Some registration forms include more than just text boxes.  They may contain lists of options that you can choose from by using check boxes, radio buttons, or menus.

Check boxes are square.  You may select as many check boxes from a list as you like.  When you click on a check box, a check mark appears to show that you have selected that item.  To uncheck a check box, just click on it again and the check mark will disappear.  Try the check boxes below to see how they work:

Radio buttons are round.  You may only select one radio button from a list.  When you click on a radio button, a dot appears to show that you have selected that item.  To uncheck a radio button, you must click on another button.  Try the radio buttons below to see how they work.
Rich Man
Poor Man
Beggar Man
There are two different kinds of menus.  In a selection list, the list appears in a small box.  The box may or may not have its own scroll bar.  When you find the item you want, just click on it.  It will become highlighted to show that it has been selected. 
With a drop-down menu, you will see a text box with a small down arrow next to it.  If you click on the arrow, the list will appear.  Find the item you want and click on it.  The list will disappear and the item you clicked on will appear in the text box to show that it has been selected.
When you reach the end of a form, you will usually see a button that you must click on to continue.  When you click on the button, the site will check the information that you just filled out and tell you if you've filled anything out incorrectly. If you have, you must correct it, then click the button again.


Glossary of terms used so far:
  • browser - A computer program that helps people use the Internet.
  • check box - A small box that allows you to select multiple items from a list.
  • click - To quickly press and release the left mouse button.
  • dialog box - A small box that pops up on screen to give you information.  You must respond to a dialog box by clicking on a button.
  • drag - To move an onscreen object by putting the pointer over it, holding the mouse button down, and moving the pointer.
  • drop-down menu - A type of menu in which you must click on a small down arrow to display your options.
  • e-mail - Messages sent between computers via the Internet.  "E-mail" is short for "electronic mail."
  • Google - A popular search engine.  Its URL is
  • Google Chrome - A browser.
  • graphics - Pictures.
  • HTTP - Hypertext Transfer Protocol; the way computers communicate on the World Wide Web.
  • highlighted text - Text with a different background color. This sentence is highlighted.
  • insertion point - A little blinking line that shows you where the next letter you type will appear. 
  • Internet Explorer - A browser.
  • link - A connection to another web page.  Sometimes called a "hyperlink."
  • location toolbar - The browser toolbar that contains a text box.
  • menu - A list of options.
  • navigation toolbar - The browser toolbar that contains the "Back" and "Forward" buttons.
  • Mozilla Firefox - A browser.  Firefox is an updated version of Netscape Navigator.
  • password - A secret word that lets you access your private information.
  • pointer - The little arrow that moves around the computer screen when the mouse is moved.
  • radio buttons- Small circles that allow you to choose only one item from a list.
  • Safari - A browser.
  • scroll - To move a web page up and down on the computer screen.
  • scroll bar- A bar that appears at the edge of the computer screen when a web page is too large to fit on the screen.
  • search engine - A web site that searches for other web sites.
  • selection list - A type of menu.
  • slider- Part of a scroll bar; the box that moves up and down as a web page is scrolled. 
  • terms of use - A description of the behavior you should exhibit when using a web site.
  • text - Letters and numbers.
  • text box - A white box that you can type things into.
  • toolbar - A group of tools to help you use the Internet.  Toolbars are part of a browser.
  • URL - The address of a web page.  Pronounced "earl," URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator.
  • user name - The name by which a web site recognizes you.
  • web page - A computer file that looks like a printed page when viewed with a browser.
  • web site - A group of related web pages.
  • World Wide Web - The part of the Internet that can be viewed with a browser.
  • Yahoo! - A popular search engine.  Its URL is