you look at the right edge of your computer screen, you will see a scroll
bar. At the top and bottom of the scroll bar are little buttons
with tiny triangle-shaped arrows on them. In between the buttons
is a long, narrow box called the slider.
shows a scroll bar when a web page is too large to fit on the computer
screen all at once. A scroll bar lets you move a web page
up and down so you can read the whole page. Moving a web page up
and down is called scrolling.
a long paper scroll in your hands; you can only read the part that's unrolled.
If you want to read past that, you have to unroll from the bottom and roll
up at the top to reveal a new portion of the scroll. Scrolling a
long web page is similar; because you can only see part of the page on
your screen, you have to move the page in order to keep reading.
Put your pointer
over the button at the bottom of the scroll bar and click several
times. See how the page moves? It is scrolling down.
Now click on the top button several times. The web page will scroll
up. Notice that the slider also moves up and down as you scroll.
There are lots
of different ways to scroll. You can:
Try each of these
ways of scrolling, then click on the arrow below to continue.
Click on the little
up and down arrows at the top and bottom of the scroll bar, like you've
Click on the scroll
bar above or below the slider.
Put your pointer
over the slider, then hold down the left mouse button while moving the
pointer up and down. (This is called dragging the slider.)
Use the four arrow
keys on your keyboard.
Use the "Page Up"
and "Page Down" keys, which are just above the arrow keys on your keyboard.
If your mouse has
a little "wheel" in between the two mouse buttons, you can scroll by gently
turning the wheel.
Glossary of terms
used so far:
browser - A computer program that helps people
use the Internet.
click - To quickly press and release the left
drag - To move an onscreen object by putting
the pointer over it, holding the mouse button down, and moving the pointer.
Google Chrome - A browser.
Internet Explorer - A browser.
Mozilla Firefox - A browser. Firefox
is an updated version of Netscape Navigator.
pointer - The little arrow that moves around
the computer screen when the mouse is moved.
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.
slider - Part of a scroll bar; the box that
moves up and down as a web page is scrolled.
web page - A computer file that looks like
a printed page when viewed with a browser.
web site - A group of related web pages.