Stop, Browser time – Part 1: Browser Basics

Sorry about the M.C. Hammer reference – it was too hard to resist.

Sure, we use browsers like Internet Explorer or Firefox all the time at work, to look at the Intranet, search the databases, or glance at the headlines on the Tennessean website. But do you know what to do when you can’t see all of a webpage? Do you know how to make a screen shot? Do you know how to verify if a website is secure?

This lesson, we’ll go over this and more – it’s browser time. Do, do, do, do, do-do, do-do. Do, do, do, do, do-do, do-do.

What is a browser?

A web browser is software that allows you to locate and display web pages. Web pages are written in a special computer language called HTML code. A web browser translates HTML code into the the text and pictures we’re familiar with.

source.jpgThe image at left is what the library website looks like without a browser – thank goodness we have browsers to translate the code into something that makes sense!

Each browser has its own special features, but the main elements are the same. So, if you are familiar with using one browser, then you should be able to easily navigate another.

What are the parts of the browser?

Take a tour of the Title bar, Menu bar, Address bar, Content Area, Search Box & Scrollbar.

What browser version am I using?
The name of the browser you are using appears in the title bar, right after the web page title. To see which version of the browser you are running, go under Help. The last menu option should be About. Specifics about the version should be listed here.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:  

1. Take the browser tour. (Be sure you are using Firefox or Internet Explorer or the link will not work.)

2. Use the menu bar to find your browser version.

3. You’re not finished yet! This is a four-part training. You must complete all four parts.

Go to Browser Time Part 2

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