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Example of written basic instructions--IT-Internet




 a) how to use a mouse on a computer, b) what the cursor is and c) how to place the cursor on the screen of the computer. 

Helps to know about a text box, however, this is explained in the directions.



1.      Use the mouse to move the cursor* (the arrow on your screen that is controlled by the mouse and moves around the screen as you move the computer mouse) to the text box at the top of the page. 

A text box generally will be a long, horizontal, slim box to the right of the word "Address".

This long, slim text box should have a URL address of http://www.whatever-page-you-are-on already written out in it.  This  generally appears automatically when you access a site on the Internet (a website or web page).  For example, while reading this page, you should see       in the text box.

a.      Look for the "http" or "www" prefix in order to identify the box properly.

b.       OR if the box is blank—look for the long, slim oblong white area at the top of the page. 

2.      If the box contains a URL address, place the cursor arrow at the end of the address and left-click the mouse.  This should turn the url address that is in the text box blue.  Then hit the “backspace” button in order to erase the address that is already in the box.

a.      If the box is blank, move the arrow cursor to the left edge of the box with the mouse, and left click the mouse.  There should be a blinking vertical line on the left side of the text box.

3.      Move the cursor arrow over to the left end of the address/text box and click on the left side of the mouse.  This should bring up a blinking vertical line in the text box, and turn the cursor arrow into a solid line that you can move around with the mouse, as you did the arrow.

Then, you may have to make one additional left click on the mouse.

Position the vertical line with the mouse at the left end of the text box and simply key in (type in) the URL--the address of the website you want to access.

Then, hit the enter button on your keyboard; OR move the cursor over to the "GO" button at the right end of the text box and double right click on that button with your mouse.


NOTE:  Most of the time, you will NOT have to key in the http://  prefix--just start with the www prefix.

The computer should automatically include the http://

HOWEVER, if using just the www (followed by the website name/URL) is not successful, try one of the following:

   A:  add the http:// before the www address OR

   B:  do NOT use the www—just use the http:// before the address OR

   C: try not using either the http:// or the www prefixes before the URL address

   D:  If all else fails, try a fairly reliable website URL to test your computer, browser and inputting.  Examples of those that “make it their business” to be up and running constantly are;; or the home page for your browser or ISP--and any other website that is time-sensitive and time-dependent on the Internet.  These will just provide you with a basic “baseline” check to make certain that you are inputting the URL properly, and that your computer and browser are working properly.

    If these are working properly, there may be a problem with the website you are trying to access.  You generally should receive an error msg on a seperate page if this is the case.


If you continue to have problems, call your Internet Service Provider Help service or ask a person knowledgeable to watch you input to verify that you are doing so correctly.



*the mouse will generally have a left side button and a right side button to control the cursor.  Use the left side button for this procedure.




This completes basic instructions for accessing a URL.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

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