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Dummies 101: Internet Explorer 4 For Windows offers complete coverage of Explorer 4, with plain-English, step-by-step lessons, fun quizzes, and part summaries that help reinforce what you've learned.
With computing expert and professional author Ned Snell as your personal instructor, you discover how to
Plus, on the Dummies 101: Companion CD, you'll find valuable software, including
- Who Needs IE4, Anyhow?
Okay, So Who Needs This Book?
What (If Anything) Do You Need to Start?
- Stuff you need to have
Stuff you need to know
- How to Use This Book
- The gray boxes
Stuff in the margins
The quizzes & tests
A few conventions
- How This Book Is Organized
- Part I: Browsing -- From Your Desktop to the Web
Part II: Managing Your Internet Interaction
Part III: Interacting with Others
Part IV: Writing and Publishing a Web Page
Part V: Appendix
- Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
- Unit 1: Installing and Understanding IE4
Lesson 1-1: How IE4 Changes Windows
Lesson 1-2: Signing Up with an Internet Service Provider
- Finding an Internet Service Provider
Using the ISP sign-up program on the CD-ROM
- Lesson 1-3: Setting Up IE4 on Your PC
- Installing the IE4 software from the CD
Running the Connection Wizard
- Unit 1 Quiz
Unit 1 Exercise
Unit 2: Browsing Around the New Windows
Lesson 2-1: Removing that Funky Wallpaper
Lesson 2-2: Learning to Click Again
- Opening a file or folder
Selecting files and folders
- Lesson 2-3: Using the Quick Launch Buttons
Lesson 2-4: Using the New Folder Toolbars
- Turning toolbars on and off
Using the Address Bar
Using the Standard Buttons toolbar
Back and Forward
Up, Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo, and Delete
- Unit 2 Quiz
Unit 2 Exercise
Unit 3: Surfing the Web
Lesson 3-1: Leaping Online (and Off!)
- Opening IE4 and the Internet
Understanding the "home page" and upcoming exercises
Signing Off the Internet
- Lesson 3-2: Moving Around in a Web Page
Lesson 3-3: Working with IE4's Toolbars
- Turning toolbars on or off
- Lesson 3-4: Using Links to Jump Around
- Identifying a link
Changing your mind (Stop!)
- Lesson 3-5: Entering Web Addresses (URLs)
- Entering a URL in IE4
Editing a URL
- Lesson 3-6: Jumping Backward, Forward, and Home
- Jumping back with the Back button
Jumping forward with the Forward button
Jumping home with the Home button
- Lesson 3-7: Getting Around in Frames
- Unit 3 Quiz
Unit 3 Exercise
Unit 4: Getting Back to Places You Like
Lesson 4-1: Jumping to a Favorite Page
- Opening and using the Favorites menu
Opening Favorites in the Explorer Bar
Opening Favorites anywhere in Windows
- Lesson 4-2: Adding a Page to Your Favorites List
- Creating a Favorite for the current page
Creating Favorites in folders
- Lesson 4-3: Managing Your Favorites
Lesson 4-4: Using (and Creating) Quick Links
- Using Quick Links
Creating Quick Links
- Lesson 4-5: Using History to Get Where You've Been
- Unit 4 Quiz
Unit 4 Exercise
Unit 5: Searching for Stuff
Lesson 5-1: Opening a Search Tool
- Using the Search button
Entering a search tool's URL
- Lesson 5-2: Clicking through Categories
- Wandering aimlessly -- why not?
- Lesson 5-3: Phrasing a Simple Search Term
- Understanding search terms
Using a search term
- Lesson 5-4: Power Searching
- Phrasing the perfect search term
Tips for using multiple words
Searching straight from IE4's Address Bar
Searching without a search tool
- Unit 5 Quiz
Unit 5 Exercise
Unit 6: Downloading Files and Playing Multimedia
Lesson 6-1: Understanding the Types of Files
Lesson 6-2: Finding Files
Lesson 6-3: Downloading a File
- Retrieving the file
Opening a downloaded file
- Lesson 6-4: Playing Multimedia
- Playing inline multimedia
Playing external multimedia
Dealing with IE4's unpredictable behavior
Playing a clip
Understanding "Active media"
- Unit 6 Quiz
Unit 6 Exercise
Part I Review
Unit 1 Summary
Unit 2 Summary
Unit 3 Summary
Unit 4 Summary
Unit 5 Summary
Unit 6 Summary
Part I Test
Part I Lab Assignment
- Unit 7: Retrieving Information with Channels
Lesson 7-1: Understanding Channels
- What's a channel?
How do I find channels?
- Lesson 7-2: Subscribing to a Channel
- Subscribe to a Microsoft channel
Removing a channel
- Lesson 7-3: Updating Channel Content
Lesson 7-4: Subscribing to Desktop Items
- Adding a desktop item
Removing or disabling a desktop item
- Lesson 7-5: Subscribing to a Web Page
- Unit 7 Quiz
Unit 7 Exercise
Unit 8: Customizing Your Interaction with the Web
Lesson 8-1: Customizing the Active Desktop
- Turning single-clicking on or off
Choosing custom settings
- Lesson 8-2: Changing Your Home Page
Lesson 8-3: Censoring IE4 with Content Advisor
- About the Web content controversy
Understanding the ratings
Enabling ratings and choosing types of material to block out
Setting general options for Content Advisor
Disabling Content Advisor
- Unit 8 Quiz
Unit 8 Exercise
Part II Review
Unit 7 Summary
Unit 8 Summary
Part II Test
Part II Lab Assignment
- Unit 9: Exchanging Mail and News with Outlook Express
Lesson 9-1: Sending Mail Straight from a Web Page
Lesson 9-2: Getting Around in Outlook Express
- Opening Outlook Express
Moving among Outlook Express folders
- Lesson 9-3: Composing and Sending a New Message
Lesson 9-4: Receiving Messages
- Receiving messages with Send and Receive
- Lesson 9-5: Replying to and Forwarding Messages
- Replying to a message
Forwarding a message
- Lesson 9-6: Getting Started with Newsgroups
- Opening a newsgroup from a Web page
Downloading the newsgroup list
Subscribing to newsgroups
- Lesson 9-7: Reading News Messages
Lesson 9-8: Posting Messages
- Understanding netiquette
Replying to a message
Posting a new message
- Unit 9 Quiz
Unit 9 Exercise
Unit 10: Chatting with Chat
Lesson 10-1: Understanding Chat
Lesson 10-2: Entering a Chat Room
- Opening Chat and connecting to the server
Choosing a nickname, character, and background
Entering a room
Understanding the chat display
- Lesson 10-3: Contributing to the Conversation
- Adding your two cents' worth
- Lesson 10-4: Customizing Chat
- Unit 10 Quiz
Unit 10 Exercise
Unit 11: Meeting with NetMeeting
Lesson 11-1: Opening and Configuring NetMeeting
Lesson 11-2: Getting Around in NetMeeting
Lesson 11-3: Making a Call
Lesson 11-4: Taking a Call
Lesson 11-5: Using the Whiteboard
- Opening the Whiteboard
Drawing on the Whiteboard
Writing on the Whiteboard
- Lesson 11-6:Video Conferencing
Lesson 11-7: Text Chatting
Lesson 11-8: Customizing NetMeeting
- Unit 11 Quiz
Unit 11 Exercise
Part III Review
Unit 9 Summary
Unit 10 Summary
Unit 11 Summary
Part III Test
Part III Lab Assignment
- Unit 12: Creating a Web Page in FrontPage Express
Lesson 12-1: What's an HTML File, Anyhow?
Lesson 12-2: Starting a New Page in FrontPage Express
- Opening FrontPage Express
Choosing a title
- Lesson 12-3: Entering and Formatting Text
- Selecting text
Entering normal paragraphs
- Lesson 12-4: Adding Pictures, Background, and Links
- Inserting a picture
Adding a background
- Lesson 12-5: Using a Wizard to Build a Page Quickly
- Unit 12 Quiz
Unit 12 Exercise
Unit 13: Publishing Pages with Web Publishing Wizard
Lesson 13-1: Understanding Web Publishing
- Finding server space
Preparing to publish
Announcing your page
- Lesson 13-2: Publishing Your Page
Lesson 13-3: Learning More about Authoring
- Unit 13 Quiz
Unit 13 Exercise
Part IV Review
Unit 12 Summary
Unit 13 Summary
Part IV Test
Part IV Lab Assignment
- Appendix: Answers
Unit 1 Quiz Answers
Unit 2 Quiz Answers
Unit 3 Quiz Answers
Unit 4 Quiz Answers
Unit 5 Quiz Answers
Unit 6 Quiz Answers
Unit 7 Quiz Answers
Unit 8 Quiz Answers
Unit 9 Quiz Answers
Unit 10 Quiz Answers
Unit 11 Quiz Answers
Unit 12 Quiz Answers
Unit 13 Quiz Answers
Part I Test Answers
Part II Test Answers
Part III Test Answers
Part IV Test Answers
Objectives for This Unit
Windows changes a lot under IE4. Yet, after you get past the most visible changes, it really doesn't change that much at all.
For one thing, the changes affect only activities you do generally in Windows, either on the desktop, in a folder, or in Windows Explorer; they have no effect at all on what you do inside programs, such as Word or Excel.
For another thing, you'll get used to them pretty quickly (trust me).
The icky Active Desktop wallpaper that commandeers your display after you install IE4 is not a functioning part of the Active Desktop. It's just decoration. You can remove it, restoring your original Windows desktop appearance (except for other, subtler changes made by the Active Desktop).
To remove the wallpaper:
In a window, a brief description of the Active Desktop opens.
In the Active Desktop, files, folders, and program icons are links. A link is something that makes something else happen when you click it. When you surf the Web, you click links to get from place to place (see Unit 3). In the Active Desktop, you click links to open files, folders, and programs -- all of the things you used to do by double-clicking file and folder icons.
Look at your Windows desktop now. You can tell that all of the icons on it are now links (see Figure 2-1) because:
The change to links affects both the way you open files and folders, and the way you select them when performing activities that require selecting.
After installing IE4, you see link formatting on file and folder icons on your Windows desktop, in folders, and in Windows Explorer (which is the file manager, and not to be confused with Internet Explorer, the Web browser). Whenever you see the link formatting, the techniques described next apply.
However, within your Windows programs, you often will not see the link formatting when working with file icons. When you do not see the link formatting, you simply use the regular Windows techniques you've used in the past.
On a link (or on a file or folder icon that looks like a link), opening the file or folder takes only a single click, not the double-click you're used to, as follows:
Practice single-clicking on your Active Desktop:
The pointer changes to a pointing finger, and My Computer is highlighted.
My Computer opens.
Observe that the disk icon is a link. Observe also that a handy description of your hard disk now appears on the left side of the folder window. These descriptions appear in all folders when you have the Active Desktop installed.
Icons appear for all of the folders on your hard disk.
The contents of the folder appear.
Observe that all of the folders and files in Windows Explorer appear as links, which you may open by single-clicking.
Question: How come the My folders have that fancy title along the left side of the window?
Answer: In addition to all of the other changes, the Active Desktop enables folders to contain all of the features and formatting of a Web page, including graphics, backgrounds, and more. Initially, you'll see this feature implemented in all folders as a fancy, graphical title. But soon, you'll see much more elaborate application of this feature.
You don't need to do anything differently when you see such formatting, so there's nothing to learn here. Just get used to the fact that folders in Windows are going to start having very individual personalities, thanks to Web formatting. And note that you can display a description of any icon by pointing to it.
When and where icons appear as links, you must not only change your clicking techniques but also change your techniques for selecting objects, highlighting one icon or a group of icons to perform some action, such as copying or moving files. In the old Windows, you single-clicked an icon to select it. But now, single-clicking opens stuff.
Selecting now works like this:
In case you didn't know, pointing to almost anything in Windows and then clicking the right mouse button (not the usual left) displays a pop-up menu of items for dealing with that item. Because you can't accidentally open something by right-clicking it, right-clicking is a convenient and reliable way to perform many activities under the Active Desktop. Try it.
Mmmmmmm, that sounds good right now. I am a little hungry. I believe I could go for a Quick Lunch.
Ohhhh...Quick Launch. That's different. I'll wait for supper.
The new buttons in the taskbar are the Quick Launch buttons, all of which do things you can do other ways but not as quickly. The function of each button is made pretty obvious by its appearance, but you can display the name of each button, too, simply by pointing to it and waiting a moment. Figure 2-3 shows the Quick Launch buttons, with the name of one displayed.
The buttons are:
When you opened My Computer in Lesson 2-2, you may have noticed that its toolbar has changed. Actually, the toolbar on every folder in Windows -- and on Windows Explorer -- has been changed by the Active Desktop so that the toolbar more or less matches the toolbars on the IE4 browser.
Three toolbars are actually in IE4 and in the folders on the Active Desktop (see Figure 2-4):
You control which of these three toolbars appear at any given time and the order they appear in, top to bottom.
Use the Toolbars menu (see Figure 2-5) to turn each toolbar on or off. To open this menu, choose View-->Toolbars. In the Toolbars menu, checkmarks appear next to the names of toolbars that are already on. Click the name of a toolbar to turn it on or off.
The three toolbars can be arranged in any order, and they can overlap one another.
At the left end of each toolbar, you see a small, vertical bar (see Figure 2-6). To move a toolbar to a new spot in the toolbar area, point to its vertical bar, click and hold, drag up or down to the new position, and release.
To overlap toolbars, you drop one toolbar on top of another. The overlapping toolbars share the same line in the toolbar area. When two toolbars share a line, one appears in full, and the other is mostly hidden, except for its name and its vertical bar. (The Standard Buttons toolbar doesn't show its name; instead, the Back button appears with the vertical bar.)
When two toolbars share a line, you can display one toolbar in full and hide the other in either of the following ways:
Practice arranging toolbars:
In Unit 3, you learn how to use the Address Bar in IE4 to go to a particular Web site. You type the site's address in the Address Bar, press Enter, and off you go. In a Windows folder, you use the Address Bar differently. There you use it like a drop-down directory list, like those used in Windows programs for picking files to edit.
When you click the down arrow at the right end of the Address Bar (or double-click inside the list box), a complete directory of your PC's contents appears (see Figure 2-7). From that list, you can click an entry to open a disk, folder, file, or program.
The buttons in the Standard Buttons toolbar change, depending on whether you're online in IE4 or in a Windows folder. In a folder, the buttons include only those that are useful there.
These buttons move you back and forth within the list of folders you've just opened or closed.
Suppose you open Folder A, then Folder B, and then Folder C. From the Standard Buttons toolbar in Folder C, you can click Back once to go back to Folder B. Clicking Back twice takes you all the way back to A. After you reach A, the Back button becomes unavailable because there's no "back" left to go to.
Forward undoes Back, moving you forward in the order of folders after you've used Back. After using Back to go all the way back to Folder A, clicking Forward once opens Folder B and clicking Forward twice opens Folder C. After you reach C again, the Forward button becomes unavailable because there's no "forward" left.
When the Back or Forward button is available, a tiny black arrow appears on the right side of the button. Click that arrow, and a list drops down (see Figure 2-8), showing all the folders to which you can go back (or forward). Click an item in the list to go straight to that folder.
There's nothing new about these buttons; they were always on the folder toolbar, even before the Active Desktop. They must have been useful there because Microsoft has paid them the ultimate compliment: carrying them over to the Active Desktop.
In case you've forgotten what these buttons do, here's a refresher. (If you never knew what these buttons did, you didn't need them, and you still don't. Nobody said you had to know everything about Windows.)
Use the Views button to switch among the folder views, just as you always could (and still can) from the folder's View menu. Views determine the way files and folders appear within the folder window (or Windows Explorer). The Views are as follows:
Well, in a few short pages you've adapted to the new ways Windows works in the IE4 age. You can confidently operate stuff that other users will be scratching their heads over for months. It's up to you to decide whether to ease their suffering by telling them how to get around.
While you're deciding whether to let your friends and coworkers sink or swim (Hint: friends swim, coworkers sink), get all of your important phone calls out of the way. You're going online in Unit 3.