The Internet For Dummies
Over the last 20 years, surfing the Internet, browsing the web, emailing, and online chat have become part of everyday life. Here are pointers for browsing the web, signing up for an email mailbox, and understanding what people are saying once you are online.
Web Browsing Basics
The web is the public face of the Internet, with billions of web pages you can read with everything from comics to news to medical information to TV shows. Here are the basic moves to make when you browse the web:
Go directly to a website: Type an address into the Address box and press Enter. (You can leave off the http://. Most, of the time, you can leave off the www., too.) Press F6 to move the cursor into the Address box.
Return to the previous page: Click the Back button or press Alt+←.
Reload the current page: Press Ctrl+R (Cmd+R on a Mac) or click Reload or Refresh.
Open a new tab in the browser window: Press Ctrl+T (Cmd+T on a Mac). Or, Ctrl+click (Cmd+click) a link to open it in a new tab.
Close the current tab: Press Ctrl+W (Cmd+W on a Mac).
Display the next tab: Press Ctrl+Tab (Cmd+Shift+→ on a Mac).
Open a new browser window: Press Ctrl+N (Cmd+N on a Mac).
Save an image on a web page: Right-click the image (Cmd+click on a Mac) and choose Save Image As or Save Picture As.
Print the web page: Press Ctrl+P (Cmd+P on a Mac).
Add the current page to your bookmarks or favorites: Press Ctrl+D (Cmd+D on a Mac).
Must-Have Web Browser Plug-Ins
Plug-ins are small software programs that you install on your computer to view or play some applications on the Web. Here are the most common browser plug-ins you'll probably need:
Web-Based Email Mailboxes
Don’t use the mailbox that comes with your Internet connection, because if you change Internet providers you’ll lose your email address. Instead, sign up for a free mailbox with one of these webmail services:
As you browse the internet, you have probably come across some abbreviations. What are all these abbreviations people are dropping into email and chat? Here are some of the most common:
AFAIK: As far as I know
BTW: By the way
DR: Didn't read — write something shorter next time
FWIW: For what it’s worth
IANAL: I am not a lawyer, (but. . . .)
IMHO: In my humble opinion
LOL: Laugh out loud (not lots of love)
ROTFL: Rolling on the floor laughing (or ROFL)
RSN: Real soon now (that is, any time in the next century)
RTFM: Read the manual — you could have and should have looked it up yourself
TIA: Thanks in advance
TL;DR: Too long; didn’t read — write something shorter next time
YMMV: Your mileage may vary