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HowTo: Find your way back to valued locations on the Web


Cyberspace is a really big place. The more we browse the web, the more web addresses (known technically as URL's for Uniform Resource Locators) we want to remember. The task quickly becomes overwhelming. As a result, a variety of methods have been developed to help us find our way back to pages that we have read in the past. A few of them are listed below. The steps in each method vary slightly between different brands of web browsing software, but are substantially similar in all of them. The options listed below describe the steps to be taken while using Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Beware that some information on the Internet cannot be directly recalled even if you know the address it came from. Some pages, such as those containing weather maps and stock quotes, are constructed dynamically each time you request them. So new fresh results will be produced each time the content is retrieved. The results of searches usually work this way. Another issue effecting the ability to directly recall a valued page is the structure of the web site on which it resides. Some sites (especially those that require a password to access them) do not allow browsers direct access to any page on the site other than the home (starting) page. Users must navigate their way to other desired pages through use of the links on the home page. With these sites, you may find that you can only return directly to the home page, but not pages beneath it. Another issue that effects your ability to return depends on whether the site you are viewing employs web page "frames", which are separate viewing panels that can be scrolled and manipulated independently. Commands executed from the main program menus at the top of the program window effect only the top/leftmost frame. To effect content within other frames, you must position your mouse pointer within the desired frame and produce a context-sensitive menu by right-clicking. Then select the action you want to perform.

Ways Back to Web pages

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