Well, let's just start somewhere, anywhere. It's easy to jump on in, and you'll get the hang of it real quick.
We'll just start with this page, shall we? The text you're looking at in called a Web Page. The Window, or frame around this text is called your web browser, or navigator window. Typically, you should see a row of menu items along the top of this window (unless you're using a mac, in which case it'll be at the top of your screen). Here is a sample of what you should be seeing...
This image was taken on my computer. It is Netscape Navigator Gold version 3.0 in Windows 95. Don't worry if the border colors don't match yours, I use custom colors on my computer.
Now... information is organized into topics. Usually each topic has it's own web page. Navigating from page to page is pretty simple. When you see a link, which looks like this, just move the mouse cursor over it (so it turns into a hand), and click your left mouse button on it ONCE. (Mac users, just press THE button, there's only one...)
After you click on the link, your web browser will start to load up the next page. While the new page is loading, you will notice an animation in the top-right corner of your browser window will start moving. when you user Netscape navigator, the icon (or little picture) will look something like the one on the right. You'll know when your web page is finished loading when either the animation stops (but sometimes it doesn't), or when the text "Document: Done" appears in the status line at the bottom-left of your navigator window.
BE PATIENT! Sometimes the net is a little busy and it might take a little while for your web page to load up completely. Clicking on the link again won't make it go any faster. In fact, it will usually result in the transfer starting over again, making you wait even more.
Ok, the next way to navigate web pages, and the faster of the two, if you already know where your going, is to just type in the address that you want to go to. In the image above, you'll notice that at the top of the window, there is a row of buttons (Back, Forward, Home, Reload, etc.) Just under that is a box with some text in it. You can highlight that text and type in the address of the page that you want to go to. Just type it, and press [Enter].
One last tip...
If you're at a page, and you want to go back to the page you were just on before it, press the (Back) button. If you've gone back, and you want to go forwards, press the forward button.
last edited by: eric
on: Wednesday, July 30, 1997
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