By Randy D. Ralph, MLIS, Ph.D.
Last update September 11, 1996
The Netscape Browser
The Netscape browser is a Graphical User Interface (GUI - pronounced "gooey").
Basically it's just a "point and click" application, very easy to use. It presents WWW pages as hypertext documents. Hypertext documents can contain links to other hypertext documents or to locations within the current document. Hypertext documents can also contain graphics, sounds and even video clips. That's what makes the WWW so exciting and interesting.
You can always go to Netscape's Client Support Pages to get more information on Netscape versions 1.1 and 1.2, FAQs and detailed help.
The Netscape Top Banner
In the banner at the very top of the screen Netscape shows you the title of the WWW page you're currently viewing if the web author has assigned a title to his page. If Netscape finds no title for the document it displays the current URL (Uniform Resource Locator), as in the example below:
The Pull-Down Menus
In a line across the top of the screen just beneath the top banner you see a row of Pull-Down Menu Items.
Most of the important functions here are duplicated in the Toolbar.
To access Pull-Down Menu items click/hold and drag down. Release on the item of your choice. Click on one of the links above to view the pulldowns and learn about their functions
You can also view a separate tutorial on Netscape Bookmarks if you wish.
Just beneath the Pull-Down Menus at the top of the screen there are several large, raised buttons which contain icons. This is the Toolbar.
The Location Bar
Just beneath the Toolbar, the Location Bar shows the location of the current page in the form of its URL (Uniform Resource Locator).
You can go to any location you choose if you know its URL (Uniform Resource Locator).
Enter the URL of the site you want to visit in the location bar. When you move the mouse arrow into the Location Bar it becomes an I-beam . Click/hold and drag the I-beam tool to highlight the URL in the bar and just type over the highlighted text to replace it with the URL you want.
Try this one:
http://www. yahoo. com/
Location Bar History PullDown
At the right side of the screen and at the bottom there are two scroll bars.
You can use these scroll bars to move up and down and from side to side in the current page.
Using the tiny arrows at the top and bottom or left and right sides of the scroll bars you can move up and down or left and right a line at a time.
Use the left mouse to click, hold and drag on the small box in the scroll bar to move up and down or right and left smoothly and rapidly within the page.
You can also use the PgUp and PgDn keys to scroll up and down.
The Progress Bar presents information on what is happening during the loading of a document.
It shows the the names and locations of files being accessed. A thermometer-style progress tracker at the right shows you how far things have gone.
The Progress Bar also shows you the WWW address associated with a link.
Place the pointer arrow over this link and notice that the address associated with the link appears in the Progress Bar at the very bottom of the screen.
Also notice that the pointer arrow changes to a pointing hand .
Specially highlighted text which is generally blue or red and underlined.
A hypertext link takes you:
To a completely different site on the WWW.
Notice that when you place the mouse arrow over a link, it changes to a little pointing hand , and that the address (URL) associated with the link is displayed in the Progress Bar at the very bottom of the screen.
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When you see the hand appear you know you've selected a link. Additionally, the address associated with the link will appear in the Progress Bar at the very bottom of the screen.
If your browser is using the standard default colors a link is bright red if it's already been visited. It's bright blue if it hasn't been visited yet. Links are also generally underlined.
Essentially, all you need to do to "surf the Net" is to:
A collection of links people have liked enough to save for posterity in a bookmark file.
You can place a new Netscape "bookmark" to the WWW page you're currently viewing simply by holding down the "control" key and tapping the "A" key. Or, you can go to the Bookmarks Pull Down and click on Add Bookmark.
You can also view a complete tutorial on Netscape 1.2 Bookmarks if you wish.
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