"Six Internet Explorer Toolbars - What You Needs to Know About It?"

The following are the 6 Internet Explorer toolbars that you will see if you are using Internet Explorer as your browser. Each of the toolbar has their own purpose and usage.

1) Title bar

  • Display at the top of the screen (normally in blue color) and displayed the title of the program that you are currently running.

2) Menu bar

  • Underneath the Title Bar and consists of a group of pull-down menus - File, Edit, View, Favorites, Tools, and Help that you can click to reveal a list of options and submenus.

3) Standard Buttons bar

  • Right below the Menu bar. The function of each button is describe here (from left to right):
IE Standard Buttons Bar

Back to previous page button:
Click on the small Back left arrow on the navigation bar near the top left corner of your screen. Each time you click on this arrow, you will return to the next previous site that you visited. If you hold your mouse over the Back arrow, the title of the upcoming page will briefly appear.

To skip farther back, click on the small black triangle to the right of the word Back. This will bring up a list of pages you have visited. Click on any one of these choices to return to the desired page. This is the equivalent of clicking on the Back arrow several times.

Move forward button:
When you have returned to previous sites with the Back arrow, you can go forward again by clicking on the small right-pointing arrow next to the Back arrow. If you hold your mouse over this arrow, the title of the upcoming page will briefly appear.

To move farther ahead, click on the small black triangle to the right of the Forward arrow in the menu bar at the top of the screen. This presents a list of several sites you have visited. Click on any of the choices to return to the desired site. This is the equivalent of clicking on the Forward arrow several times.

Stop button: The circle containing the X will stop a page while it is in the process of loading. This is useful if a page is not successfully or speedily retrieving.

Refresh button: The square containing the two curved arrows re-retrieves the page you are currently viewing. This is useful if the page does not load successfully or completely.

Home button: The home icon takes you back to the page that was on the screen when you first started IE 6. You can customize your selection.

Search button: The search button opens up a function that uses one or more Web search tools. You can choose the search tool(s) you want as your default.

Favorites button: Favorites are Web sites you have visited that you would like to store for easy access. You can add, delete and organize your Favorites.

History button: The history function allows you to view and select Web pages you have visited within the last 20 days. You can sort your items by clicking on the black triangle to the right of the word View. You can sort by size, date, the number of times visited, and the order you have visited today.

Mail button: You can read email from this window. Choose the email software you wish to use by going back to the Menu Bar and choosing Tools/Internet Options/Programs.

Print button: Allows you to print the current page.

Edit button: You may edit the current page in the HTML editor of your choice. Choose the editor by going back to the Menu Bar and choosing Tools/Internet Options/Programs.

Discuss button: You may set a default Usenet newsgroup server.

4) Address Bar

  • Below the Standard Buttons bar and shows you the URL of the Web page currently displayed in the Internet Explorer browsing area.
  • If you know the address of a web site you want to visit, type the URL in the Address Bar and then press Enter.

5) Links Bar

  • Beside the Address Bar (right-hand end). If the Links bar is hidden by the Address bar, double-click the word Links to reveal the full Links bar.
  • This button contains a drop-down list of shortcuts to various Microsoft Web pages. To add a Quick Link button for the Web page that you're currently viewing, drag its Web page icon (the icon that precedes the URL in the Address bar) to the place on the Links bar where you want the Quick Link button to appear.
  • To remove a button from the Links bar, right-click the button and choose Delete from the shortcut menu.

6) Status Bar

  • Provides information on your whereabouts as you travel the Web and also the status of IE as it performs its functions.
  • Normally when a page id loaded successfully, it will display the word Done in the most right-hand side of the status bar.

Note: You can quickly display or hide any internet explorer toolbars by right-clicking the menu bar and selecting the toolbar that you want to display or hide from the shortcut menu.

By knowing each of the internet explorer toolbars, I believe you can quickly get familiar with the features available at the Internet Explorer program.

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