Alright, I know it’s not a true statement, but I wish it were! I have gotten lost on the internet at times and I know there are others who are in an even worse position that me. So let me share with you a few pointers that can help online college students navigate the web more successfully.

Let’s start with the basics. You can want to know several ways to access your Internet browser. You can do that through your computer’s start menu if you’re using Windows or the taskbar using Mac. Your computer might also have an Internet browser button which makes this even easier.

Once your browser is open the first key to navigation is in knowing the difference between the search bar in the address bar. While Google Chrome treats these two boxes as the same, Firefox and Internet Explorer both have a unique address bar and search feature box. When typing in a website many people think that you need to type in the HTTP as well as the WWW, but in most cases you can leave both of these off when going directly to a website. The search bar is usually smaller and located to the upper right of your browser. The address bar is typically more prominent directly in the middle of the top.

Sometimes while browsing you may experience a streaming video no longer working order a page failing to load. A common trick is to press your computers F5 key. This will refresh the screen and reload your browser, giving it another chance to display what’s on the page.

Downloading files can be tricky for some people, but the most important key to remember with this is that you can most often right-click on the link and select “save as” to download a file. When you do this your computer will save to a default location. This may be your desktop, a download folder or another location you selected. I find it easy to download most things to the desktop initially and then put them in the appropriate folder later.

Opening a new tab, window or document is easy and just requires the punch of some keys. If you are browsing and don’t wish to leave your current location, but wish to view something else you can either click “ctrl+t” to open up a new browser tab or “ctrl+w” to open up a new window. When in an office document “ctrl+n” will often open up a new document.

In your browser, you may click on a link and realize you went to the wrong page. When doing so I’m sure you’re aware of your browsers back button. You may also, if your cursor is not located in a text field, click on the backspace key to return to the previous page. Knowing this is good too, because it means that accidentally clicking on the backspace key when you’re on a page that you wish to be viewing such as a form you are filling out is a mistake.

So here are some ways that students taking online classes can better navigate the internet.

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