Getting around online

 

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Getting around online

Multiple internet browser windows are open showing various search engines and websites

What's coming up

Knowing that you want to use the internet is great, but you might need a little help accessing it and finding your way around.

In this activity, you will find out about how to access the internet through a browser, find the website you are looking for and how to move around a website using links.

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A computer screen shows the brand icons of common web browsers

Getting started

There are different ways to open a web browser depending on what device you are using, but they're all basically the same.

Find the icon (small picture) for the browser and select it. The browser will open and display a 'home page' from where you can access the internet.

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eSafety Tip

Be sure to install updates to your web browser regularly. Some of them do this automatically. If you're not sure how to do this, ask a relative or friend to help you.

Finding websites

There are a few different ways to find a website.

If you know the website you're looking for and the web address, you can just enter this into the address bar of your browser.

A computer shows the ABC news website and shows a zoomed in section, highlighting the address bar
A computer shows the Google website and shows a zoomed in section, highlighting the search field

If you don't know the address of the website you're looking for, or if you just want to look for websites about a specific topic, you can find them using a search engine like Google or Bing.

Once you've found the website you're looking for, you can get back to it quickly by using a bookmark (also called a 'favourite').

We will look at bookmarks more in depth later on.

A window showing the options of naming and saving certain websites in your favourites menu on your browser
A Google search has loaded some results and shows a zoomed in section, highlighting the first search result as the ABC News Sport website. The blue text that is displayed are indicating a clickable link

Moving around

The most common way of moving around a website on the internet is to use links. These are basically pieces of text or buttons that you select to take you to another web page, download files or send an email.

Links are often just underlined pieces of text, sometimes in a different colour.

Sometimes they are buttons or images that you can select.

A website shows some images with a cursor hovering over the top. The curser has changed from an arrow to a hand to indicate that this image is actually a link.
The screen shows that a menu has been selected on a wbsite that has provided a list of options to click on. The item that the cursor is hovering over has changed text colour from white to blue and the cursor has changed to a hand to indicate that it is a link.

If you're using a mouse, links sometimes change colour or appearance when you roll the cursor over them. The cursor sometimes changes to look like a hand.

Bookmarks

Entering a website address is quicker than searching for a website but opening a website would be even quicker if we didn't have to type the address every time. That's where bookmarks can help.

Bookmarking a website is like bookmarking a page in a book - it helps you find the page you want quickly in future.

Different browsers have different names for bookmarks. For example, Chrome and Firefox call them Bookmarks but Internet Explorer calls them Favourites. They all mean the same thing and work the same way.

A bookmark or favourites icon
A computer shows the ABC news website and shows a zoomed in section, highlighting the bookmark symbol of a star in the top right corner of the browser window

Adding a bookmark

Let's walk through the steps for adding a bookmark for the ABC News website so that you could find it quickly in future.

Select the Bookmark symbol

First, we'd select the Bookmark symbol, a star, in the top right corner of the menu bar.

Confirming the name

By default, bookmarks are saved to the Bookmarks Bar so that they can be found quickly later.

We could enter a name for the bookmark or keep the suggested one. In this case let's keep Sport - ABC News.

We'd select Done or Add to save the bookmark.

Shows a zoomed in section, highlighting the bookmark window where you can name and save websites
A zoomed in section of a web page, highlighting the bookmark bar that shows the links of the previously saved websites

The saved bookmark

After we have saved the bookmark, we can see a link for the website in the Bookmark Bar.

The next time we want to open the ABC News website, we can select this link to go straight to there without needing to enter the address.

The benefits of bookmarking

What are the benefits of adding a website to your bookmarks or favourites list?

You don't have to remember every website address

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The bookmarked website will open automatically when you open the web browser.

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However the bookmark could be only one click away.

You can get to your favourite sites more quickly

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Printing

Sometimes you might need to print a web page, for example as proof of payment for something you've bought or sold online.

Some browsers have a Print button that you can select to print the web page you are on.

A printer icon
The screen shows where the print button is in the file menu that has been selected from the main browser menu.

You can also print by selecting the Print option from the File menu in your browser.

Some websites have a Print button on the web page too.

Shows an example of a window that already has a print button on it, so you don't have to go through browser menus
Google's homepage with a search term being typed in

Congratulations!

Well done, you've come to the end of the Getting around online activity.

You've learnt how to launch a web browser and how to find and save a website. You've also learnt how to use link and print a web page.

In the next activity, Playing by the rules, we'll take a look at internet copyright, as well as website terms and conditions.