To navigate the web, you need to provide a website address or perform a search. These are essential actions in Edge, which work a little different from other web browsers. This video shows the process and identify the differences.
- Let's get familiar with Edge, the web browser that comes with Windows. A web browser is an application that you use to view websites on the internet. Assuming your computer is already connected to the internet, I'll use the icon I have pinned to the task bar to launch Edge and let's flip to the full screen mode. I'll hit this button to do that. So there are two main parts of the Edge window. The main part of the interface here, this largest area, will show you the contents of whatever webpage 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 you need to work with is this thin toolbar across the top. On the left side, you've got the back button and a reload button and a few other things. On the far right side, you've got a few other important controls. But for now, I want to focus on this field in the middle. This is the address field. When you're browsing the web, you will need to either type in the address for a website that you want to visit or perform a search in this field. So I'll start by typing in the address for a specific webpage. I'll click on the field and type in that address.
And this is a pretty standard format for a website address. Often, it will begin with www, then a period, then some word, and then it will end in .org or .com or something like that. Type in the address. Hit return on your keyboard and it will load that webpage. Now, generally, if a website address starts with www, you don't have to type that in. So if I wanted to go to amazon, I could just type in amazon.com and it will be just that simple. Or, if you don't know the address of the page you're looking for or you don't even have a specific page in mind, you can perform a search.
So I'll click on this field again and I'm just gonna type in Sherlock Holmes and press return. Now because that was not the address for a website, it was just a few words, it did a search on the internet. And it gave me back some search results from Bing, which is Microsoft's internet search engine. So from here, I can click on links. Usually, when you see blue texts, that means it's a link. It's something you can click on. But to be more accurate, if you point at anything, whether it's text or a picture, and you see your mouse cursor changed to this finger, instead of the arrow button, you see this finger icon, then you know that's a link that you can click on.
So let me click on this link here which takes me to another page. And now we're browsing the web. Anytime you see a link you wanna click on, you can just click on it and it loads that next page. You can go to the back button up on the top left corner. Click on that to go back to the previous page you were on. There's also a reload button here, this circular arrow. If you think that any content may have changed on the page that you're looking at since you initially loaded it, you can hit the reload button and it will refresh that page.
As you're browsing the web, you might decide that you want multiple pages open at the same time. And that's what tabs are for. I want to open a new tab and I can do that by hitting this plus button right here. And you see it opens up a separate tab. And from here I could navigate to another page. I'll just put in a website address. Now, because I'm typing in the address for a page that I've visited recently, it finds it in my history, and it guesses that this is what I'm trying to type so it guess correctly so I don't need to type in the whole thing, I can just hit return on my keyboard and it loads that page.
But now I have two separate tabs and I can click back and forth between them and I've got separate webpages open within one window. Here's another way to open tabs. I'm gonna go back to this page. And I see a link that I want to click on, but I'm not finish looking at the content of this page. So instead of just clicking on a link, I could right-click on a link, choose Open in New Tab, and now I have a third tab. And once again, I can jump back and forth between these tabs. Now if I hit this little button that looks like a down-arrow, I can get a preview of all the tabs that I have open and I can go straight to the one that I want.
And once I'm on the tab that I want, I click this arrow again to close that. I can change the order of the tabs. So if I grab one, I can drag it left and right to change the order. If I want to close the tab, I can just hit the x and it will close it. I can also grab a tab, drag it down and let go, and it breaks it out into a separate window, which, of course, I could close when I'm finished. So now I'm back to one window with one single tab. So far these are the core features that you'll need to know as you browse the web in Edge.
And if you've used other web browsers, a lot of these will look very familiar. I just wanna finish by introducing the menu button in the top right, this button with three little dots on it. Click on that and it opens up the main menu on this application where you've got a lot of controls that you can use for other things in Edge. The one that I do want to point out now is the option for Settings. I'll click on that. If you're looking to adjust settings in Edge, this is where you'll go. And I want you to see that they are organized by four different categories that you can jump through over here in this panel on the left.
So from here, you should be able to dive in and start browsing the web with Edge.
- Interacting with windows and menus
- Multitasking to switch between multiple applications
- Using Cortana, the digital assistant
- Working with email, contacts, and calendars
- Switching to tablet mode
- Managing files and folders with the File Explorer
- Using and installing apps
- Managing display and account settings
- Sharing data between devices
- Backing up Windows 10
- Protecting your computer from viruses
- Troubleshooting Windows 10
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/24/2018. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: signing in, shutting down, sleeping, and restarting your computer; using shortcuts to files and folders; and linking a phone to Windows.