Internet Search and Navigation


Web Search Engines

In a search engine you can type the text you're looking for. The search robot will look up your query in a large database of webpages and present you a clickable list of links. Nearly all search engines can be set to search for images too; look for a button to display only graphics. To refine your search query, you can use some search-parameters (see below for more).

StartPages, Web-Directories or Web-Indexes

These pages will bring you a sorted list of links. You don't need to type in what you're looking for, but you choose out of a listing.

Portal Sites

A starting point - a "portal" to the internet. These pages often contain lots of information on many different topics. Often you'll find news pages, weather, lifestyle, computing info,... Mostly they have also an own search engine or links to other search engines.

Search Tips : using Web Search Engines

Using some parameters in the search command will make your search much effective. Most Search Engines have their own set of useful parameters, and their own, sometimes more sophisticated search methods, but most of them understand some common used characters such as [+]; [-]; ["].
Remark : although your search query was formulated well, it's still possible to some unwanted hits; don't let this disturb you, it's not your fault... and you can't do much about it. As in everything with computers, people can mess (create a "hack", or in this case misuse the system), and they do for their own benefit... It's just part of the world we live in...
Example 1:
searching for a hotel in Roma, preferably in the center of the city


+Roma +hotel +history -politics city center


no space between the + or - sign and the words
a space after each word
the system makes no difference between uppercase or lowercase


as the [+] and [-] sings are to be considered as a 'must' or 'must not' (or a 'conditio sine qua non'), this search command will give back links to websites containing the words Roma AND hotel AND History but WITHOUT the word Politics

if the system finds a website containing also the words city and/or center, that site will be top-ranked in the results-list, but those words are not considered as essential to the query
Example 2:
searching for the song text of Imagine by John Lennon, where you known the exact spelling of the words; besides the song text, sites containing also the music are preferred
+"John Lennon" +"Imagine" +lyrics music chords
the search string between " " is an exact text-string to look for (and may contain spaces)
will give back sites containing the complete and exact name of 'John lennon' and 'Imagine', and the lyrics of the song; sites containing also the music will appear at the top of the results-list

Web Navigation tips

make browsing your way through the internet a lot easier and faster...

many times you'll want to have a quick look at another internet-page, without closing the page you're actually reading (e.g. when searching information with a search engine), then - instead of using the "back"-button of your browser all the time - click the links with your right mouse button and then choose to open the link in a new window (left-click); each new page will then open in a new window (you can also hold the [shift]-key while (left)clicking)
this way you can open multiple pages, clicking the different links you want to look at; then you select the pages from below in the windows taskbar, read what you want and close the page to view the next one
but there's a better way to do it, if your browser has tabbed viewing:
in Firefox, Internet Explorer (from version 7.x) and other browsers you can open web pages in a new tab, making browsing a lot easier; just use the same right mouse click and select new tab or hold the [control]-key while (left)clicking a link; the page will open in the same browser window, but in a new tab
now you can view and close the new page(s) separately, or select between pages with the tab-buttons on top of your browser
this method is also very effective to close unwanted screens which you opened by mistake (such as publicity banners): 'cause you opened them in a new window, you can close them without leaving the page you were viewing before

Saving stuff from the web

Graphics (photos, animations, images...)

to save an image from the internet onto your hard-disk, just move the cursor over the image and click the right mouse button, then choose "save image as" to save it (remember to select the location where you want to save the image ;-)

Text items

to save some text, select the text you want, then right-click on the selected text and in the context-menu choose to "copy"; then open a word-processing program, place the cursor where you want the text and paste it (again by right-clicking and choosing "paste")
remark: it may be very handy to use NotePad: doing so will remove all embedded website layout, giving you a "clean" copy of the text.


Software, music, movies, archives and most other files


to save software (program setup-files (exe, msi,...)), audio-tracks (mp3,...), movies (avi, wmv, mpg,...), archives (zip-, rar,...), right-click on the download link and select to "save as"; afterwards, go to the downloaded file and double-click it to install or unpack the file, or to play the media



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