise, click on the white bar and notice the black vertical line (cursor) and delete the existing address, replacing it with the one you want. Press the return or enter key to connect to that web site. Most browsers have a little picture that spins or has comets flying, indicating you're connecting to a web site. If this movement stops, repeat the above and be careful not to give the computer more commands than it can handle at one time.
Anything you point to which turns the arrow cursor to a little hand is called a hyperlink. Click to connect to the resource the hyperlink represents.
______I CAN GO BACK TO PREVIOUS PAGE
Click on the BACK button at the upper left of the screen to return to last page viewed.
______GO BACK TO VIEW WHERE YOU'VE BEEN
Point to the word "GO" at the top of the screen and hold down the left mouse button, (for Macs use the single button,) and drag down to the web location to which you'd like to return.
______I CAN SCROLL BOTH VERTICALLY AND HORIZONTALLY
Point to the vertical bar to the right of the web page and click on the little black vertical arrow at the top which points up, and then on the arrow at the bottom of the scroll bar which points down. The horizontal scroll bar at the bottom works the same way. If you click on the web page, you can also use the regular arrow keys.
______I CAN PRINT ANY WEB PAGE______I CAN GET TO THE ONLINE HELP RESOURCES AND TUTORIALS
To print any web page click on the print button at the top of the screen or select the Print option from the "File" pull-down menu.
Click on the HELP button and experiment with both the Index and Contents options. Type "browsing" in the white bar of the Index option to see how easily it provides you with tips. Scan down the "Contents" listing to appreciate all the options available.
_____I CAN USE CUT AND PASTE WITH TEXT
Open a new document with any word-processing program and return to the browser. Hold the left or single mouse button down and drag it across text from any web page until the text is highlighted. From the "Edit" pull-down menu at the top of the screen select "COPY" (while the text is still highlighted.) Return to your word-processing document and select from the "Edit" menu the "PASTE" option. Repeat the process until you are comfortable with the steps.
_____I CAN SAVE ANY IMAGE OR WEB PAGE
Point to any image on any web page and:
FOR PC'S: Hold down the RIGHT button and select 'Save Image As,' and save this image wherever you like. You can then use the "Insert Image" of your word-processing or graphics programs to use the image with your own files. Be aware of copyright issues. To save a web page select File/Save, only the text will be saved. Images must be saved individually.
FOR MAC'S: Hold down the single mouse button and select "Save Image As," and save the image. Note you can "Copy this image" which allows you to "PASTE" it in any document. Be aware of copyright issues. To save a web page select File/Save, only the text will be saved. Images must be saved individually.