Objective: Learn about Web Browsers
Basics of web browsers
1. Address Bar
An Address bar is the area in a web browser that shows the web address or URL of your current page. This is where you type a web address like www.MySAPL.org and press enter on the keyboard to visit that page.
Links are either text or images that stand out and will open another page if clicked on. Text links are usually blue. For example: San Antonio Public Library If you click on the blue text, the link will open our library’s homepage. A link can also be used to download different file types. When the mouse hovers over a link the cursor will change into a small hand pointing to the link.
When you find a web page that you would like to return to in the future, you can add that page to your bookmarks or favorites. Instead of trying to remember the web address to these pages, you can search for them in your bookmarks. To add a bookmark, press the star in the right corner and a menu will appear to name your bookmark.
To find your bookmarks later, go to the 3 bar menu (in Chrome), hover over Bookmarks, and a new menu will pop up listing your bookmarks. In Explorer, click on the star in the top right hand corner to add a page to your Favorites.
5. Tabbed Browsing
1. At the top of your browser, next to the address bar, you will see a small square next to the current tab.
2. Clicking on this small square will open a new tab.
This feature allows you to view another webpage, without leaving your current page. For example, when searching for a title in our catalog and the patron wants to know what is the third book in that series, you can use the New Tab function to search for that information while keeping your catalog search results. You can also right click on links and select “Open in new tab” and view that link without leaving the original page.
6. Downloading Files
To download files using a web browser, right click on the link and select either “Save Link As or Save Target As”