Browser basics


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For people that need help understanding the difference between their browser and the web sites they view, this gives basic information for better understanding.

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Browser basics

  1. 1. Web Browser Basics A basic explanation of what web browsers are and how they may affect web site viewing
  2. 2. What are browsers? <ul><li>Programs used to display websites and applications </li></ul><ul><li>Similar to a television displaying TV shows or movies. </li></ul><ul><li>Controls available for changing or allowing content </li></ul>
  3. 3. Are there different browsers available? <ul><li>Yes, just like brands of TVs. Browsers work in two of the common computer systems: Mac and PC. </li></ul><ul><li>Mac browsers </li></ul><ul><li>Safari </li></ul><ul><li>Mozilla Firefox (Firefox) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Chrome (Chrome) </li></ul><ul><li>PC browsers </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Explorer (IE) </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox </li></ul><ul><li>Chrome </li></ul>Mac PC
  4. 4. What part of the window is the browser/web site? <ul><li>The browser is the frame </li></ul><ul><li>The web site is the stuff inside the frame </li></ul><ul><li>Depending on the settings, the browser may display more/less information </li></ul>
  5. 5. What do I need to do with the browser? <ul><li>Possibly you won’t need to do anything other than go to another web site, but you may need to: </li></ul><ul><li>Allow for pop ups </li></ul><ul><li>Download an add-on </li></ul><ul><li>Change the font size </li></ul><ul><li>Make a site a trusted site </li></ul><ul><li>Add shortcuts to other web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Clear out your cache (what the site remembers showing the last time you visited) </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmark certain sites </li></ul>
  6. 6. How do I change the settings of my browser? <ul><li>Chrome </li></ul><ul><li>Change by clicking on the wrench </li></ul><ul><li>A drop-down menu displays changes you can make or links to follow for more choices </li></ul><ul><li>Chrome keeps their tool bar very clean so it doesn’t distract from the web site </li></ul>
  7. 7. How do I change the settings of my browser? <ul><li>Mozilla Firefox </li></ul><ul><li>Right click on the menu - a window will open with more toolbar options </li></ul><ul><li>To make changes in settings, you will most likely need the menu toolbar to dig in deeper to what is available </li></ul><ul><li>Notice the Help link if you are having trouble doing what you need to do </li></ul>
  8. 8. How do I change the settings of my browser? <ul><li>Internet Explorer </li></ul><ul><li>This browser often shows more toolbars and options available without you needing to add them </li></ul><ul><li>Under the Tools menu is where a lot of settings can be found </li></ul><ul><li>You can hide toolbars if you want more of the website displaying </li></ul>
  9. 9. Anything else I might want to be aware of? <ul><li>Some sites will ask if you want to download a toolbar – they have their own settings </li></ul><ul><li>If you get messages that say something isn’t working, read them and follow directions </li></ul><ul><li>Only download items from sites you trust </li></ul><ul><li>Check out the ‘Help’ section for the browser you using </li></ul><ul><li>If you have having problems with a web site, it could be a browser setting needs changed </li></ul>