To move from one web page to another, use Internet Explorer 10 from the Windows 8 Start screen or desktop — or even a competing web browser such as Firefox or Chrome. Web pages come with specific addresses, just as houses do. Any web browser lets you move among those addresses.

No matter which browser you use, they all let you move from one page to another in any of three different ways:

  • By pointing and clicking a button or link that automatically whisks you away to another page

  • By typing a complicated string of code words (the web address) into the Address Bar of the web browser and pressing Enter

  • By clicking the navigation buttons on the browser's toolbar, which is usually at the top of the screen

How to click links in Internet Explorer

The first way is by far the easiest. Look for links — highlighted words or pictures on a page — and click them.

For example, see how the mouse pointer turned into a hand as it pointed at the word Books in the figure? Click that word to see a web page with more information about that subject. The mouse pointer morphs into a hand whenever it's over a link. Click any linked word to see pages dealing with that link's particular subject.

How to type web addresses in the IE Address Bar

The second method is more difficult. If a friend gives you a napkin with a cool web page's address written on it, you need to type the website's address into your browser's Address Bar — the text-filled bar across the top. You'll do fine, as long as you don't misspell anything.

See the address for my website along the top of the figure? Type into the Address Bar. When you press Enter, Internet Explorer scoots you to this web page. (You don't need to type the http:// part, thank goodness.)

How to use Internet Explorer's toolbar

Finally, you can maneuver through the Internet by clicking various buttons on Internet Explorer's newly stripped-down toolbar, which sits at the top of the screen.

Hover your mouse pointer over a confusing Internet Explorer button to see its purpose in life.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.