142. Navigate the Web
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Just jump right in!
143 Search the Web
146 Browse with Tabbed Windows
148 Bookmark a Favorite Page
When you start Firefox, it displays your Home pagea web page you've arbitrarily selected to view first whenever you launch the browser. (See 147 Set Your Home Page .) You move from page to page on the World Wide Web by either clicking a link on a web page, or by typing the address of the page you want to view into your web browser (Firefox). After you've viewed a few web pages during a session, you can easily move back to view some previous page if needed.
If you find a web page that's especially interesting, you can bookmark it so that you can easily revisit it whenever its information is updated. See 148 Bookmark a Favorite Page . You can also save a favorite page and its contents on your hard disk permanently. See 150 Save a Web Page .
Link A bit of text or a graphic image that, when clicked, causes a particular web page to be displayed. When the mouse pointer is moved over a link, the pointer changes to a hand.
142. Navigate the Web
| | Enter or Select an Address
To view a particular web page, type its address in the Location
bar on the Navigation
toolbar and press Enter
or click the Go
button. For example, type www.samspublishing.com and press Enter
. You can also open the Location
drop-down list and select an address that you've previously typed.
Typically, the new page and its contents replaces the currently viewed page in the browser. But you can set up Firefox to create a tabbed window for each new page if you like, so that you can jump back and forth quickly, between a series of pages you're interested in. See 146 Browse with Tabbed Windows
To view a page full screen (hiding the menu bar and all the toolbars except the Navigation toolbar), choose View, Full Screen or press F11.
Some web pages automatically display pop-up ads and similar small windows that pop up over a page's content; Firefox will typically block these for you and display a message telling you it is doing so. If you want to display the popup anyway, click the message bar, which appears under the toolbars.
If a page has trouble displaying correctly, you can try reloading it. Click the Reload button on the Navigation toolbar. Stop a page from displaying by clicking the Stop button.
OR Click a Link
After a web page is displayed, you can move to a related web page by clicking a link . A link typically appears as blue, underlined text, although it can be formatted differently. A link might also appear as a graphic or a button. You can identify a link by moving the mouse pointer over it and watching the pointer change to a hand.
If you've set up Firefox for tabbed browsing, click the link with the middle mouse button or press Ctrl as you click to automatically open that page in a new tabbed window. See 146 Browse with Tabbed Windows .
OR Select Address from Go Menu
To revisit a page you've viewed previously in this browser session, open the Go menu and select the web page you want to revisit from the list. To view a page you've visited during some previous viewing session, use the browser's History. See 145 Use History .
When you return to a previous page, any links you visited typically appear as purple, underlined text, rather than in blue. This color change helps you identify which pages you've looked at already.
OR View Previous Pages
To revisit the page you just left, click the Back button on the Navigation toolbar. To return to the page you were on when you jumped backward, click the Forward button. To jump back or forward several pages in your viewing history, click the arrow on the Back or Forward button and select a page from the list that appears.
To revisit the Home page at any time, click the Home button on the Navigation toolbar.