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Windows xp for dummies - Rahbone A.

Rahbone A. Windows xp for dummies - Hungry minds , 2001. - 430 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-0893-8
Download (direct link): microsoftwind2001.pdf
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To avoid typing laborious addresses (those www things), Web browsers allow you to flip through Web pages in a lazy way. Web browsers read hypertext, or Web links. Web page owners embed addresses of other Web pages into their own Web pages. For example, the Web Museum Network in Paris (www.sunsite.unc.edu/louvre) lets you visit museums from Australia to Singapore by simply clicking the museums’ names.
Today’s Web browsers come with little add-on bits of software for spicing things up. They can handle animated cartoons, voices, sounds, music, scrolling marquees, and other flashy goodies. If you kind of squint — and your computer’s powerful enough — it looks like your computer’s turning more and more into a TV.
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A If your browser takes you to a boring Web page, there’s a quick way to go back to the previous page. Click the big Back button in the top-left corner of Internet Explorer. The dutiful Web browser immediately scurries back to the previous location. (Clicking that big Back button when you’re in a folder takes you to the last folder you visited, too.)
A Almost all Web sites come with hyperlinks — highlighted words or buttons that are linked to certain addresses of other computers on the Web. Click the button or highlighted word (usually underlined or a different color), and your Web browser takes you to the Web page with that address. That way you don’t have to type in that weird www stuff.
A Many people use their Web sites to display links to certain hobby areas, such as growing vegetables, weaving, or making cigars.
A Web site addresses look pretty strange. They usually start with the letters www and end with something even weirder looking, like winespectator.com. Now you know what all of those strange-looking words in parentheses mean throughout this chapter. Other addresses skip the www and use http:// instead. Yes, it’s confusing.
Chapter 12: Cruising the Web, Sending E-Mail, and Using Newsgroups
A Sometimes, clicking a Web address doesn’t take you to the page. For example, if a friend e-mails you an address, you may need to type it in by hand. But here’s how to avoid any misspellings: Highlight the Web address by holding down your mouse button and sliding the pointer over the address. Then hold down the Ctrl key and press C. (That copies the address.) Now, click in your browser’s address box and, while holding down the Ctrl key, press V. By doing so, you paste the address in the address box. Press Enter, and your browser should whisk you off to that new site.
How Do I Navigate the Web with Internet Explorer?
After you’ve chosen and set up your Internet service provider — either by choosing The Microsoft Network (MSN), America Online (AOL), AT&T WorldNet, Prodigy, or somebody else — you’re ready to cruise the Internet.
Although Windows XP makes it easier than ever to hook up with an Internet provider, tweaking the settings can be a drag. First, try using the New Connection Wizard by following the step-by-step process that I outline earlier in this chapter. That cures most of the basic problems.
If you’re still having trouble getting your computer set up for the Internet or you need more customized settings, a book like The Internet For Dummies, 7th Edition by John R. Levine, Carol Baroudi, and Margaret Levine Young, (published by Hungry Minds, Inc.) may help.
When Internet Explorer comes to the screen for the first time, as shown in Figure 12-4, it shows The Microsoft Network Web page. The next few sections show how to explore the Web to find other goodies.
What's a home page?
Just as your television set always shows a channel when you turn it on, your Web browser automatically displays a certain portion of the Internet.
Chapter 12: Cruising the Web, Sending E-Mail, and Using Newsgroups
Figure 12-4:
Click the underlined words — hyperlinks — in Internet Explorer to head to other Web sites. (Your mouse pointer turns into a hand when it hovers over a hyperlink.)
The first Web page you see when a Web browser comes to life is called your home page. Your browser’s home page is simply the Web page that always appears when the browser is first loaded. It’s always the same Web site (although you can change it to be any page you like, as described in the next tip.)
A home page of a Web site, however, is a little different. It’s like the cover of a magazine that lists the contents. Whenever you jump to a new Web site, you usually jump to the home page of that site.
After you load your own home page, you can move around the Internet, searching for topics by looking in indexes or simply pointing and clicking from topic to topic.
A Most Web browsers come with their own home page already configured. After you install Internet Explorer and first log on to the Web, for example, you’re whisked away to the Microsoft Network home page (refer to Figure 12-4). A competing company’s browser, Netscape Navigator, takes you to the Netscape home page.
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