Basics of the Internet on the Nexus 7 Tablet - dummies

Basics of the Internet on the Nexus 7 Tablet

Browsing the internet on the Nexus 7 tablet isn’t quite the same as using the internet on a computer. Here are some tips to make the most of your mobile internet experience:

How to view the web on the Nexus 7 tablet

Your Nexus 7’s web browsing app is named Chrome. It’s the same web browser found on desktop computers, also known as Google Chrome. Yeah, Chrome is part of the whole googly thing with the Nexus 7.

The Chrome app is found on the Favorites bar on the Home screen, on the far left. Or like all apps on your tablet, it can be found on the All Apps screen.


Here are some handy Nexus 7 web browsing tips:

  • Pan the web page by dragging your finger across the touchscreen. You can pan up, down, left, or right when the page is larger than the tablet’s screen.

  • Pinch the screen to zoom out, or spread two fingers to zoom in.

  • You can orient the tablet vertically to read a web page in Portrait mode. Doing so may reformat some web pages, which can make long lines of text easier to read.

How to visit a web page on the Nexus 7 tablet

To visit a web page, type its address into the Address box. You can also type a search word or phrase if you don’t know the exact address of a web page. Touch the Go button on the onscreen keyboard to search the web or visit a specific web page.

You “click” links on a page by touching them with your finger. If you have trouble stabbing the correct link, zoom in on the page and try again.

  • To reload a web page, touch the Refresh icon on the left end of the Address bar.

  • To stop a web page from loading, touch the X that appears to the left of the Address bar. The X replaces the Refresh icon and appears only when a web page is loading.

  • Many websites feature special mobile editions, which automatically appear whenever you visit those sites by using a device such as the Nexus 7. If you prefer not to automatically visit the mobile version of a website, touch the Menu icon and choose the Request Desktop Site command. When that item is selected, the Chrome app no longer shows the mobile version of a website.

How to browse back and forth on the Nexus 7 tablet

To return to a web page, you can touch the Back icon or press the Back navigation icon at the bottom of the screen.


Touch the Chrome app’s Forward icon to go forward or to return to a page you were visiting before you touched the Back icon.

How to search the web on the Nexus 7 tablet

At the top of every Home screen on your Nexus 7 is the Google Now bar, which is the best way to search the web, the tablet, or just about anything else in your digital life. Touch the bar to summon the Google Now app and begin your search.

You can still visit the Google web page by using Chrome on your Nexus 7. (Google Now is better.)

How to search for something on a web page on the Nexus 7 tablet

To search for something when you’re viewing a web page in the Chrome app, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the web page where you want to find a specific tidbit o’ text.

  2. Touch the Menu icon.


  3. Choose Find in Page.

  4. Type the text you’re searching for.

  5. Use the up- or down-arrow icon to locate that text on the page — up or down, respectively.

    The found text appears highlighted in yellow.

Touch the Cancel (X) button when you’re done searching.

How to share a page from the Nexus 7 tablet

There it is! That web page you just have to talk about to everyone you know. The gauche way to share the page is to copy and paste it. But there’s a better way. Heed these steps:

  1. Go to the web page you want to share.

  2. Touch the Menu icon and choose the Share command.

    The Share Via menu appears, listing apps and methods by which you can share the page.


    The variety and number of items on the Share Via menu depend on the apps installed on your tablet. For example, Twitter and Facebook appear if you’ve set up those social networking sites.

  3. Choose a method to share the link.

    For example, choose Email to send the link by mail, or Twitter to share the link with your legions of followers.

  4. Do whatever happens next.

    Whatever happens next depends on how you’re sharing the link: Compose the e-mail, create a comment in Facebook, or do whatever.

A handy way to share a web page with your Nexus 7 is to use the NFC feature, commonly known as Android Beam. (Not to be confused with Jim Beam.)

To share a web page you’re viewing with another Android Beam device, touch your Nexus 7’s back to the other device’s rear (or wherever NFC is enabled on it). To send the page you’re viewing, touch the screen when you see the prompt Touch to Beam.

Similarly, another human with an Android Beam–capable gizmo can send a web page to you: Touch your Nexus 7’s back to that other device and then let the other human touch his or her screen. The web page is beamed instantly to your tablet, appearing right on the screen.