Many people use “Internet” and “World Wide Web” interchangeably. There’s
a difference between these two terms. The Internet is the maze of phone
cable lines, satellites, and network cables that interconnect computers
around the world. The Web, on the other hand, is the name given to anything
on the Internet that can be accessed using a Uniform Resource Locator (URL).
Back and Forward Buttons
To see more of the Web and less of Internet Explorer (IE), you can
get rid of the Standard Buttons toolbar. Right click at the top of IE.
Clear the checkmark from Standard Buttons. Without the back and forward
buttons, you'll need a different way to navigate using the mouse or the
keyboard. On the keyboard, press Alt and use the left and right arrow keys.
To use the mouse, you'll need one with a wheel. Press Shift and turn the
For an alternative to IE, there are three new browsers one of which
may be of interest to you. One is Mozilla 1. This browser is an Internet
suite that includes browser, e-mail, and chat. It takes little room, loads
pages fast, supports Internet standards, protects privacy, and doesn’t
clutter your system with unwanted add-ons or come-ons. It’s also
free at PCworld. A second
browser is Netscape
7. It is Mozilla 1 plus more frills. Version 7 incorporates various
small improvements with an Opera-style tabbed browser interface, new search
options, and an Internet radio player with a cleaner interface. It, too,
is free and sports an AOL Internet Messenger. The third browser is RapidBrowser
XP that builds on IE transforming it into a multimedia portal geared
to broadband users. It, however, costs $30.
You'll find a calculator for every purpose at Calculators
Online where there are 15,720 created by 2,855 individuals, business,
and tax-supported entities worldwide. This site has machines with
more potential than the Windows built-in calculator.
Here are some ideas for locating region-specific online information
about any city:
- Go to online directories like Yahoo! < http://www.yahoo.com> that have sections devoted to local information.
- Many newspapers have their own Web sites with information about their service areas.;
- Most states and many cities in the U.S. have extensive Web sites. You can guess the URL for almost any city or state
by using a template. The XX in the following URLs is where you need to supply the appropriate two-letter postal code:
- For large US cities: <www.ci.cityname.XX>.
- For states: <www.statename.XX.us>.
Internet Explorer likes to create secret cookies which are files on
your hard drive that contain information about Web sites you've recently
visited while online. Although IE lets any site create a cookie, you may
turn it off by clicking on Internet Options from IE’s Tools menu and click
on the Security Tab. Click first on the Globe icon and then on the Custom
Level button. From there, you can Disable cookies, Enable them, or make
a site ask you for permission before creating a cookie.
To copy text from IE into a word processor, you simply select the text
and press Ctrl + C. Next, you move to the word processor and press Ctrl
+ V to paste the text. If your word processor recognizes all of the Web
formatting, as MS Word does, you can paste it with the formatting intact.
To lose the formatting, you paste first into Notepad, copy the Notepad
contents, and paste that information into the word processor. You can save
ink and choose to print the simple information rather than all the fancy
material featured on many Web sites. If you use IE as your browser,
select Internet Options from the Tools menu and go to the Advanced tab.
Scroll down to Printing and uncheck ”Print background colors and images”
and press Apply and OK. With Netscape, select Page Setup in the File
menu, uncheck “Print Background,” and press OK. An even quicker approach
is to highlight the desired text to be printed, click on File, Print, and
select and click on Selection and OK to print the desired portion of the
To create a link to a Web address in Microsoft IE, you choose File,
Send, Shortcut to Desktop. You can also create a shortcut directly on the
desktop without even running Microsoft IE. To create a Web page URL shortcut,
right-click a blank spot on your desktop and choose New, Shortcut. When
the “Create Shortcut” wizard opens, you type in the URL in the form <http://www.whatever.xxx>
and click Next. Type in a name for your new shortcut and click Finish.
Assuming that Microsoft IE is your default browser, you can now double-click
your new shortcut to open IE and navigate to the selected page.
To speed up your dial-up connection in WinXP, click Start and Control
Panel. In the Control Panel, double-click the System icon. In System Properties,
click the Hardware tab and then the Device Manager button in the Device
Manager section. In the Device Manager window, you will see a tree with
all of your system’s hardware. Now locate Modems on that tree and click
the plus sign (+). Right-click your Modem and select Properties to display
the properties for your Modem. On the Modem tab, set the Maximum Port Speed
to the highest available value and then click OK twice. You can reduce
interference and increase dial-up connection by disconnecting other phones,
faxes, cordless phones, and answering machines.
Finding Web Sites
To find a specific Web site, in an IE window, click in the Address
bar, type go, find, search, or ?, type a space, and then the name of the
company or organization of the wanted site. If the name has a space in
it, do not type the go, find, search, or ?, and just put double quotation
marks around the name. On Yahoo!, typing this information in the Address
bar will automatically start a search for the company or organization.
You can set which search site is accessed by using TweakUI. You'll find
this option in the General tab. What IE won't do is go to a Web site when
you just type its name without the www and the .com, unless you press Ctrl+Enter
after you enter the name.
Free Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
Free Internet service has its disadvantages as well as advantages.
ISP providers want to gather information about you and use that information
to sell merchandise. Getting a free Internet account is a lot like getting
a fee based but cheaper Internet account. You find out what's available,
pick one or more free ISPs that look promising, get those ISPs' set-up
software, and then run it/them on your computer. The set-up software guides
you through the process of creating your account. After the account is
created, you have the ISP's icon on your desktop. Opening the icon connects
you to the Internet via that ISP. While connected, you see ads on the screen,
usually in little browser windows that can’t be closed. The hardware requirements
of free ISPs are the same as any other dial-up service. At the moment,
the free ISP market is in flux. Not a week goes by without some free ISP
announcing major changes to its operations. Many have gone out of business
or merged, and most of the survivors have cut down on the quantity of free
service they offer users. Every time a service closes or chases away some
of its customers by imposing more restrictive rules, users shift to other
free ISPs which may not be equipped to handle all the new traffic. You
can stay on top of this evolving situation by visiting FreedomList.
FreedomList lets you search for free ISPs in any country, rate or review
your free ISP, see the average ratings other FreedomList users have given
their free ISPs, and read those users' reviews. The site also collects
news stories concerning free ISPs.
Do you use the Go button that sits to the right of the Microsoft IE
6 address bar? Most of us just type in an address and then press
Enter. If you'd like to just eliminate the Go button, choose Tools, Internet
Options. When the Internet Options dialog box opens, click the Advanced
tab and scroll down through the list and deselect "Show Go button in Address
bar". Next click OK to close the dialog box.
Government Complaint Site
A good place to find a list of companies and organizations with direct
links to official sites is governmentguide.com.
Federal agencies overseeing major industries such as airlines, automobiles,
etc., use your feedback to prompt product recalls, investigations, and
new regulations. For example, if airline overbooking causes a problem,
you can use the aforementioned Web site to click to the US Department of
Transportation site. It has a form posted there for reporting incidents
related to airline overbooking. Fill out this form and submit it.
The next time you remember someone's birthday at the last moment send
an online greeting card. Most online cards are free and sometimes arrive
within minutes. The cards are just e-mail messages that include cute graphics
or animation and a silly tune. Card variations are available for all occasions.
You can even add your own personal greeting. You might want to check out
these sites. Blue Mountain
has a large selection of online greeting cards. Apple's iCards offer somewhat
classier photo cards at Apple.com.
Click the iCards tab at this site. Shockwave
has elaborate animations. However, your recipients might have to download
the Shockwave plug-in if it's not already on their computers. Hallmark
Cards and American
Greetings have gotten in on the act, too. For something a little different,
try Beat Greets featuring
snippets of music from popular artists. Online cards are useful for those
who can’t get to the store.
Home Page for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
Instead of going through all the steps to open Internet Options from
the menu to change your home page, just navigate to the desired page. Now,
grab the icon in the Address Bar, at the left side of the URL, and drag
it to Home button. After releasing the mouse button, you'll be asked to
set your home page to this URL. Just click Yes and you now have a new home
Microsoft Word assumes that you want to create a hyperlink when typing
a Web address. The address is in blue and underlined. However, not everyone
wants to create hyperlinks. There are two places where you need to remove
a checkmark. First, from Word's menu, go to Tools, AutoCorrect Options,
and then, AutoFormat As You Type. Uncheck the option "Internet and network
paths with hyperlinks." Then, click on the AutoFormat tab. Uncheck the
box next to "Internet and network paths with hyperlinks." These changes
must be done in both locations. They will not unlink Web addresses and
e-mail addresses that are already in a document. It only affects new documents.
Finally, if you are new to the Internet, the University of South Carolina
Beaufort Library has a site at that is called Bare
Bones 101. It will help novice computer users learn how to use the