Pretend that the sample text box below is your location toolbar and practice using an URL.

First, erase the URL that is already in the text box.  To do this, put your pointerover the blank right end of the text box (the pointer will change from an arrow into a big capital "I") and click.  A little blinking line, which is called an insertion point or a cursor, will appear at the end of the URL in the box.  Next, hold down the "Backspace" key on your keyboard until the URL is completely erased and the insertion point is at the beginning of the text box.

Now type the URL below into the text box.  Be sure to type it exactly as it appears.  Then hit the "Enter" key on your keyboard and see what happens.

  • If the insertion point disappears, just click on the text box again and it will reappear.
  • The URL might become highlighted when you click on it.  Or it might not.  Either way is normal.
  • If the URL doesn't erase completely, hold down the "Delete" key on your keyboard until the URL is completely gone.
  • If you make a mistake typing the new URL, just use the "Backspace" key to erase your mistake. 


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.
  • highlighted text- Text with a different background color. This sentence is highlighted.
  • Google Chrome - A browser.
  • insertion point - A little blinking line that shows you where the next letter you type will appear.
  • Internet Explorer - A browser.
  • location toolbar - The browser toolbar that contains a text box.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.