Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Session 1
Trouble? Your computer might be configured to open to a different Web page or to no
page at all. Figure 4 shows the MSN home page, which is the home page that Internet
Explorer opens the first time it starts.
Trouble? If the Standard Buttons toolbar does not look like the one shown in Figure 4, you
need to change its appearance. Click View on the menu bar, point to Toolbars, and then
click Customize. In the Customize dialog box, click the Text options list arrow, and then click
Show text labels; click the Icon options list arrow, and then click Large icons. Click the Close
button. The Standard Buttons toolbar should now look like the one in the figure.
The design of Internet Explorer is similar to other Office 2003 programs. Most Windows
programs use a standard graphical user interface (GUI) design that includes a number of
common Windows components. These common elements include a title bar at the top of
the window, a scroll bar on the right side of the window, and a status bar at the bottom
of the window. Some of the other components in Internet Explorer, such as the Address
bar and Links bar, are program-specific. Figure 5 describes the elements of the Internet
Explorer window.
Figure 5
Elements of the Internet Explorer window
Title bar
Shows the name of the open Web page and includes the sizing buttons
Standard Buttons toolbar
Contains buttons you can click to perform commonly used tasks, such as
moving to the next or previous page and printing a Web page
Address bar
Shows the address of the current Web page or the address you have entered
for the Web page you want to go to
Web page area
Shows the contents of the current Web page
Status bar
Shows information about the browser’s actions, for example, indicates a page
is loading or is done loading
Scroll bars
Enable you to display the contents of a Web page that is wider or longer
than the browser window by scrolling up and down or left and right
Home button
Returns you to the Web page that you have set as the home or start page
Go button
Displays the Web page for the address you have entered in the Address bar
Links bar
Contains links to Web pages you visit often
Uniform Resource Locator, which is the address of the Web page you want
to visit
Uniform Resource Locators
When you use a Web browser to access a Web page stored on a Web server, the browser
software locates and retrieves the Web page content and downloads it to your computer.
For this to occur, you need to provide the browser with a Uniform Resource Locator
(URL) . A URL is a Web page’s address and identifies where the Web page is stored on the
Internet. The URL is a four-part addressing scheme that provides the Web browser the fol-
lowing information:
• Protocol to use when transporting the Web page
• Server address of the computer on which the Web page resides
• Pathname of the folder or directory on the computer on which the Web page resides
• Filename of the Web page
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