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Fri, 23 Apr 1999 08:27:05 -0400

>Internet Tip of the Day:
> You've probably viewed hundreds if not thousands of web
>pages on your journey through the Internet. The computer
>program that allows you to see a web page is called a
>web browser.
> Two of the most popular web browsers are
>Internet Explorer from Microsoft and Communicator from
> Today we will spend a little time exploring the
>browser and discuss what it is and how to use it.
> Let's compare a browser to a TV. A TV is a box
>with a big view screen in the middle. Often a TV will
>have buttons or controls that can be used to increase or
>decrease the volume and also change which program is displayed
>on the view screen.
> A web browser is very similar. It too has a viewing area
>in the middle. It has buttons (usually at the top) that allow you to
>control how and what you are viewing.
> Going back to the TV analogy...if you unplug the cable
>(cable TV) from the back of your television you will no longer
>be able to view pictures. The TV still works fine and you
>can turn the volume up and down or change channels (even
>though you'll probably get static on every channel). The
>important idea is that the TV will turn on when it's not hooked
>up to just won't display the programs we want.
> A web browser is nearly the same as a TV. You can open
>your web browser even if you aren't hooked up to the Internet.
>You probably won't be able to view you favorite web pages, but
>the browser itself works fine.
> Even though this seems like a simple point, many, many
>people think their browser is "The Internet". A browser IS NOT
>The Internet. A browser is simply a view screen that can
>display web pages. In this case, think of the Internet as the
>conduit that moves data from various computers around the world
>to your browser and vice versa.
> Let's discuss a few of the buttons we can use to control
>the browser. Across the top of most browsers are a bunch of
>buttons (back, forward, stop, etc..) This row of buttons is
>called the TOOLBAR. We will quickly discuss the function of
>some of the buttons on the toolbar.
>BACK - Each time you press the "Back" button, you will view the
>web page you last visited. Of course, if you have just started
>your browser there won't be a previous web page and this
>button will be grayed out.
>FORWARD - If you have used the "Back" button to view a previous
>web page, pressing "Forward" will return you to the page you
>just left. This button is grayed out when there is no page in
>front of the one you're viewing.
>STOP - The "Stop" button interrupts the current web page while
>it is loading from the Internet to your computer.
>REFRESH/RELOAD - If you have stopped a web page from
>completely loading, you may press the "Refresh/Reload" button
>to reload the page. Sometimes a web page may seem to stall
>out or not load properly. In this case you can press the
>"Refresh" button and often the page will reload properly.
> Tomorrow we'll talk about some of the more advanced
>functions of the web browser.
>Web Site of the Day:
>Learn more about how your web browser works by clicking
>on the "Help" menu at the top of your web browser.
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