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Written by Bernie Vincent   
Wednesday, 26 July 2006
When "surfing" the World Wide Web you will almost certainly be using one of two Internet browsers: Microsoft’s Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. Both applications provide similar functions, but in slightly different ways.
 
Move your mouse pointer across your screen to locate the following options.
 
Forward/Back:
 
Each page you visit is stored temporarily in a directory within the Windows folder on your computer (some-times called a "cache"). You can return to the site recently visited without the need to download the page a second time from the remote Internet site.
 
Stop:
 
When you have entered a web page address in the URL (address) box and it fails to appear in a reasonable time, then this could be because the transfer of information has failed. This could also be due to congestion problems on the particular web site concerned or some other communication failure. Clicking on the STOP button cancels the request.
 
Refresh or Reload:
 
When requesting a web page, the browser will normally search the "cache" to see if it has been accessed before. If it is available locally, it will not be retrieved from the remote web site. The REFRESH or RELOAD button forces the browser to retrieve the current page from the web site. This is useful if you know that the information contained on the site is dynamic and may have changed since you last retrieved that page.
 
Home:
 
You can configure both Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator to retrieve a specific page from the Web each time you launch the browser. Typically, this would be your own home page, but it could equally be the page of the company with whom you undertake most business or a search engine, such as Yahoo!. In Internet Explorer, the settings are found under INTERNET OPTIONS and in Netscape Navigator under PREFERENCES.
 
Favourites or Bookmarks:
 
This facility allows you to "capture" the address of a particular web site so that you can visit it easily again without repeating the lengthy process of finding it! Both Explorer and Navigator have this facility and also provide an ability to organise your favourite site addresses within folders.
 
Browser History:
 
As well as remembering the last few addresses that you entered into the address field, your browser can remember the other sites that you, or other users of it, have been to. i.e. those that you arrived at via hyper links. The length of the history that the browser keeps depends on how the browser is configured, but typically it will remember four weeks back. So, if you can't remember the address of an interesting site that you visited:
 
Internet Explorer: in the History frame on the left side of the monitor, click on the appropriate timeframe (e.g. today, last week, 2 weeks ago) click on the desired web site and choose the appropriate web page. To close the History frame, click on the History icon again.
 
In Netscape, click on the Communicator menu, then select Tools and History. This produces a list of all sites visited during the period that you have specified in the Preferences (See Edit, Preferences, Navigator). Double click on the one that you want. This list can be sorted by any column and it is possible to search for particular sites.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 January 2007 )
 
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