Lesson 2
What Do All Those Buttons and Bars Do?


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In this lesson, you will:

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Now you will start working with all those bars and buttons that you see on your screen and some functions that are hidden in menus behind the buttons. 

In this lesson you will learn the location and purpose of many browser functions.  You will be given examples of and will be given opportunities to practice using each function. 

One caution: the screen shots used in this module are pictures of my browser which I have customized.  If you are missing a button that you would like to have on your Button Bar, go to the far right of the Button Bar and click on the button with two right arrows.  Go to Customize. There you will find a menu that lets you add and remove buttons. 

One hint: if you have icons (pictures) only on your Button Bar and are having trouble remembering what they represent, go to Customize, and select add text labels.  Another way to find out what the button is for you to rest your pointer on the icon for a second and the label will be revealed.

Practice:

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In this step you will define the purpose of the Back Button

The Back Button:  This button will take you back to whatever document you were previously viewing. Pressing it immediately takes you back one document. If you have browsed many pages, or are well into a multi-page document, pressing it repeatedly will continue to back you up one page at a time. Once you reach your starting location, it will be grayed-out and unavailable.

Activity

Go to several websites.  Practice using the Back Button.

 

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In this step you will define the purpose of the Forward Button.

The Forward Button:  This button will take you forward to the next document if you have previously browsed multiple documents and then backed-up to the page you are currently viewing. (If you have not backed up at all, the forward button will be grayed-out) Pressing it repeatedly will continue to move you forward one page at a time. You can move forward until you reach the last page that you browsed, at which time the forward button will be grayed-out.

Activity

Go to several websites.  Practice using the Forward Button.

 

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In this step you will define the purpose of the Stop Button.

The Stop Button:  The stop button stops ANY current operations by Internet Explorer. It will stop any type of file from loading. It can also be used to stop animations from continuing once a page is loaded. If you press it before a page has finished loading, the page will display everything it finished loading before the stop button was pressed. If a document is completely loaded and there are no animations, movies, or other files still running, the stop button will have no immediate function.

Activity

1. Go to http://www.ivc.illinois.edu/

2. Hit the stop button as soon as you get there.

3. Go to http://www.ivc.illinois.edu/

4. This time let it fully load.  Notice the difference.

 

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In this step you will define the purpose of the Refresh Button.

The Refresh Button:  This button will reload the current document that you are viewing. It is useful if the page updates very frequently so that you can view these changes as soon as they are available. If you are loading a document and the transfer was interrupted, you can reload the full document again by clicking here.

Activity

1. Go to http://harpercollege.edu

2. Notice the picture of the student.

3. Select the refresh button.  You should now see a picture of a different student.

 

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In this step you will define the purpose of the Home Button.

The Home Button:  This button will return you to the page you have selected as the default start-up page for Internet Explorer. It will not take you back to the beginning of your web browsing.  It will just return you to your home location from where you are. If you press back after reaching your home page, you will go back to the page you left after you hit the Home button.

Activity

Select the Home Button from whatever page you are currently viewing.

 

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In this step you will define the purpose of the Search Button.

The Search Button:  This button will take you to the page you have selected as the default Web search page for Internet Explorer. If you have not selected a page it will take you to Microsoft's default search page.

Activity

Select the Search Button.  Try using the search engine.

 

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In this step you will define the purpose of the Favorites Button.

The Favorites Button:  This button will open up the Favorites menu. You can choose a favorite website that you wish to go to from the list, add a favorite website to the list, or organize your favorite websites from this menu.

Activity

At this point, just select the button and deselect it to see what happens.  It should make your list of Favorites visible to the left of your Content Area.  You will need Favorites to be visible for Lesson 4.

 

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In this step you will define the purpose of the Print Button

The Print Button:  The print button will bring up a Print dialog box. In the box you can decide if you would like to print the contents of the page you are viewing, how many pages you will print, and also how many copies you will print. Keep in mind that if you try to print a page that is graphics intensive, you will need a printer that is capable of printing graphics. Also, the more graphics and pages a Web site has, the longer it will take to print.

Activity

Select the Print Button and print the current page you are viewing.

 

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In this step you will define the purpose of Email Button.

The Mail Button:  This button will open into a drop down menu from which you can select to read or send E-Mail.

Activity

Select the Mail Button.  It will not take you to your email unless your system is configured to do that.

 

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The next step is Lesson 3.