- Important Notes
- Opening Internet Explorer
- Quitting Internet Explorer
- The Help Menu
- Using the Scrollbar
- Connecting to a Specific Site
- Going to a Recently Visited Page
- The Status Bar
- Back, Forward, and Home Buttons
- Creating Bookmarks
- Finding Words in a Document
- The Refresh Button
- Viewing the Source Code
- Other Buttons
- Using FTP with Netscape
- Improving Performance
of the form "ALT+X" means that you should press the ALT key
and the letter "X" key at the same time
select something, simply point to it with the mouse, and click
the mouse button
there will be too much information to fit entirely in the
window. In these cases, a scrollbar will appear along the
right side of the window (and sometimes along the bottom as
well). Please see the section on "Using the Scrollbar" in
order to learn how to use the scrollbar.
select a command from the menus; for example, the "Exit" command
from the "File" menu, point to the menu you want and select
it, and a scroll-down menu will appear. From this menu, select
the command you wish to execute (in this case, "Exit").
To open Internet Explorer, double-click on the "The Internet"
icon on your desktop. After you have opened Internet Explorer,
the MAGMA home page will load.
To quit Internet Explorer, go to the "File" menu (at the top left
of the Internet Explorer window) and select "Close".
If you are having problems or have questions, sometimes the "Help"
menu (at the top right of the Internet Explorer window) may have
the information you need. Try looking in it to see what types
of information are available.
To move up/down one line at a time, click on the small up/down
arrows at either end of the scrollbar. To move up/down one screen
at a time, click in the dark gray area of the scrollbar. To move
up/down more than one screen at a time, click and hold the mouse
button on the scrollbar while dragging it up or down releasing
the mouse button when you are done.
Links are one of the most important features of the World Wide
Web. In Internet Explorer, links are represented by text (or pictures)
which are underlined (or outlined) in blue - as long as you are
using a colour monitor. By pointing at a link (the pointer will
change to hand) and clicking, you will connect to another web
page or another location within the same page. Anything underlined
in a dark purple represents a link you have already visited.
to a Specific Site:
If you know the exact address of a site you wish to connect to
(example, http://www.enicola.com), you can connect to it
in a number of different ways.
the "File" menu, click on "Open...". In the text box that
pops up, type in the location and click on "Open", OR
ALT+L and type in the location, OR
the "Location:" bar at the top of the window, type in the
to a Recently Visited Page:
To connect to a page you have been to recently, in the "Go" menu
you can see a list of the last five pages you have visited most
recently. Simply select the one you want to revisit. If the page
you wanted to visit is not listed, try clicking on "Open History
Folder" in the "Go" menu. This will list not only the most recent
pages you've connected to, but all the pages you've connected
to during your current session with Internet Explorer.
At the bottom left of the Internet Explorer window, there is a
status bar. This shows you how much of the page you have attempted
to connect to has been loaded.
To print the page you are currently connected to, either choose
"Print..." from the "File" menu, click on the "Print..." button,
or type ALT+P. The print options window will appear, at which
point you can choose the appropriate options, and when you are
ready to print, click on "Print".
Forward, and Home Buttons:
These three buttons at the top left of the Internet Explorer window
are very useful for navigating back and forth through the web
pages. By clicking on the "Back" button, you will be connected
directly to the page you last visited.
button is the opposite of the back button. Try it out!
the "Home" button will bring you directly to the MAGMA home
page. You can also choose "Back", "Forward", and "Start Page"
from the "Go" menu if you prefer.
If you visit a particular page often, you may want to create a
bookmark for it. Similar to placing a bookmark in a book for easy
reference, an Internet Explorer bookmark will mark the current
page so you can refer to it easily in the future. To do this,
go to the "Favorites" menu and select "Add To Favourites...".
back to this page in the future, go to the "Favorites" menu
and you will see your bookmark listed at the bottom. Simply
click on the name of the page you want to go to.
Words in a Document:
To find particular word on the current page type ALT+F, or go
to the "Edit" menu and select "Find(on this page)...". Enter the
word you want to find in the text box. Select "Match Case" if
you wish. When you are ready, click on "Find Next". Internet Explorer
will then find the next occurance of the word that was entered.
If a page does not load (i.e., only half of an image is loaded),
try clicking on the "Refresh" button and Internet Explorer will
attempt to load the page again.
the Source Code:
If you are interested in looking at the html code used to generate
a page (this may be good if you are thinking of creating your
own web pages and you want to see some examples), go to the "View"
menu and select "Source". This will open a Notepad window containing
the source code of the current page. Select the "File" menu of
the Notepad window and then click on "Exit" when you are finished.
At the top of the Internet Explorer window you can also see a
number of other buttons, labeled "Search", "Favourites", "Print",
"Font", and "Mail".
- will take to you a Microsoft Search page, so you can look
up anything on the web. Click on Search and try it out.
- lists all your bookmarks.
- will increase or decrease the size of the font on the page
you are currently viewing.
- will drop down a menu that will allow you to chose to read
your email, news or compose a new email message. Just select
FTP with Internet Explorer:
To FTP with Internet Explorer, you first need to connect to the
proper FTP site. Go to the location (see "Connecting to a Specific
Site" section) of the form "ftp://.../". This will automatically
log you in as an anonymous user, and you can now retrieve files
a file, simply click on the name of the file you wish to transfer.
You will then either be asked if you want to save the file to
disk (at which point you choose "Save to Disk" and then choose
where you want to save it and what file name you want to give
it), OR you will connect directly to the file (at which point
you choose "Save As..." from the "File" menu, choose where you
want to save it, and give the file a name).
To improve the performance of Internet Explorer you may want to
try increasing the disk cache in the "View/Options" menu, then
click on the Advanced tab. On that window there is a section called
"Internet Temporary Files", click the "Settings..." button. Then
increase the disc space allowed for that folder. You should only
do this if you have a lot of free drive space and if you visit
the same web pages often.