To navigate the web, you need to provide a website address or you need to perform a search. These are essential actions in Edge, which works a little different from other web browsers. This video shows the process and identifies the differences.
- [Instructor] Let's get familiar with the web browsing application that comes with Windows 10. You may have see this a bit before, it's called Edge. So I'm going to use the icon in the task bar for Edge to launch the application. And there are really two important parts of the window that I want to talk about. The main part of the window, the largest area here, will show you the contents of whatever web page you're currently viewing. I don't have anything open yet and you might see a different default start page when you open Edge. The other part of the interface that we want to talk about is this thin toolbar across the top here.
Over on the far left side of this toolbar, we've got the back button, reload and home. On the far right side, there's some other options that we'll talk about, but in the middle is the address bar. It's just a text field that currently says, "Search of enter web address." When you're browsing the web, you'll either need to type in the address for a specific website that you want to visit or you'll use this field to perform a search. So let's start by typing in the address for a specific web page. I'll just click on this address field and I'll type in www.wikipedia.org.
This is a very standard format for a website. The www followed by some word and then it ends in .com or .org or .edu or something like that. Once I type in that address, I press enter. We see that this page loads and, of course, I can see the address for it up here at the top. Now if I want to go to a different page, I'll click on the address field again. You'll see it highlights all of the text that I currently have, which means I can immediately start typing and it will just delete whatever's currently there.
Now I'm going to type in another website address, but I want you to keep in mind, generally you don't have to type in that www part of a website address. So I could just type in explorecalifornia.org, which is the address for another website, press enter, and it loads that page. Now another option is if you don't have the address for a specific page or if you don't even know of a specific page, you can do a search. So I could click on the address field again and if I type in something that does not immediately match that format of a website address, it will assume that I'm doing a search.
So let's say I'm doing some research on Sherlock Holmes. I can just type in Sherlock Holmes. You'll see it tries to suggest some other common options, but I just want to search for Sherlock Holmes. I'll press the enter key and it uses Microsoft's search engine, which is called Bing, and it gives me a bunch of search results for different pages I might want to look at. Usually when you see blue text on a page like this, that's a link and you know it's a link if you point your mouse cursor at it and your mouse cursor turns into a hand with little finger.
If you see a purple link, that usually means it's a page you've clicked on in the past. So let's actually stick with this one. I'm going to click on this link and it loads another page and now we're browsing the web. Whenever you see a link that you're interested in, you can click on it and it will load that page. As you're browsing the web, if you want to go back to the previous page you can hit this back button, that's the arrow pointing to the left, and you take a step back. And if I want to go forward to the page I was on before I went back, I can hit the forward button.
Then there's the reload button. If you think that the content on a page may have changed since you initially loaded it, you can hit this reload button and it will refresh that page. Now as you're browsing the web, you may decide that you want to have multiple pages open at the same time and that's what tabs are for. I can open up a new tab by hitting this little plus button right here and now it's almost like I have a new browser window. And I want to type in the address for a website. Let's just use that one we were using a moment ago.
Now since I visited this page recently, it's trying to guess and suggest what I'm trying to type so I don't even need to finish typing this, I can just press enter and it loads that page. But now you can see I have two separate tabs and I can click back and forth on these tabs up here at the top to see the two pages that I've loaded. Now another way to get a tab is if you're looking at a page like this and you want to click on a link, but you don't want to leave this page, you want to open that link in a separate tab. Well you can right click on that link and you'll see this menu will pop up and you can choose open in new tab and now I have that link open in a separate tab.
So this page is still loaded, but that link is loaded over here in this other tab and I can jump between all three of these tabs. Now I can also change the order of tabs so I can grab this one, hold it down, and drag it left or right to change the order. If I want to close a tab, I can just hit the little x that I can see on a tab. Now if a tab is not active, you don't see that x until you point at it, but once I'm pointing at it I can hit that x and it closes that tab.
Now there's also a way to get a quick look at the tabs you have open without jumping between them and that is to hit this little down arrow right here. Now I can see a preview of all of the tabs that I currently have open and I can click on the one that I want and I can close this preview by hitting this up arrow. I can also grab a tab and pull it out to become a separate window. So if I grab this tab, pull it down a bit, then I'll move it over here to the right and let go, it becomes a completely separate window.
And, of course, I can close this when I'm done. So that's how you can browse around and work with multiple tabs. And so far these are the core features that you'll need to know just to browse the web in Edge. And if you've used other web browsers in the past, this should all look very familiar. I want to finish up by introducing this menu button over here on the far right side of the tool bar, it's this button with three little dots on it. If I click on that it opens up what look like a pretty standard menu. You could scroll through here and there are a bunch of commands that you may need to use in Edge.
But I do want to look specifically, just by scrolling down here, I want to look at the last option here, the option for settings. If you're looking to adjust settings in Edge, of course this is where you'll need to go. And I'm not going to go through all of these settings now, you can take the opportunity to browse through and see the options yourself. For now, I just wanted you to know how to get to settings. So from here you should be able to dive in and start browsing the web with Edge.
- Launching applications
- Interacting with windows, menus, and ribbons
- Multitasking to switch between multiple applications
- Switching to tablet mode
- Managing files and folders with the File Explorer
- Browsing the web with Edge
- Working with email, contacts, and calendars
- Using and installing apps
- Managing display and account settings
- Backing up Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 12/08/2017. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: understanding essential folder structure, including the user folder; using shortcuts to files and folders; and creating 3D objects in Paint 3D.