Internet Browsing from Your Tab 4 NOOK

By Corey Sandler

You need an active Wi-Fi signal to use the Internet from your tablet. Without it, your browser will load, but won’t browse. Going onto the Internet from the Tab 4 NOOK is very much like making the same journey from a desktop or laptop computer, except that you’ll be using your fingers to do the walking and the screen is smaller.

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Keep these things in mind while browsing:

  • If you know the name of the web page you want to go to, just tap the address bar near the top of the page. Then use the onscreen virtual keyboard to enter its name.

  • You don’t need to enter http://. Most times you don’t have to enter www, either.

  • When you finish typing a web address, tap the Return key at the lower-right corner of the keyboard.

  • If the browser correctly predicts what you want to enter, just tap the web address.

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  • If you swipe a web page up toward the top of the device, the address bar and tabs disappear. To see the address bar again, swipe down.

The Chrome browser has a few more particulars:

  • To refresh or reload a web page, tap the curved arrow icon to the left of the address bar.

  • To stop a web page from loading — a valuable tool if there’s a hangup — tap the X symbol in the address bar. It’s to the left when a page is coming up; when the page comes up, that X is replaced by the refresh icon.

  • Anything a mouse can do on a computer, you do with a tap of your finger. “Click” a link by tapping the highlighted text (often marked in blue). Select an item or make a choice from a list by tapping an icon, picture, or word.

  • If the web page is too small for you to easily jab at with your finger, zoom in: Place two fingers on the page and spread them apart. This works on most but not all pages.

Start by examining the browser’s menu. Get there by tapping the Menu icon in the upper-right corner of any page in Chrome.

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Here are some of the choices:

  • New Tab. You can open many tabs at once, flitting from website to website. Although after about three tabs, the real screen gets too crowded to easily use. You can also open a new tab by tapping the blank tab above the address bar.

  • New Incognito Tab. This new tab section has a bit more privacy than a standard web visit.

  • Bookmarks. Tap to see favorite pages you’ve noted.

  • Recent Tabs. You can revisit web pages on tabs you recently closed. This is generally a good thing for busy users.

    Chrome makes it easy to see websites you’ve visited. Use the Privacy option to clear the Recent tabs and browsing history.

  • History. You can go back in time within the same session, or days past. And if you have other devices using the same Google account, you can see their history. The History panel can hold dozens of entries. You can clear your browsing data by tapping the button at the bottom of the History screen, or clear away individual visits by tapping the X beside a particular entry.

  • Share. Tell the world, or at least your friends, family, and coworkers about pages you’ve found.

  • Print. Tap here to print from your Tab 4 NOOK to most local printers with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth communication facilities; you will have to set up this communication link beforehand.

  • Find in Page. Search for a word, name, or phrase within the current web page. As you type, results get more specific. You can’t search for an image, only words in the text.

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  • Add to Homescreen. You can create a shortcut to a web page, a very useful hyper-bookmark.

  • Request Desktop Site. Websites want to show you their special, reduced mobile versions. Which you may not like. To ask that sites treat your tablet as if it were a desktop, tap to place a check mark in Request Desktop Site. You might have to reload or re-request the page for this to take effect.