Internet 101 – Chapter 2

Okay so you’ve all had a chance to practice clicking on links, have read a few blogs, and even Googled a bit, right? Keep practicing, it gets easier each time you do it.

I had a question from one of my readers about navigation. The problem was there was no “Home” button on the web page. So there was no obvious way to get back to the “Home” page of the site.

Here’s the problem – not all websites are created equal. Just like in life, there are many routes that can be taken to get “Home”. If no “Home” button exists, and you want to get back to the main page of the site, try clicking on the Logo or Title of the site, usually located on the top part of the page. This is usually set up to be a quick way to get back to the home page. Another option to try is to click the “Back” button in your browser…the left-pointing arrow on your Browser’s toolbar. However, this does not always work, depending on how the site is set up. As you get more used to navigating within web sites, you will find it easier, rest assured.

Now for today’s definition:

Bookmark: A bookmark is a useful feature of your web browser that allows you to save a link into a list for future reference. If you are using the Internet Explorer browser, a bookmark is also known as a “Favourite”. Let’s say that I am Googling away, looking for web sites about knitting. I click on a link for www.KnittingHelp.com, and realize this is the website I have been looking for. It has everything I would ever want about knitting, from lessons to patterns. I want to make sure that I can find this web site again, without having to Google it all over again, then try to remember the exact name of the site, etc. So I create a bookmark (or Favourite).

I’ve posted a short video here which may be helpful, but here are the step by step instructions below.

To create a bookmark (Favourite) using the Internet Explorer browser:

  1. Browse to the web site www.KnittingHelp.com.
  2. Select “Favourites” from the browser menu bar.
  3. Select “Add to Favourites”
  4. A small window will pop up, asking you to confirm that this is the bookmark you wish to create
  5. Click OK on the small window. Your bookmark will be created.
  6. Click on the Favourites menu again. You will see your newly created bookmark, and will be able to click that bookmark to visit that site any time.

To create a bookmark using the Firefox browser:

  1. Browse to the web site www.KnittingHelp.com.
  2. Select “Bookmarks” from the browser menu bar.
  3. Select “Bookmark this Page”
  4. A small window will pop up, asking you to confirm that this is the bookmark you wish to create.
  5. Click OK on the small window. Your bookmark will be created.
  6. Click on the Bookmarks menu again. You will see your newly created bookmark, and will be able to click that bookmark to visit that site any time.

Like anything new, practice makes perfect…so practice making a bunch of bookmarks till it becomes second nature. You’ll never lose track of your favourite web sites again!

Happy surfing…

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