If you look at the top of your computer screen, you will see your browser's toolbars.  Your browser may have several toolbars or only one, but all browsers have some combination of a navigation toolbar and a location toolbar.

The navigation toolbar is mostly made up of buttons.  Different browsers have different navigation buttons but they all have the two most important buttons, the Back and Forward buttons:

Back buttons:
Forward buttons:

Clicking on the Back button takes you back to web pages that you've already looked at.  Clicking on the Forward button brings you forward again.  Think of it as though you're reading a book:  Clicking the Back button is like flipping back to find a page you've already read; clicking the Forward button is like flipping forward to the page where you left off. 

Look at the toolbars at the top of your computer screen and find your Back and Forward buttons.  Click on each button once or twice and see what happens.

When you get back to this page, click on the arrow below to continue with the lesson.


Glossary of terms used so far:
  • browser - A computer program that helps people use the Internet.
  • click - To quickly press and release the left mouse button.
  • 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.
  • location toolbar - The browser toolbar that contains a text box for locating web pages.
  • navigation toolbar - The browser toolbar that contains the "Back" and "Forward" buttons.
  • 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.
  • toolbar - A group of tools to help you use the Internet.  Toolbars are part of a browser.
  • web page - A computer file that looks like a printed page when viewed with a browser.
  • web site - A group of related web pages.