Learn to Use Internet Explorer

Most computers have Internet Explorer installed. Internet Explorer is the most widely used web browser.
This will help you learn and understand the basic operations and functions of Internet Explorer.
Soon you will be cruising like a real pro.

Opening Internet Explorer Browser

1.      Click the Start  button.

2.      Go to Programs, highlight and click Internet Explorer.

3.      Alternatively click the Internet Explorer icon  on the Desktop or on the Taskbar  next to Start button.

Beginning Basic Browsing

The important thing to remember when you first begin browsing the web is the Web address of a site you wish to visit.
Go up to the "Address Bar" near the top of the page, and click on it.
Now you can type in the Web address of the site you want, and then press enter.
Internet Explorer will go to this site directly.
This is much faster than going to a search engine (Ex Google) and trying to locate the site you want in their directories, or searching for it with a query.
A Search Engine is an application that will attempt to find any documents that contain the subject or phrase that you enter into the search parameters.

  1. Address Bar shown below

  2. Google Search toolbar

  3. Google Search Box

Your first time that you browse the web, you may have some difficulty.
Efficiently browsing the Web is just like any other complex task in life, it takes practice to be good at it.
The fastest way to find something that you don’t know its address is to type a key word into the Search Box & click on the "Google Search" button

 The Main Explorer Toolbar

The main toolbar is composed of different buttons.

  1. 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.
  2. The Forward Button :  This button will take you forward to the next document if you have previously browsed multiple documents and had then backed-up to the page you are currently viewing. (If you have not backed up at all, the forward button will be greyed-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 had browsed, at which time the forward button will be greyed-out.
  3. 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 had 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The Favorites Button :  This button will open up the Favorites menu. You can choose a favorite that you wish to go to from the list, add a favorite to the list, or organize your favorites from this menu.
  8. 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.
  9. The Font Button :  Pressing this button causes Internet Explorer to cycle through the available font sizes. This button is useful if the text is too small to read, or too large to fit comfortably in the window.
  10. The Mail Button :  This button will open into a drop down menu from which you can select to read or send E-Mail. You can also open up your newsgroups from this menu.
  11. The Edit Button :  This button will ONLY be on your toolbar if you have a Windows system Web editor (such as Microsoft Frontpage or Microsoft Word) installed on your computer. If you press this button, it will launch that editor and open the document you are currently viewing in it.

  Printing Web Documents

If your computer is connected to a printer, you can print out any Web document that you wish whether you are viewing it on the Web, or if you are just viewing it from your hard disk.
Go to the file menu from the main menu bar.
From this menu select "Print", the Print dialog box will appear.
In this dialog box you can decide how you would like to print the contents of the page you are viewing, how many pages you will print, and how many copies you will print.

Setting Your Default Start-Up Page or Home Page

The "Start-Up" page is the Web Site that will open every time that you start the Internet Explorer.

  1. From the Tools dialog box, click on the "Internet Options" folder tab at the bottom of the box. You can change the start-up page from here.
  2. Click on "General" and then click in the Address box.
  3. Type the address of the page you would like Internet Explorer to open each time you start the program. If you are satisfied with your choice and are done setting options, click on "Apply" then "OK" at the bottom of the Internet Options box.