Every website on the internet is reached with the help of a web browser. But first, to access the web browser, you need to have a working internet connection. If you are looking for an internet connection, you must consider Comcast’s Xfinity. Their Xfinity internet deals include an internet connection with different speeds at a different rate, each promising higher speeds, and reliability as the rate increases.
After having internet access, the next step is to enter websites and explore. But first, you need to know the basics of a web browser which will be covered in this guide. As mentioned earlier, a web browser is a tool you use to explore websites on the internet. Of course, the internet is bigger than the web browser and you can use other tools to make use of the internet services, for instance, an email messaging application can help to send and receive an email.
There are many different kinds of web browsers, each having different features for browsing the internet. Some of them come pre-installed into your computer or laptop devices, like Safari on Mac and Internet Explorer in Windows. But you can have other web browsers installed into your system as well, like the most popular ones such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Each of these browsers has different methods of doing things and their various features are designed to engage users towards a good web browsing experience. But all of these web browsers have one main function; to allow the users to access websites. Their most common features will be explored.
Browser’s navigation bar
On a web browser, you will find a navigation bar that contains quick navigation shortcuts to maneuver through websites.
- The address bar is a long and white box where you can type the address of the website that you want to visit.
- You will find the ‘forward’ and ‘back’ buttons below the menu on the web browser. The ‘back’ button takes you back to the previous webpage you viewed and ‘forward’ takes you to the webpage that you were viewing before clicking on the ‘back’ button.
- The ‘refresh’ button refreshes the web page that is currently being viewed. The content on the web pages keeps changing throughout the day, so the ‘refresh’ button keeps your current page updated. Or when you experience a minor disruption in your internet connection and the webpage does not load, you can try refreshing again to reload the same page, when your internet connection is working again.
- The ‘stop’ button will stop the webpage from being loaded. When a webpage is taking too long to load, you can click on the ‘stop’ button and then ‘refresh’. The ‘stop’ button is only activated (on the same box as the ‘refresh’ button) when the webpage is being loaded.
- In a single web browser, you can open multiple websites at a time and maneuver through them. Multiple websites opened up in a single browser are called Tabs. Tabs allow you to organize different websites at a time and be able to access them as well.
Above are the most common tools that you will find in all the web browsers.
Website addresses are everywhere. Every business and organization has it. Even an individual can also have his own website. Website addresses are called URLs or Uniform Resource Locator. You can recognize a website when it starts with ‘www’ or ‘http’ and ends with ‘.com’, ‘.edu’, or ‘.gov’. For instance, www.google.com, if you type this website on the address bar of the web browser, you will be taken to the Google homepage. You can press ‘Delete’ or ‘Backspace’ to remove the web address and enter a new one.
A link or a hyperlink is underlined word or an image on a webpage that will take you to another webpage when you click on it. That new webpage will either replace the current webpage or open a new tab for the new webpage. Another way to know if a word or image will lead to a new webpage is by putting on the cursor on it. If the cursor changes shape to a hand, that means that the word or image will lead to a new webpage. That is how you go from one website to another; clicking on one hyperlinked text or image leads you to a new webpage, full of new information and more hyperlink texts and images. You can click on the ‘back’ and ‘forward’ buttons on the navigation bar to maneuver through them. For instance, you can click on this link: https://www.localcabledeals.com/ and it will lead you to the homepage of LocalCableDeals, and any place where the cursor changes to the hand-like shape, or you can see underlined or highlighted text, if you click on it, it will lead you to a new webpage.
These features are also common on a web browser but they are allocated in their own specific places.
- There is a ‘history’ option on the web browser to go through a list of websites that you have opened previously. The page you are currently going through will also be saved in the history when you close it.
- You can adjust the text size of the webpage to your liking by clicking on ‘Zoom in’ (+) or ‘Zoom out’ (-).
- Next to the address bar, you will find an icon for ‘bookmark’. The ‘bookmark’ bar allows you to save the webpage without having to type it in the future. You will find the webpage saved in the bookmark option or saved under ‘Favorites’ in some web browsers.
As you can see, web browsers have many features that can allow you to explore the internet in its own way. You have many options to navigate through them, and if you dig deeper, you can also find the option to download files, upload files, post feedback or comments, and a lot more.