There is a bunch of different definitions to what a web browse is, they all have a different arrangement of words, some are long and some are short, but they all end up telling you just one thing, a web browser. So here I have listed a few,
- a program used to view HTML documents
- a software application for retrieving, presenting, and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web
- Software used to display the World Wide Web and often the Internet in general. Examples include Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari and Google Chrome
- Computer software for viewing web pages
- A Web browser is a software application that enables a user to display and interact with text, images, and other information typically located on a Web page at a website on the World Wide Web or a local area network
After the above definitions you might have an idea of what a web browser is. In brief; just as you use Microsoft word for text editing, or Windows media player for media playing that is how you use web browser to view information from World Wide Web (WWW)
There are many types of web browsers, but the most popular for regular users are
For normal usage each of these browsers provide an adequate functionality, they differ in looks, speed and controls, so it all comes down to which of them you will be comfortable using. For more technical people they will choose browsers according to their requirement or from what they get from a browser as per their usage. But as a normal user, you don’t have to worry about that part of technical aspect.
Parts of a Web Browser: Overview
Most of the useful tools available in your web browser are located in the top section of the browser. These tools are arranged in “toolbars.” There are four different toolbars in each web browser:
- The Title Bar
- The Menu Bar
- The Navigation Bar
- The Address Bar
- The Tabs and bookmarks
The Title Bar
At the very top is the Title Bar. This displays the title of the web page you’re viewing, followed by the name of the web browser you’re using. The title bar is usually blue.
The Address Bar
Located just under the Navigation Bar is the Address Bar. It displays the web address of the page you’re viewing. You’ll learn more about web addresses later in the tutorial.
Right after the title bar, there are Left and Right navigation arrows, and these will help you go back to previous viewed page in sequential order, and forward same way.
The Tabs and bookmarks
Right below the menu bar is the Tabs and bookmarks. This bar can have any number of buttons on it, but here are the most important and frequently used.
- The Favorite center here is where all your favorite websites are saved and organized, you can access them by clicking the star icon.
- The Add favorite Gives you an option to quick save any of your favorite website to easily access it any other time without writing down its web address
- Quick tabs is a new feature in IE(Internet Explorer) that will table the tabs in one page to show you the overview of the tabs opened. See the image below
- The Home button brings you back to the browser’s home page, or the page that automatically shows when you open your browser.
- RSS is something a bit more technical but useful, I will try to write a simple explanation about RSS in future posts.
- Print, is the shortcut to allow you print a content of a web page to produce a hard copy (paper copy)
Detailed tutorial on this, will be available in video soon. Check back later.