Qwest.net Internet User Guide
What you see first may vary from time to time as we update our Web site, but the principles of surfing the Web will remain the same. You can follow the guidelines we provide here when using any Web page.
You'll use the magic of hyperlinks to "surf" the Web. When you move your mouse over a hyperlink, the shape of the mouse pointer changes to a hand (see Figure 2). You then can click the link to jump to related information. For example, each of the three sample icons shown below is a hyperlink.
Hyperlinks are the reason you've heard so much about the Web because it can connect any two pieces of information on the Web, no matter where in the world they are.
Common Web Navigation Tools
The Netscape Navigator browser has a standard set of menus at the top that you can use to access all of its features. Most of the time you'll use the Netscape toolbars to help you navigate the Internet more quickly. There are three separate toolbars, each of which is covered here: Location toolbar
Displays the uniform resource location (URL), or address, of the current Web page. You can also use the location toolbar to enter any Web address that you want to visit (see Figure 3). The toolbar includes a button that opens your bookmarks—shortcuts to your favorite Web sites. These two areas are positioned next to each other because they work together, as we describe below:
This toolbar contains basic navigation buttons that can speed your Web surfing as well as some other handy tools (see Figure 4).
Netscape Navigator special reatures
Your browser has some unique features that deserve special emphasis: the Personal Toolbar, the Component Bar and Bookmarks (see Figure 5). If the Personal Toolbar isn't displayed, turn it on by selecting Show Personal Toolbar from the View menu. The Component Bar is in the lower right corner and includes an icon for each of the major Netscape Navigator functions.
The Personal Toolbar (see Figure 6) is unique to the Microsoft® Windows® version of Netscape Navigator. The Personal Toolbar gives you quick access to some specialized Web functions that we've built into your browser.
Bookmarks Some Web addresses are long and hard to remember, and you'd certainly tire of retyping the ones you do recall. But most browsers, including Netscape, have a simple system that lets you save, organize and recall any Web address (URL) that you use.
When you find a Web site to which you'll want to return, from the Bookmarks menu, select Add to Bookmarks and the address will be saved in the default Bookmark folder. The key to long-term success, however, is to create folders in which to organize the links you save (see Figure 7).
To create a new folder and then save a bookmark link into that folder:
You can easily move bookmarks from one folder to another by dragging bookmarks to new locations. You can also add a separator bar between folders to help group your entries: While editing a bookmark, place your cursor where you want the separator bar and select File and then select New Separator.
This toolbar lets you select different Netscape Navigator components. Normally, these icons are found in the lower-right corner of your Netscape Navigator screen, but they may be in a separate window (see Figure 8). Close this window to return the Component Bar to the lower-right corner of your screen. If you want the Component Bar in a separate window, select Communicator and then select Show Component Bar.
Netscape® Navigator V3 versus V4
For a variety of reasons, you might be using Netscape Navigator V3 instead of V4. If you are, then you will be interested in this summary of some of the improvements in the newer version. We hope this list helps you with your decision to upgrade to the latest version.
User Profiles, available in Navigator V4 and above, let different people share one computer and still retain individual settings and e-mail addresses. Even if you're the only one using your computer, you might have one profile for a personal identity and another for a business identity, so that you can check different e-mail accounts and maintain both personal and business bookmarks.
The e-mail function of Netscape has been greatly improved in V4. It has a much more intuitive interface and includes new tools, such as automatic filtering that sorts your mail into different folders based on keywords you specify in the "From," "To," or "Subject" lines of the e-mail (see the e-mail section for details).
The newsgroups in Netscape V4 and above, called Discussion Groups and accessed via Netscape Collabra, have a more intuitive interface, and improved identification and filtering tools, plus a better subscription function (see the Web Publishing section) that lets you quickly create and publish Web pages without needing to know HTML.
Netscape V3 doesn't let you rearrange the toolbars or add your own links to them. Communicator includes a "quick hide" button on each bar as well as drag and drop capabilities between some buttons. Plus, the Component Bar lets you select any component with one mouse click.
You'll also find that many of the Toolbar buttons are now more useful. In earlier versions, some of these buttons were more to benefit Netscape's marketing efforts than you, the end-user. Now, however, even the buttons that jump you to the Netscape site connect you to useful pages—even some that you can customize to suit your needs.
Macintosh® special featuresIf you are a Macintosh user, you may notice a few differences between what is in this Internet User Guide and what you see on your screen. Here is a summary of some of the key differences you may encounter:
Search enginesWeb search engines automatically surf the Web, store words from the Web sites they can find and then build an index to those words. They then offer public access to this index through a Web page. You type one or more keywords into the Web page and the engine returns a list of every Web page that contains your words.
You'll never have a problem finding something, but you may get swamped with a long list of links to Web pages that don't offer what you need. The key to good Web searching is to find fewer pages, not more pages, and there are many search tricks that will help you zero in on the information you want.
Getting only what you need
No two search engines are exactly alike. Each engine indexes Web sites differently and processes your request differently. So, the best way to refine your searches is to read the instructions on every search engine you use. The search engine's home page will include a link that says something like Options, Advanced Search, or Search Tips. Use these tips to narrow your searches. Here is one popular search engine:
Browsing through categories
Most search engines let you access their indexed information by browsing a list of categories. If you want information on a general topic, rather than information that contains specific keywords, try the category links. Each service has different categories, so experiment with all the services.
These search engines also have direct links to special features such as map services, people-finding directories, classified ads, business yellow pages and sports scores.
These services also let you create a tailored search page that automatically retrieves information for you. Thereafter, when you enter the service, you'll get a tailored version of their page.
Online helpIn cyberspace, things change quickly, and we want to always deliver to you the best possible Internet experience. That means that we will constantly change our system. If you encounter something new with which you need help, visit the online technical support at our Web site.
Additionally, Netscape has an extensive online help system for its Communicator suite of Internet tools. To access the help system now, from the Help menu, select Help Contents.
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