Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Session 1
As stated earlier, you need to know a Web page’s URL in order to open it in Internet
Explorer. You can find URLs in many places; for example, newspapers and magazines
often publish URLs of Web sites that might interest their readers. Friends who know about
the subject area in which you are interested are also good sources. Once you have the
URL of the Web page you want to view, you can enter it in the Address bar.
Entering a URL in the Address Bar
As discussed, you navigate from one Web page to another by clicking hyperlinks. Another
way to display a specific Web page in Internet Explorer is to enter its URL in the Address
bar. In most cases, URLs are not case-sensitive; however, in situations where the computer
storing the Web page uses the UNIX operating system, URLs are case-sensitive. Therefore,
if you are entering a URL that includes mixed cases and you do not know the type of
computer on which the file resides, it is safer to retain the mixed-case format of the URL.
Reference Window
Entering a URL in the Address Bar
Select the current URL in the Address bar.
Type the URL of the Web page you want to retrieve.
Press the Enter key to display the Web page in the browser window.
For this exercise, you will enter the URL for the New Perspectives Student Union Web
page. In this tutorial, you will go to this Course Technology page and then click hyperlinks
to go to other Web pages.
To enter the URL for the New Perspectives Student Union Web page:
1. Click the Address bar to select the current URL.
Trouble? If you double-click in the Address bar, you switch to edit mode. If this occurs,
click a blank space in the browser window to deactivate edit mode, and then repeat Step 1.
2. Type www.course.com/NewPerspectives/studentunion / in the Address bar. This is
the URL for the New Perspectives Student Union Web page on the Course Technology
Web site.
Trouble? If a list box appears on the Address bar while you are typing the URL, just finish
typing the URL. When the AutoComplete feature is enabled on your computer, Internet
Explorer opens the Address bar list box as you begin typing a URL so that if you have gone
to this location previously you can select the URL from a list, instead of typing it again.
3. Press the Enter key. As soon as you press the Enter key, Internet Explorer adds the http://
protocol to the URL for you, and then it transfers and displays the New Perspectives
Student Union Web page in the browser window. Sometimes when a Web page contains a
large amount of text and graphics, it takes a short amount of time to transfer to your com-
puter and display fully in the browser window. The transfer time depends on the speed of
your Internet connection, the amount of traffic on the Internet, and the complexity of the
Web page being transferred. When the entire page has been transferred, the graphical
transfer progress indicator in the status bar will stop moving, and the transfer progress
report panel will display the text “Done.”
Trouble? If a Dial-up Connection dialog box opens after you press the Enter key, click the
Connect button. You must have an Internet connection to complete the steps in this tutorial.
 
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