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Internet Vocabulary

Commonly used terms

Address Box A narrow, rectangular box in the browser window where you can type in a web address. Once typed, depress the Enter key on the keyboard and the page will change to website requested.
Browse To explore a website or a number of websites by scanning and reading information.
Browser A program used to view World Wide Web pages, such as Google chrome or Internet Explorer.
Forward Arrow This arrow is present at the top left of most browsers. When you click on the forward arrow, it takes you forward to a page you just left and is opposite in direction from pages the back arrow takes you through.
Icon A small picture or image representing a command, a file or a program. When you click on an icon, you start a command, open a file or launch a program.
Internet A vast, international collection of computer networks that transfers information. A combination of the words international and network. Websites and email are part of the Internet.
Link A highlighted/underlined feature on a web page that, when clicked, will take you to another web page. Whenever the cursor turns into a pointing hand, the image or word to which it is pointing is a link.
Log On To gain access to a computer system or website by entering a password and/or a user ID.
Go online To go on the internet
Home Page The opening page of a website. It provides information about the site and directs you to other pages on the site.
Scroll Bar A narrow, rectangular bar on the right edge and bottom edge of a web page. It lets you move the page to see more information.The scroll bar on the right moves the page up and down; the scroll bar on the bottom moves the page right & left.
Site Map A list of the contents on a website, similar to an index in a book. A link to the site map is usually found at the top or bottom of the home page
Surf the net To explore various websites on the internet.
Website A location on the World Wide Web that contains information about a specific topic. A website usually contains multiple pages with different types of information about the topic.
World Wide Web An information system on the Internet that allows documents to be connected to other documents by hypertext links, enabling the user to search for information by moving from one document to another.
Web Address or Uniform Resource Locator The address for a website ends with a dot followed by letters that indicate the website category.
Back Arrow This arrow is found at the top left of most browsers. When you click on the back arrow, it takes you back, in order, through all of the web pages you've seen. Sometimes called the back button.
Button A small box that looks like it's being depressed when you select it. Buttons can turn on (and turn off) many types of functions.
Drop Down List/Menu A list of items from which you can make selections.
Search Engines Specialized websites that can help you find what you're looking for. Google, Yahoo!, and Bing are some of the most popular search engines.
Search Box A small rectangular bar on a web page where you can type in a word or phrase to look for information.
Navigate To move text or other information on a computer screen up, down, or sideways, with new information appearing as the old disappears.
FAQs Frequently Asked Questions. These are commonly asked questions and answers that appear on many websites.
Menu A list of options or topics on a website that users can choose from.
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