Starting Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer's Main Screen
Navigating a Web Site
Using Internet Explorer to Find Information
Keeping Track of Where You've Been
Finding Other Web Sites
Printing a Web Page
Changing Internet Explorer's Configuration
Internet Explorer's Main Menu
Internet Explorer's Toolbar
Microsoft Internet Explorer is a web browser developed by Microsoft Corporation1. It is assumed that Internet Explorer has been installed on your computer and configured for your use – please see the documentation accompanying the Internet Explorer distribution disks for information re installation and initial configuration.
These notes are based on versions 3.02 forWindows 95 and 3.01 for Windows 3.1 – differences may be found with other versions2.Internet Explorer also comes in several varieties: different combinations of the browser client, the mail client, and/or the TCP/IP stack and dialler. These notes refer to the features of the ‘browser only’ combination3. [See the Microsoft web site for more information about these different combinations – specifically, see: www.microsoft.com/ie.]
Note that the screens shown here are from aWindows 95 computer – slight differences in the screen layout will be found with computers using Windows 3.1 or Windows for Workgroups. However, all the functions described below will be the same regardless of the type of computer being used.
Starting Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer’s Main Screen
As with all Windows software packages, the Internet Explorer screen has a title bar, main menu and toolbar at the top of the screen, a status bar at the bottom of the screen, and when required, scroll bars on the right and just above the status bar.
$ Toolbar % Status Bar
When you click on the Links button (to
the right of the Address Field), a new set of buttons appears. These
are used to access a variety of web resources(click here for more detail
on the Links
Navigating a Web Site
Information displayed through Internet Explorer is contained in ‘web pages’ located in ‘websites’ which are set up by organizations or individuals for a particular purpose. A web site may exist on a single computer or it may be spread out over several computers. It doesn’t matter to the user as the web browser (in this case Internet Explorer) does all the linking for you.
A web page can contain whatever its designer wants – text, graphics, menus, links to other pages or other internet services. Web pages are designed usingHTML– HyperText MarkupLanguage – a programming language that results in the graphical display you see on your screen. A ‘home page’ is simply a special type of web page – the first point of contact with the organization or person providing the information.
may show up as a highlighted and/or underlined
word (usually a different colour than the rest of the text), a picture
(graphic) or an icon (symbol). When you click on a link with your mouse,
you will be taken to the web page that contains the information represented
by the link. For example, in the screen shown below, you can get to the
site for a particular DHC by clicking on its name (e.g. Grey Bruce) OR
by clicking on the area of the map (near Owen Sound) which represents that
county (or counties).
Using Internet Explorer to Find Information5
After exploring the initial web site (your HOME location), check out
the wide range of information sources provided through the Links
Toolbar – if this toolbar is not currently visible, click on
the Links button to the far right of the Address field.
|Best of the Web||Access to a wide range of information sources, grouped by topic.|
|Today’s Links||Articles, announcements and new sites considered to be of interest to MSIE users – changes daily.|
|Web Gallery||Information and resources of interest to users and builders of web sites.|
|Product News||Information about Internet Explorer and other Microsoft products.|
|Microsoft||Link to Microsoft’s home page.|
A wide variety of services are provided here,
and these change over time as Microsoft adapts to meet the needs of its
users.6 For example, here is a copy of
the initial page of Best of the Web, which can also be accessed
by selecting it from the GO menu:
Keeping Track of Where You’ve Been
Before long you will have found many web sites that you will want to
return to regularly. Rather than having to access them in what may have
been a rather convoluted route in the first instance, you can add these
sites to your list of Favorites, providing
more direct access to them in the future.
To access a site currently on your list
of Favorites, simply open the Favorites menu and click on the
site you want to access.
Finding Other Web Sites
As you explore, you will find links that take you to other web sites and the information contained in them, some of which you will make note of for future use by adding them to your list of Favorites. But this is only ONE way of finding other sites. Web site addresses (or URLs) are all around us – on television or radio, in magazines and newspapers, on business cards or brochures, and given to us by friends and colleagues.
When you want to go to a web site whose address or URL you have been given, you need to provide that address toInternet Explorer directly. This can be done in one of 2 ways:
Printing a Web Page
Printing the web page currently displayed on the screen is as easy as clicking on the Print icon on the Toolbar. As with other Windows software, it will be printed on the default printer, as this is currently defined through Windows.
Before printing a web page, however, it's a good idea to check how long it really is and whether you actually want the whole thing. A web page can be of any size -- it may be the equivalent of less than one printed page or a hundred printed pages!
You can control how much you print, along with
other things, by selecting Print from the File menu. Here
you will be presented with a standard Windows Print dialog box from
which you can specify how many pages you want to print. The PageSetup
option can be used to change the appearance of the printed page.
The best source of information about Internet
Explorer is the Help menu. Selecting Help Topics
will take you to a standard help system where most questions will be answered.
Changing Internet Explorer’s Configuration
Options, found on the View menu,
is where changes are made to the way Internet Explorer operates
and looks. The General section, or tab, provides opportunities
to change what gets displayed, the colours of the text, background and
links, and to customize the Toolbar.
|General||Items related to screen colours, layout of the toolbar, and controlling the display of images, sounds and video.|
|Connection||Items related to your modem connection.|
|Navigation||Items related to the location of your Start Page and the History folder.|
|Programs||Items related to the configuration of Mail and News and your file type list.|
|Security||Items related to controlling content displayed, the use of certificates and the use of ActiveX and Java.|
|Advanced||Items related to when warnings are given – e.g. before accepting a "cookie".|
For more information, use the Find feature in the Help
system to find all the topics related to Options.
Overview of Internet Explorer’s Main Menu and Toolbar Buttons
A. Main Menu
|File||items related to opening,
saving, printing and checking the Properties of web pages
|Edit||standard Windows items – undo, cut, copy, paste, find – plus an option to edit the HTML code of the current page|
|View||items related to controlling the screen display, refreshing the screen, looking at the ‘source code’ for a web page and changing Internet Explorer’s configuration|
|Go||items related to moving around, accessing the history folder (web pages accessed during the current session), and accessing a variety of web resources|
|Favorites||used to add to and organize
the list of Favorites (or specially marked sites)
|Help||contains a number of ways
to get help, from an online tutorial to online support
B. Toolbar Buttons
|Back||clicking on this button takes
you back to the previously selected web page
|Forward||clicking on this button takes
you forward one (previously selected) web page
|Stop||clicking on this button will
cause Internet Explorer to stop trying to load the currently
|Refresh||clicking on this button results
in the current web page being reloaded or refreshed
|Home||clicking on this button takes you back to the Start Page identified on the Navigation tab (found under Options on the View menu)|
|Search||clicking on this button takes
you to Microsoft’s Search the Web screen (same as selecting Search
the Web from the GO menu)
|Favorites||clicking on this button is
the same as opening the Favorites menu
|clicking on this button causes
the current web page to be printed on the default printer defined under
|Font||clicking on this button changes
the font of the current display on your screen – each click results
in a change to the next sized font – see Fonts on the View
|click on this button to access
the Mail and News features (if installed)
|Edit||click on this button to edit
the currently displayed web page – same as selecting Current Page
from the Edit menu
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