Learn the basics to using Internet Explorer 7 (IE7).
Internet Explorer is by far the most popular Internet browser available today. Most people only know about a few of the many features of Internet Explorer. This and many of my other guides will show you just about everything there is to know about Internet Explorer 7 so you can get the most out of it.
This guide will concentrate on the basics of Internet Explorer 7. If you don’t have Internet Explorer 7 you can download it here.
What Is Internet Explorer?
Internet Explorer (shown above) is a web browser. A web browser is software used to surf the Internet.
Why Use Internet Explorer?
Since Internet Explorer is created by Microsoft it’s closely integrated with the Windows operating system. This gives Internet Explorer the edge over all the other web browsers.
Is It Safe?
As of Internet Explorer 6 with service pack 2 on Windows XP, Internet Explorer is about as safe as they get. Internet Explorer 7 is the safest browser yet.
Remember that no browser is perfect. Your chances of something bad happening to your computer go up when you visit sites that are not safe to begin with such as porn or other places you don’t need to be.
The Address Bar
The address bar (highlighted below) is where you type the address of the website you want to view. A website address looks something like (http://www.maximumpcguides.com/). The screen shot below shows an example of a website in the address bar.
When you want to visit a website all you have to type in the address bar is (http://www.thewebsite.com/). The browser will add the rest for you automatically.
The Search Box
If you don’t know the exact address of a website you can use the search box in the top right of Internet Explorer (shown below) to search for the website.
Type what you’re looking for in the search box and press enter on your keyboard or click the blue magnifying glass to the right of the search box.
Click here for a detailed guide on the search box.
The Refresh and Stop Buttons
To the right of the address bar is the refresh and stop buttons (shown below).
The refresh (green) button reloads the webpage. The stop button (red x) stops a page from loading.
The Back and Forward Buttons
If you want to go to the previous page you were just on click the back button (shown below).
The back button is the blue button (shown above) on the left. If you clicked the back button and you want to move forward to the page you were just on before you clicked the back button click the forward button (the right blue button shown above).
If you want to quickly go back to a website you visited earlier click the down arrow just to the right of the forward button and select the webpage from the dropdown list.
You can keep a list of all of your favorite websites by clicking the + sign in the favorites section (shown below).
If you want to visit a site in your favorites click the star in the favorites section and select the site you want to visit from the list.
Home, Feeds, Printing, and Options
This section of buttons (shown below) is where you go to your home page, view feeds, print pages, and change settings.
Home Page: Click the home page button (the little house) to visit your home page.
View Feed: Click the feed button (orange) to view any feed(s) that site may have. If the feed button is grayed out that means that site doesn’t have any feeds for you to view.
Print: Click the printer to print the current page.
Page and Settings: The page and settings buttons are where you can change lots of Internet Explorer settings.
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