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Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browsing software has taken the online world by storm. With Dummies 101: Internet Explorer 4 For Windows, you can quickly master all the basics of using Explorer -- while learning a great deal about the Internet and the World Wide Web in the process.

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

  • Find the needle you're looking for in the Internet haystack
  • Download software, images, sounds, and text
  • Customize your browser and access Internet Explorer 4 Channels for automatic content delivery
  • Create your own Web pages by using FrontPage Express
  • Use the Internet as a telephone to make calls anywhere in the world
  • Join live chats to meet new people, share ideas, and participate in special online events
  • Protect your children from inappropriate material by using the Internet Explorer Content Advisor feature

Plus, on the Dummies 101: Companion CD, you'll find valuable software, including

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 Web browsing software, with built-in e-mail and newsgroup capabilities
  • FrontPage Express, for creating and publishing your own Web pages
  • Internet access software from MindSpring
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764501197
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Series: Dummies 101 Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 10.01 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents


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

Part I: Browsing -- From Your Desktop to the Web

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
Opening IE4
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
Arranging toolbars
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
Arranging toolbars
Lesson 3-4: Using Links to Jump Around
Identifying a link
Clicking links
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?
Browsing aimfully
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

Part II: Managing Your Internet Interaction

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

Part III: Interacting with Others

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
Reading messages
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
Changing expressions
Making gestures
Switching rooms
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

Part IV: Writing and Publishing a Web Page

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
Saving files
Opening files
Lesson 12-3: Entering and Formatting Text
Selecting text
Entering normal paragraphs
Creating headings
Formatting lists
Lesson 12-4: Adding Pictures, Background, and Links
Inserting a picture
Adding a background
Adding links
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

Part V: Appendix

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


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Unit 2
Browsing Around the New Windows

Objectives for This Unit

  • Eliminating the default Active Desktop wallpaper
  • Getting around in Windows, as modified by the Active Desktop

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).

Lesson 2-1: Removing that Funky Wallpaper

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:

  1. On the desktop, find the line "Tell me about Active Desktop" in the lower-right corner.
  2. Click that line just once.

    In a window, a brief description of the Active Desktop opens.

  3. Find the phrase "Click here to restore your original wallpaper" near the bottom of the description window.
  4. Click that line just once.

Lesson 2-2: Learning to Click Again

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:

  • Their labels are underlined, just the way text links on the Web are underlined.
  • When you point to them, the Windows pointer turns into a pointing finger, which always indicates a link.
  • Depending on your configuration, you may see the underlining at all times or only when you point to the icon.

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.

Opening a file or folder

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:

  • Single-click a program icon, the program starts.
  • Single-click a folder, the folder opens.
  • Single-click a data file (such as a document), the program that displays or edits that file opens.

Practice single-clicking on your Active Desktop:

  1. Point to My Computer.

    The pointer changes to a pointing finger, and My Computer is highlighted.

  2. Click the mouse button once.

    My Computer opens.

  3. In My Computer, point to the icon for your hard disk (probably C:).

    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.

  4. Click once.

    Icons appear for all of the folders on your hard disk.

  5. Point to any folder, and click.

    The contents of the folder appear.

  6. Point to the X in the upper-right corner of the window, and click to close it.
  7. Open Windows Explorer (choose Programs-->Windows Explorer).

    Observe that all of the folders and files in Windows Explorer appear as links, which you may open by single-clicking.

Q&A session

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.

Selecting files and folders

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:

  • To select an icon where icons appear as links, point to the icon and wait a second. After a moment, the icon is highlighted.
  • To select multiple icons, point to one icon to select it; then press and hold Ctrl as you point to each icon that you want to select (see Figure 2-2). When all the icons you want are selected, release Ctrl.

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.

Lesson 2-3: Using the Quick Launch Buttons

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:

  • Launch Internet Explorer Browser: Opens IE4 (see Units 1 and 3).
  • Launch Mail: Opens Outlook Express for using e-mail or newsgroups (see Unit 9).
  • Show Desktop: Minimizes all open programs and folders to your taskbar so that you can see and use icons on your desktop.
  • View Channels: Opens the list of channels (see Unit 7).

Lesson 2-4: Using the New Folder Toolbars

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):

  • Standard Buttons toolbar: Has the buttons you use for moving among folders on your PC or among pages on the Web.
  • Address Bar: Is a text box in which you type or choose a path and filename to jump directly to a file, folder, or Web page.
  • Links toolbar: Has a group of buttons (called Quick Links) that takes you quickly to certain Web destinations. (You learn about using and creating Quick Links in Unit 3.)

You control which of these three toolbars appear at any given time and the order they appear in, top to bottom.

Turning toolbars on and off

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.

Arranging toolbars

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:

  • Double-click the vertical bar on either toolbar.
  • Drag the vertical bar on the hidden toolbar over the other toolbar.

Practice arranging toolbars:

  1. Open a folder, such as My Computer.
  2. Choose View-->Toolbars.
  3. Observe which toolbars are checked, and check any that aren't checked so that all three toolbars appear in the folder (even if two share a line).
  4. Point to the vertical bar in any toolbar.
  5. Click and hold, drag the toolbar to a new position, and release.

Using the Address Bar

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.

Using the Standard Buttons toolbar

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.

Back and Forward

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.

Up, Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo, and Delete

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.)

  • Up moves you up one level in the directory hierarchy, the list you can display from the Address Bar.
  • Cut, Copy, and Paste are used to copy or move selected files and folders.
  • Undo undoes the last thing you did.
  • Delete sends all selected files or folders to the Recycle Bin.


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:

  • Large icons: Files and folders appear in rows of large icons.
  • Small icons: Files and folders appear in rows of small icons.
  • List: Files and folders appear in a list, with small icons.
  • Details (see Figure 2-9): Files and folders appear in a list that includes detailed file information, such as file size and date modified.


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.

Unit 2 Quiz

  1. You can tell that an icon in Windows is a link when you point to it and:
    1. The pointer turns into a pointing finger.
    2. The icon's label is underlined.
    3. Pointing to the icon highlights it.
    4. All of the above.
  2. When an icon is a link, you can:
    1. Drag it to draw with it.
    2. Single-click it to open it.
    3. Ignore it.
    4. Admire it.
  3. The Active Desktop makes all actions -- even those inside all applications -- single-click actions.
    1. True
    2. False
  4. To move a folder toolbar:
    1. Choose it from the Tools menu.
    2. Select it, and then click the Move Toolbar button.
    3. Drag its vertical bar.
    4. All of the above.
  5. You've just opened folders Sally, Jesse, and Raphael, in that order, and you're still viewing Raphael. After which of the following action(s) will you be in the Jesse folder?
    1. Clicking Back once.
    2. Clicking Back twice (to return to Sally), and then clicking Forward once.
    3. Clicking the down arrow on the Back button and choosing Jesse from the list that appears.
    4. All of the above.

Unit 2 Exercise

  1. Open Windows Explorer (choose Programs-->Windows Explorer).
  2. One at a time, point to icons, and wait to see that they're selected. Practice selecting in this way.
  3. Select one icon.
  4. Press and hold Ctrl, and then select several more icons. Observe that all your selections remain highlighted.
  5. Release Ctrl.
  6. Click an empty spot in the Windows Explorer window. Observe that your selections are deselected.
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