In this section of Lorelle’s WordPress School free online course we are exploring the web browser, our gateway to the web, and how it impacts our use of WordPress.
In this tutorial you are going to learn some very basic features and functions of the web browser:
While this may seem academic for most of you, I’m always surprised at how few students and clients of mine know how to find the address of a website to copy or change, don’t know how to right click or even that this is an option on a mouse, nor how to use the most simple of keyboard shortcuts that are universal across almost all software, online and off.
There is no shame in not knowing, and now it is time to learn as these are browser features and functions you will use every day with WordPress.
Here are a few terms and web browser features I will be referring to during these tutorials.
- Screen: While WordPress refers to each of the Administration area interface as Screens, when I refer to a screen in these tutorials I mean the screen of your computer.
- Window: Software works in windows, even if you are not using Microsoft Windows. They are the interface windows for each program. If you have Microsoft Word open, it would be open in a window. If you have Firefox open, it would be open in its own window. You may have multiple programs open at the same time, each one in a window, and some programs will allow you to open it multiple times, each one in a separate window. Think of windows as sheets of paper on your desk. The page you are reading is on top, but the others are sitting there waiting for you to read. Just switch to the page to bring it to the front to work on that page, and the others will slip behind. There is no need to file each page away every time you switch to another, then dig it out when you need it a minute later. That wouldn’t be useful nor efficient. Leave the windows open you need. Your computer can take it. It’s designed to do so. It hurts nothing and makes your computer experience faster and more enjoyable.
- Browser Tabs: A browser tab is a “window” within a web browser that allows you to have multiple web pages open within a single window of the application. They are typically featured at the top under the address bar.
- Address Bar: The area at the top of the browser window with the address of the web page you are viewing.
- Browser Menu: The browser menu is the access area to change the browser’s settings and use features and functions of the program. Many web browsers are minimizing the control areas of their screens, removing the standardized File, Edit, View, Help, etc., menu options from the top of the window to a three bar drop down menu. Click it to access the menu options.