Lesson 2: Title, Menu, & Tool Bars
Let's take it from the top. The name of the Web site or
title of the page you are viewing is found on the top left hand
corner of your screen. Traditionally, this horizontal blue bar
runs across the entire width of your screen. This blue bar that
contains the name of the Web site is called the Title Bar. The
Title Bar will serve as a trusty anchor, always letting your
know where you are by sharing the title of the Web site you are
visiting. This bar does not take you anywhere, but it always
lets you know where you are.
Underneath the Title Bar are other bars that can be used for
moving around the Internet. If you are looking for quick and
easy ways to navigate, the bars located at the top of your
screen under the Title Bar will be helpful. One of the most
useful bars is the Menu Bar. You will quickly appreciate each of
the options found on the Menu Bar.
The Menu Bar is the horizontal band that contains commands and
options that can be chosen. In Internet Explorer, these
selections are File, Edit, View, Favorites, Tools, and Help.
Clicking on each of the items in the standard Menu Bar at the
top of your page will drop down a menu that is a useful way to
access the many features of the Internet Explorer program. The
last menu item is the Help item. You will be surprised and
relieved how often you will be able to click Help and find the
answers you need.
The Menu Bar is a very useful tool when trying to make your way
around a Web site. Because the Menu Bar offers so many helpful
functions, the quicker you master File, Edit, View, Favorites,
Tools, and Help, the better. It does not take long to learn the
purpose of each of these menu items that help you move around
Because the Address Bar offers a unique method of navigating the
Web, it will be explained in greater detail a little later in
As its name implies, this is the area where a lot of work gets
done. The Tool Bar is much like the Menu Bar stretching from
left to right across the top of your screen just under the
Address Bar. Because the Tool Bar is the workhorse of bars, it
is larger and contains many useful icons divided into three
areas. Each of these icons has a text description of its
function under the icon itself. If you do not see the text
description, hold your cursor over the icon, and the function of
the icon will appear. Either way, it will not take you long to
associate each function with its picture. Let's become familiar
with the first area which contains five icons. The remainder of
the icons on the Tool Bar will be explained in later lessons.
The first icon on the Tool Bar is the Back Icon. You will be
surprised how often you will want to return to a Web page or Web
site you enjoyed earlier.
How about another direction change? Ready to return to the Web
page you were viewing before you backtracked with the Back
arrow? Yes, there is a tool for that. The Forward icon can
return you to square one by revisiting each page successively.
Let's review. How would you find a page that you have just
visited? To return to the last page you viewed, simply click the
Back arrow icon on the toolbar.
If you want to view one of the last nine pages you visited in
this session, just click that small black down arrow located to
the side of the Back or Forward icon. You will see a list of the
sites you have visited previously. Then just click the page you
want from the list.
Stop and Refresh Icons
It will not take you long to appreciate two other icons found on
the Tool Bar. The Stop icon is located to the right of the Back
and Forward arrows. Clicking the Stop icon will stop the page
you have selected from downloading.
This icon is especially useful. Click the Stop icon if a page is
taking too long to download. What if you changed your mind and
do not want to visit a page? Just click this icon. Occasionally
you find that you have clicked on a wrong link. Again, the Stop
icon to the rescue.
The next icon is not quite as intuitive as the old familiar Stop
icon. It is the Refresh icon. Refresh makes sure you are viewing
the latest version of the current Web page. Remember one of the
unique characteristics of the Internet is that it is dynamic and
fluid. Information is continuously being added, and Web pages
are constantly changing. It might be important to you that you
are viewing the very latest information. For that reason, you
have a Refresh icon. Just click the Refresh icon and your
browser will reload the latest version of the page you are
Home Page Icon
In reference to this icon, home page is the Web page that your
browser uses when it starts, the Web page that appears every
time you open your browser. Clicking the home page icon found on
the Tool Bar will take you to the specific page you have set as
your browser's home page.