Web Browsers Tutorials

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A brief introduction to web browsers
Web Browser Picture Tutorials
Where to download web browsers

Browsers

are the interface that most people use to access the internet. Internet Explorer, Mozilla or Firefox, Opera, Netscape, and Safari are the most recognized web browsers, though there are quite a large number of them out there. Every web browser is has different features, but most of them share some core abilities. While the language may differ a little or the features found in a different place, these browsers all share the following:

Drop Down Menus usually found at the top most portion of the browser have
File: which includes functions such as new, open, print and save.
Edit: which includes the functions for select, copy, paste, and delete.
View: has the functions for customizing which toolbars are visible, the size of the text, and window size.
Bookmarks/Favorites/Hotlist: allows users to save their favorite pages for quick access. Often the keyboard short cut to Save is [Ctl] + [D]. Some browsers use a drop down menu that give the options to Save/Add a book mark, Choose from saved bookmarks, or organize bookmarks. Some bowsers even allow the user to Import or Export their list of bookmarks to other browsers or for sharing with friends.
Tools: This is usually where internet options for the browser and security features can be set. Set the browser to not allow certain pages, or to trust the content from certain sites. Tell the browser what it can run- java, active X scripts. Some web pages use these types of scripts. If the browser is not set to allow these to run, the page may not be viewable, on the other hand, this can also keep a computer safe if the script running on the page is malicious. Tools is usually where pop-up blocker options, cookies settings, and how much space on the computer is allocated for the browser system can be set.
Help: is the general help menu.

Common buttons usually included are icon buttons that represent the Backward and Forward for navigation, the Refresh to request fresh data about the page from the internet, Stop to halt the current function, Home to take the user back to the page they have designated as the beginning page.

Address Bar allows the user to type in the internet address they wish to visit. The address bar can usually be found at the top of the page and is usually a blank white space where the user can type. Some browsers also have a search bar that can be confused with the address bar. If one types in the address of where they want to go and the browser pulls up a search engine with related links, you may be typing in the wrong section. Some browsers are set up to automatically redirect to a search engine if the address was mistyped or is not recognized or not found on the internet.
Examples of an address that might be typed in are: 64.233.187.99 (computers will recgonize an IP address), http://howtointernet.net, www.howtointernet.net, howtointernet.net.
Some websites must have a www. and on other sites, this is an optional addition.

Search Bar many browsers today also include a search bar, which skips the step of having to go to a search engine first. Just type in what one is searching for and the browser pulls up a search engine about the subject. Some browsers allow the user to set the search browser to use the search engine of their choice.

History keeps a record of all pages visited. Usually there are options that let users choose how long the history keeps track of.


Browsers do not all have the same ability when it comes to viewing pages on the internet either. Some browsers have problems viewing Frames or Java or Flash. Sometimes, this can be fixed by downloading a "plug-in" or an "add-on", these are extra features that can be installed for the browser. Font color and size may also differ by browser. UseYourBrain.co.uk provides a browser comparison list for what will/won't run on browsers.



Select the Web Browser you use for a brief tutorial:


Web Browsers to Download (Many are free)

(Sorted by OS support)

PC and Multiplatform Web Browsers

Opera
FireFox
Internet Explorer
Safari
Chrome
Flock
Avant
Amaya
DeepNet
Sleipnir
SeaMonkey
Maxthon
K-Meleon
Text based only
w3m
Lynx
eLinks

MAC Web Browsers

Shiira
OmniWeb
iCab
Camino

Linux/Unix/KDE/Gnome Web Browsers

NetSurf
Konqueror
Galeon
Epiphany
Ice Cat

Mobile Devices Web Browsers

Opera Mobile