Browser Basics:

Title: Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101
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The Toolbar is a collection of buttons for frequently used commands.

Browser window with Toolbar labeled 

IE4 If the text labels are showing in IE4, some of the buttons will be hidden at any window size less than 800 x 600. There is no indicator that there are more buttons off to the right.

Drop list of hidden buttons  In IE5/6 the buttons are somewhat smaller, so the whole toolbar will fit across a 640 x 480 window. When the window is smaller than 640 pixels across, there is a double arrow button Links bar arrow (or chevron) at the right edge of the toolbar that opens a drop list of the hidden buttons.

Where you are:
JegsWorks > Lessons > Web

Before you start...

Project 1: Browser Basics    ConnectingTo subtopics
    IE Interface Arrow - Subtopic open
    icon-footprintAddress & Links
       Status bar
    NavigatingTo subtopics
    PrintingTo subtopics
    SavingTo subtopics
    SearchingTo subtopics
    ExercisesTo subtopics

Project 2: HTML BasicsTo subtopics


Toolbar Sections


Toolbar: IE6

The default toolbar is divided into three sections by a separator.  Each section is shown separately below. 

Left click Click on each button below. An explanation of what it does will appear in a separate window. You will work with most of these buttons later in the Step-by-Step activities.


Left click View all of the descriptions on one page in a new window.



        Navigation buttons

Icon: IE6Toolbar: Navigation buttons (IE6)

Navigation-  Handles moving between pages and the loading of a page.


        List buttons
Icon: IE6Toolbar: middle buttons - IE6

Lists- Each button opens a list of links in a pane on the left of the browser. Clicking the button again toggles the pane off.

IE4's Channels function is no longer supported.

The Media button is new to IE6.

        Right side of Toolbar Discuss button Messenger button
Icon: IE6Toolbar: left buttons - IE6

Other -  Handles assorted other tasks. These buttons don't show in a small window, but the actions are also available from the menu.

The Discuss and Messenger/AIM buttons are examples of buttons that appear only if certain software is installed.

The Full Screen button is an example of a button that you can add to the toolbar in the Customize dialog. It was on the default toolbar in earlier versions.

The Channels and Full Screen buttons are no longer on the default Toolbar in IE but were in IE4.

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Step-by-Step: Customize Toolbars

 Icon Step-by-Step

What you will learn:

to display/hide toolbars and Status Bar
to display/hide text labels

Start with: IE open (Internet Explorer open)

Display/Hide Bars

  1. Toolbar popup menu in IE5Open  the  View  menu and its submenu  Toolbars . The various bars that can display in the browser are controlled by the first two menu items:  Toolbars  and  Status Bar . Toolbars opens a submenu to show your choices.

    A check mark Checkmark  means that the bar is visible.
    Clicking on a name toggles that bar on or off and then closes the menu. The next time you open the menu you can see the change in the check mark beside the name you clicked.

    Your list may be somewhat different. Some programs that work with a browser add their own toolbars to the list. For example, Windows Media Player adds the Radio bar so you can listen to radio stations while browsing.

  2. Hide the Status Bar and all the visible toolbars (the ones with a check mark) by clicking the names in the menu. [Since the menu closes each time you click, you may have to open the menu several times.]

    Your browser has much more room for the web page without all the bars! But, you will need most of them as you work through the lessons.

  3. Display, using the menu, the Toolbar with Standard Buttons, the Address Bar, the Links bar, and the Status Bar. [The menu will close each time you click so you will have to do this 4 times.]

Add/Remove Text Labels

You can turn off the labels, once you are familiar with the buttons, but for now let's work with them turned on. If your labels are not on...

In IE4 IE4

  1. Right click on the Toolbar itself.
  2. Display the labels by clicking on  Text Labels  from the popup menu. (Assuming that they weren't already on, of course!)

In IE5 Icon: IE6IE5 & IE6:

  1. Popup menu toolbarsRight click on the Toolbar itself. A popup menu of toolbars appears.
  2. Choose  Customize . A dialog appears which gives you more choices than are available in IE. You can actually add and remove buttons.

    Dialog- Customize Toolbar

  3. Click on the arrow at the end of the two text boxes to see what the choices are.
  4. Click the Reset button to return the toolbar to the default settings.
  5. Click on the Close button to apply your changes.
Back-Forward buttons Stop button Refresh button Home button Search button Favorites button History button Channels button Fullscreen button Mail button Print button Edit button Back-Forward buttons Stop button Refresh button Home button Search button Favorites button Media button History button Fullscreen button Mail button Print button Edit button Discuss button