Exiting and Logging Off the Internet
When you are finished browsing the Internet, you should not only exit Internet Explorer, but also log off your dial-up account. (If you have a broadband connection that is always connected, you do not need to log off.)
To exit Internet Explorer, click its Close button or click File, Close. When you exit Internet Explorer, you may be prompted to log off your Internet provider. Click Yes or Disconnect Now. If you are not prompted, be sure to log off. To do so, right-click the connection icon in the system tray and select Disconnect.
Chapter 9. Searching the Internet
IN THIS CHAPTER
The Internet includes many different sites. Looking for the site you want by browsing can be like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. Instead, you can search for a topic and find all sites
You can use Internet Explorer's search tool, or you can visit and use the search features at any number of Internet search sites.
Searching with Internet Explorer
To help you get where you want to go quickly, Internet Explorer provides a Search bar. You can use the features in this pane to search for sites relating to a particular topic or interest.
To search for sites using Internet Explorer, follow these steps:
Getting the Most from the Search Results
If you use the Search button, MSN (Microsoft Network) is the search engine that is used, unless you or someone else changed it. (You can also use other search tools, which are covered later in this chapter, and you can change the engine used by Internet Explorer.) MSN's search results page includes several useful features for finding the most closely matching site. Review these tips:
Fine-Tuning the Search
If you don't find an appropriate match, you can refine your search. The Search bar provides some suggestions for fine-tuning the search. You can also use more complex search criteria. For instance, if you are searching for the White House, most results start with listings of sites that include both words. However, the listings also include sites that have "White" or "House." You can limit the search to only those sites that contain both "White House."
To use MSN's additional search features, click the Settings link on the MSN Search page. You see the various options for refining your search criteria (see Figure 9.5). Here, you can pick and choose from among several search options, including how matches are made: all of the words, any of the words, words in the title, the exact phrase, and others. You can limit the search to particular domains (only government or .gov sites, for instance). You also can specify that the matching sites contain certain elements, such as audio or images. Make your choices and then start the search.
Figure 9.5. If you get too many matches (or none!), try changing some of search settings.