Browsing the Web in Windows 7

A Web address (also known as a URL, which stands for Uniform Resource Locator) is a unique place on the Internet where you can locate a Web page. With Internet Explorer, you can browse sites on the Web with ease by entering a Web address or by clicking a link. Each method is better at different times. For example, you might type an address in the Address bar to start your session. Then you might click a link on that Web page to access a new site. When you type an Internet address in the Address bar, Internet Explorer uses AutoComplete to search for a recently visited page, favorite, and RSS feed that matches (New!) what you’ve typed so far. If Internet Explorer finds one or more matches, it displays a drop-down menu and highlights them in blue. You can also use AutoComplete to fill out forms on the Web, including single-line edits, and user names and passwords. When you visit a site, the Address bar highlights the domain name in black and leaves the remainder of the URL in gray (New!) to help you identify the site name, so you can avoid deceptive ones that try to mislead you.

View a Web Page
Use any of the following methods to display a Web page:

• In the Address bar, type the Web address, and then press Enter.
If you have recently entered the Web page address, AutoComplete remembers it and tries to complete the address for you. The smarter Address bar searches your history, favorites, RSS feeds, displaying a drop-down menu with matches from any part of the Web site address (New!). The suggested matches are highlighted in blue (New!). Click the correct address or continue to type until the address you want appears in the Address list. If you want to get rid of suggestions in the drop-down menu, you can delete them. Point to a menu item, and then click on the Delete button (red X) (New!).

• Click any link on the Web page, such as a picture or colored, underlined text. The mouse pointer changes to a hand when it is over a link.

Change AutoComplete Options
1. Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.

2. Click the Content tab.

3. Click Settings.

4. Select or clear the AutoComplete options you want to turn on or off.

5. To delete AutoComplete history, click Delete AutoComplete history, select the check boxes with the options you want, and then click Delete.

6. Click OK.

7. Click OK.

You can have AutoComplete quickly complete a web address. In the Address bar, type the name of the web site, such as perspection, and then press Ctrl+Enter. AutoComplete adds the “www.” and “.com”.

You can use the Address bar to search for information. In the Address bar, type go, find, or ? followed by a space and a word or phrase, and then press Enter. To turn off or change Address bar searches, click the Tools button, click Internet Options, click the Advanced tab, select options under Search from the Address bar, and then click OK.

You can display the menu bar and toolbars using the Tools button. If you want to display the menu bar and any toolbars, click the Tools button, point to Toolbars, and then click Menu Bar or a toolbar.

Understanding a Web Address
The address for a Web page is called a URL. Each Web page has a unique URL that is typically composed of four parts: the protocol (a set of rules that allow computers to exchange information), the location of the Web site, the name that maintains the Web site, and a suffix that identifies the type of site. A URL begins with a protocol, followed by a colon, two slashes, the location of the Web site, a dot, the name of the Web site, a dot, and a suffix. The Web site is the computer where the Web pages are located. At the end of the Web site name, another slash may appear, followed by one or more folder names and a file name. For example, in the web site address, downloads/main.htm, the protocol is http (HyperText Transfer Protocol), the location of the Web site is www (World Wide Web), the name of the Web site is perspection, and the suffix is com (a commercial organization); a folder at that site is called /downloads; and within the folder is a file called main.htm.

Source of Information : Microsoft Windows 7 on Demand (2009)

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