Lesson 3
So How Do I Use This To Get Around The Web?

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In this lesson, you will:


The Internet is an enormous network of computers that links computers all over the world.  You have heard the term information highway. It is that and more.  How many of you are planning trips, purchasing items, applying to college and for jobs, gaming, listening to music, researching, paying bills, watching movies, and communicating with family, friends, and colleagues online.  Now you are thinking about taking courses online!

The Web is fast becoming an integral part of our lives.  There is a massive amount of information available.  In this lesson, you will learn some basic navigation techniques so youíll know where you have been, how to get back there, and how to get to other places on the Web. 

In Lesson two you learned the location and purpose of some browser functions.  Now letís learn how to use them.  

In this lesson you will learn how to use the Address Bar, follow links, return to where youíve been and to your Homepage.  You will be given examples of and opportunities to practice using each function. 


In this step you will locate Address Bar and enter a Web address.

In this step you will enter a web address in the Address Bar and learn some tips for streamlining this process.


1. Move the mouse to the Address Bar.

2. When you click on the current address, it should be highlighted.

3. Type the address of the Illinois Virtual Campus:


4. Press Enter or use the Go button.

Hear are some timesaving hints when typing addresses:

You donít have to type www or .com.  If you type the rest of the address and press Ctrl+Enter, IE will fill the rest in for you.  This doesnít work for .gov or .edu sites.

AutoComplete keeps track of Web addresses youíve recently typed.  When it recognizes a previously typed address, it completes it for you. 

IE keeps a list of websites youíve previously visited.  Click on the down-arrow on the right of the Address Bar to reveal this list and select the address you want to return to.

Some addresses are complicated.  It is imperative that you type them with 100% accuracy.  If you have an electronic copy of the address, it is wise to copy and paste it into the Address Bar rather than typing it.  The process for copying and pasting is as follows:


1. Select the address.  It should be highlighted.

2. Either select Ctrl+C keys or go to Edit, select copy, go to the Address Box, click the mouse, go to Edit, select paste. 

Practice each of these functions.



In this step you will enter a website and follow a link within a website.

The most popular method of navigating the Web is by following links.  They may be underlined or may simply change color when you pass your mouse over them.  There are also graphical links.  The best indicator that a word or graphic will take you somewhere else is, when you pass your mouse over it, the pointer changes to a pointing hand.

Some links take you to other places on the current website and others take you to other websites.  The best way to tell if you are leaving a site is to look at the Status Bar as you pass your mouse over a link.  If there is a part of the address that matches the current page, itís an internal link.    

Letís experiment.


1. Return to the IVC site using one of methods suggested above.

2. In the middle of the page, there is a bar with the word Student on it.  Select it.  You are taken to another page on the IVC site.  On this site it is easy to tell that you havenít left the site because most pages have the same look and feel.

3. Select the Back Button to return to the IVC Homepage. 



In this step you will follow a link outside website.


1. Return to the IVC Homepage

2. Select the Student link.

3. This time scroll down and select one of the links that is of interest to you.  Keep selecting links until you no longer see the IVC banner.  You have left the IVC site.

4. To return to the IVC Homepage, close the new window by selecting the "X" in the upper right corner of the newly opened web page.  Notice that the Back Button is grayed out.  You cannot use the Back Button when a web page is opened in a new window.



In this step you will use Forward and Back Buttons to trace your path.

You have already used the Back Button in this lesson.  Both the Back and Forward Buttons were defined in Lesson 2. 

Another feature of these buttons is the drop down menu to the right of each button that keeps a record of sites you have recently visited.  This allows you to go directly to a site without having to follow the entire path.


1. Navigate both forward and backward using the Forward and Backward Buttons.

2. Use the drop down menu to go directly to a site.



In this step you will use Home Button to return to the Homepage.

Your Homepage is the page that appears when you first open Internet Explorer.  You will learn how to change this in Lesson 5. 

You may get hopelessly lost when navigating the Internet and want to return to your Homepage.  Selecting the Home button on the Button Bar will accomplish this task.

Return to your Homepage.



In this step you will return to the original web page when the site has opened in a new window.

Sometimes web designers want to make it easy for you to stay on their website.  When you follow a link that opens a new window on top of the window you are viewing, you may minimize the window, have the new window open in a full window, or close the window.  Those buttons are located in the upper right corner of the Title Bar on the new window.  You can also close the new window by selecting File and then Close.


1. Go to the IVC Homepage.

2. Go to Students.

3. Select a category and open an external website.

4. Try all three options above.  Choose the close option last.

5. You will notice that the minimize option creates a button on the bottom of your browser.  This allows you to open it whenever you want to.



In this step you will return to a previously visited web page using the History Button.

IE keeps track of pages you have visited during your current session and past sessions.  You can decide how many days IE will track history.


1. Select the History from the Button Bar.  You should see a list of your visited sites to the left of the Content Area.

2. Select one previously visited site.

3. Experiment with different ways of organizing your History list by selecting one of the options from the View Menu within History.

4. To determine how long you want to keep history, go to Tools on the Menu Bar.

5. Select Internet Options.

6. At the bottom of the General Tab, you will see an option to determine how many days to keep history.

7. Another way to display the History list is to go to View on the Menu Bar, select Explorer Bar, select History.

8. You can make History disappear by either deselecting it from View or by selecting the ďXĒ on the History list, or selecting the History button.



The next step is Lesson 4.