Web Browsing Basics - dummies

By John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young

Part of The Internet For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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).