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Chapter 5. Exploring the Internet - Pg. 133

Exploring the Internet Introduction The Internet is a global collection of more than a billion computers (and growing) linked together to share information. The Internet's physical structure includes tele- phone lines, cables, satellites, and other telecommunications media. Using the Internet, computer users can share many types of information, including text, graphics, sounds, videos, and computer programs. The World Wide Web (also known as the web) is a part of the Internet that consists of web sites located on different computers around the world. A web site contains web pages linked together to make searching for information on the Internet easier. Web pages are documents that contain highlighted words, phrases, and graphics, called hyperlinks (or simply links) that open other web pages when you click them. Some web pages contain frames. A frame is a separate window within a web page that lets you see more than one web page at a time. Web browsers are software programs that you use to "browse the web, or access and display web pages. Browsers make the " web easy to navigate by providing a graphical, point-and-click environment. Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 ( New! ) is a popular browser from Microsoft that is built-in to Windows 7. With a web browser, you can display web pages from all over the world, display web content on the desktop, view web feeds, use links to move from one web page to another, play audio and video clips, search the web for information, make favorite web pages available offline (when you're not connected to the Internet), and print text and graphics on web pages. 5 What You'll Do Connect to the Internet Create an Internet Connection Set Up Windows Firewall Start Internet Explorer View the Internet Explorer Window Change Your Home Page Browse the Web Browse Privately 5 Search the Web Save a Web Page Use Compatibility View Use and Manage Accelerators Get Updates with Web Slices Add a Web Page to the Favorites List View and Maintain a History List Read and Subscribe to Feeds Preview and Print a Web Page Save Pictures or Text from a Web Page Download Files from the Web or FTP Download Windows Live Essentials 133