ICT100 – Introduction to Computer Applications Module 10 - IE Web Browsing & searching v1.1
April 2007, Kefa Rabah, Global Open Versity, Vancouver Canada
www.globalopenversity.orgGlobal Open Versity, Course: ICT100 – Introduction to Computer Applications
Module 10Web Browsing & Searching
This course module covers web browsing and searching using IE7 and greater. Microsoft InternetExplorer (IE) has become the overwhelming standard for browsing web pages online with 55%usage. All Windows-based computers come pre-installed with Internet Explorer, and versionsappear on other platforms. This prevalence (along with speed, stability, and ease of use) is whathas led to IE being the preferred web browser for both creators and users of the World Wide Web(WWW). However, there are other good alternative browsers out there too that you can equallyuse to surf the web, e.g., Apple’s Safari (~7%), Mozilla Firefox (~23%), Opera (~3%), GoogleChrome (~1%) and many more.
before you fire that browser, do ensure that you a good antivirus and firewall solutions onyour computer to protect yourself from viruses. Also be warned that the web is like aWild West – the bad guys (hackers & cyber-criminals) lie in waiting like a lethal venomous green snake inthe grass – and can hit any time while you’re out & about there!
These are some terms commonly used to reference objects on the internet or within InternetExplorer.
- Stands for Uniform Resource Locator. It is the address to a particular webpage.For example, the URL to Google search:
- The homepage is the very first page that is displayed when InternetExplorer launches.
Address Bar: -
The field that displays the URL of the current page. A user can type in adesired URL to display a specific page.
A shortcut is a quick way to access a file or webpage. Usually a shortcut willappear as an icon on the desktop or in a menu.
- The clipboard is a temporary storage place for content. A user can copy tothe clipboard within one program and paste from the clipboard in another program.
Cookies are bits of information a website may store on a user's computer.Typical information that is stored include, items in a shopping cart, what links a user hasfollowed, and other information the website may need in order to customize their site to aparticular user.