A link is a connection to another web page.  When you click on a link, your browser brings you the connected web page.  You've already used links; each arrow that you've clicked on in this lesson was a link to the next page.

Links can take many forms.  Most links are text (letters and numbers).  Linked text is usually--but not always--underlined and a different color (often blue).  Linked text will often change color after you've used it, to help you remember which web pages you've already visited.

Graphics (pictures) can also be links.  Some linked graphics are outlined to show that they are links.  Other linked graphics change when you move your pointer over them to show that they're links.

The only sure way to find out whether text or graphics are linked is to move your pointerover them.  If your pointer changes from an arrow into a hand, it's a link.

Move your pointer over the links below, then click on one to continue.

This is a linked graphic with an outline.
This is linked text.
This is a linked graphic with an outline.
Here, only the word "text" is linked.
This is a linked graphic that changes.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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 - 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.
  • 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.