How to get around the Internet fast

July 10, 2007 by Diane Vigil in

This is a quick tip about how to get around the Internet — something that is not taught when you get an Internet connection.

Browser address bar What is a browser? "Browser" is the generic term for the program that you use to surf the Internet. If you can visit websites with it, it's a browser.

Your browser has what is called an "address bar" — the elongated box that displays the web address of the page you're visiting. If you already know the web address of the page you want to visit, the quickest way to get there is to type it into the address bar, then click Go or hit your {Enter} key.

That's it. You don't have to find a link to click on to visit that website. And no having to go to a "start page" or visit a search engine to search for a link.

On off days, I sometimes suspect that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) don't explain this stuff because they want you to use their start page or their search engine. But there you have it — a little bit of knowlege and a little bit more freedom.

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