How Do I Use an Internet Browser?

What is an Internet Browser?

Each time you want to access the internet, you will start with an Internet Browser. It is a software that allows you to find and visit various websites. Common Internet Browsers include Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox.

What is a URL?

A URL is a specific web address that tells your browser where to go. To visit a webpage, type the URL into the browser and press Enter. A typical website in the United States starts with ‘www.’and ends with ‘.com’ ‘.net’ or ‘.org’. For example, www.hughesnet.com.

Tabs

Internet Browsers allow you to have various links or webpages open at the same time within the same window. To create a new tab, click the button to the right of the open tabs. To close a single tab, click the X. To open a link in a new tab, right-click and select the “Open link in new tab” option. 

To create a new a new tab in Google Chrome on your mobile device, at the top right, tap "More" and then "New Tab"

To create a new tab in Safari on your mobile device, at the bottom right, tap the overlapping square symbol, and then tap the plus symbol at the bottom of your screen.

Downloading Files

Some links lead to files, rather than other websites. If a file does not automatically download when you click it, it may open within your browser. To save the file, right-click the link and select the “Save as…” or “Save link as…” button.

To download a file in Google Chrome on your mobile device, touch and hold what you want to download, then tap "Download link"

To download a file in Safari on your mobile device, tap the file you want to download and you will see a popup with the filename asking if you want to download the file. Tap on the "Download" button.

Images

To save images from a website to your computer, right-click the image and select, “Save image as…” or “Save as…”.

To save images on your mobile device, touch and hold the image.

In Google Chrome, select "Save Image" in the menu that appears.

In Safari, select "Add to Photos" in the menu that appears.