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4. Web Basics: Navigating the Web

When navigating the Web, there are two ways to get to a page via a web browser:

Manual navigation

Type in a URL: You can type a URL manually into the space where you see an existing address – you will need to delete that one first (see the previous page for this location). Example: Type in library.osu.edu.  You do not need to type in the http:// portion. 

Use the browser's address slot.

  1. Delete the URL that is currently showing.
  2. Type the new URL in the blank space.
  3. Your browser may recommend a URL, based on places you have recently visited.
  4. Press the ENTER (or RETURN) key on your keyboard.


url bar


Clicking on a hyperlink on a web page (this can include results from a search tool) or in an email.  This link can take several forms (one of these should be a way you got to this tutorial):





A hyperlink may be a word, a string of words, or a linked URL.  It is often, but not always, underlined and blue. 


An image may be a link as well.  Examples include buttons, photographs of people/places, logos of businesses/organizations, etc. 


Image Map

You may find one image with multiple links on it.  This is often done with maps of places. 

Revisit this tutorial’s first page.  The image below Why bother? is an image map that links to the sections of the tutorial.


Is it a link?

Since links do not always display underlining or borders, you must look for other clues.
As you pass your mouse's pointer over a hyperlink:

  1. The pointer changes to a new shape, usually from an arrow to a pointing finger.

illustration of mouse pointer and status message field

  1. The URL displays in the status bar at the bottom of most browsers' window.



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