What is a web browser?

A web browser is a program used to browse the web.

For instance, the program you are using right now to view this webpage is a web browser.

These programs allow for the internet to become a visual and interactive experience.

Some web browsers include:

Screen Shot 2013-01-23 at 2.45.07 PM     Internet Explorer – created by Microsoft

Screen Shot 2013-01-23 at 2.45.22 PM      Firefox – created by Mozilla

Screen Shot 2013-01-23 at 2.44.52 PM     Chrome – created by Google

 

To download any one of these web browsers, please click on the links below.

Click here for Internet Explorer

Click here for Firefox

Click here for Chrome

Some standard elements of a web browser which you should familiarize yourself with are the task bar, the bookmark bar, and the tabs bar.

The task bar is the long white horizontal bar that runs across the top of the web browser. This is where you type in the web address you wish to go to, as shown in the moving example image below.

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The bookmark bar bar is a great tool for ‘bookmarking’ your favourite websites or places on the web. This could include a crossword website or your bank’s website for when you do your online banking.

This bookmark bar can typically be found at the top of your web browser as seen below.

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Simply click on “Bookmarks” and select “Bookmark This Page” to save the website to your Bookmarks.

Did you know? Bookmarks are used as short-cuts to visit your favourite websites.

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To go to a website you previously bookmarked, simply return to “Bookmarks” and click on the website you wish to visit. *These sites which you previously  Bookmarked will appear here.

The tabs bar is a handy tool when you want to have multiple ‘tabs’ or websites open at one time inside your web browser.

Think of it like a photo album. Instead of giving every photo an an individual book or frame of it’s own (which would cause a lot of clutter), you place all your photos in one photo album for easy access.

We can then apply the photo album concept to the web browser.

Let’s say you want to listen to you favourite radio station online while checking your emails. Instead of having two separate web browsers open – one for each, you can simply have one web browser open with with both tasks running inside of it.

Here’s how to use tabs.

1) Type in the first website you would like to visit and hit ‘enter’ on your keyboard

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2) Click on the ‘new page’ tab. This will typically have a ‘+’ sign, or say ‘new page’.

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3) A second ‘tab’ with pop up. Simply insert the web address of the second site you wish to visit and press ‘enter’.

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Now you have two web pages open within one web browser. You can listen to your music while doing a second task – in this case, visiting www.geekygrandma.com for all the latest updates you need as a senior citizen in world of technology.

To go back to the first site you were browsing, simply click on the ‘tab’ which it appears.

You can have multiple tabs open within a web browser at one given time. This example only used two websites but you can use many more.

Reasons for using tabs include:

  • De-cluttering your computer screen space – by condensing your internet activities into one organized place
  • To learn to multi-task efficiently with your web browser
  • To simplify your online experience by having all activities simple to transition back and forth to

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