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The fact that you're here, obviously means that you
already know plenty about
how to get around a web site!
My intention with this page, is simply to share with you, a few
of the things that I personally have found very helpful to know about.


Screen resolution

Many web sites now, and more so each day, are designed to be best
viewed by you having your monitor set to a screen resolution of
800 X 600, or 1024 X 768 (the best one!)
(That's pixels per inch)
The percentage of viewers using 640 X 480, is now very low, although
those who do use this resolution, usually do so for very good reason.
Here's how to change it if you'd like to experiment... you can always
change it back, or try another setting...

PC users'...go to the 'Start Menu'.... choose 'Settings'...click on 'Control Panel'...
double click on the 'Display' icon. When the box comes up, click the 'Settings'
tab and adjust the 'screen area' slider.............'.from less to more
'... to choose
either 800 X 600 or 1024 X 768. Click 'Apply'..(you can't hurt anything by trying
this, but if you're a bit unsure, then get someone to give you a hand.)
Mac users', same process, but slightly different route to it.

See what you think. It may take a little getting used to at first, but it's well
worth doing!



     
             
   


While a page is loading.....

It's good practice, generally speaking, to wait until a web page is fully loaded,
before you start scrolling or clicking on 'enlarge image' or 'url links'.
The reason is that sometimes, all the images for the page, don't 'load' properly.
I keep an eye on the base of my browser, to see when it says "Done" or
"Document done."
If you do have a problem with an image or two that didn't display
correctly, then simply remember to hit the 'Refresh' or 'Reload' button
at the top of your browser and all should be well the second time.



     
             
   


On being patient...!

I'd say that because of the very nature of the kind of sites we visit, we often
need to be patient whilst they 'load'. The more graphics there are on a
page, the longer it takes to fully display on our screens
. Hopefully, most
times they are worth the wait, and I must admit, the web would be a barren
place without them!......... so patience is the go!



     
             
   


Explore with your mouse!

The arrow/pointer turns to a hand when there's something to do!
Designers often build in several 'events' that will occur when your 'mouse' goes
over a particular area..... so it's a great habit to get used to exploring the page
with your mouse....... it will guide you to links to other pages, or simply just
surprise you from time to time!



     
             
   


Don't be afraid to 'click'!

Sometimes, we are afraid to 'click' for fear of getting lost! Well don't be!... you
can always come back by hitting the 'back' button at the top of your browser.
Hopefully there is a good 'navigation system' on the site you are visiting, so
there usually isn't a problem at all.
One thing that can happen, is that when you click to go to a page, it opens up
in a 'separate' window....... these are usually designed to be closed before you
continue....... if you don't, you will find at the end of your 'session', you have
lots of open windows to close up!



     
               
 

I do hope some of this has helped some of you. If you have a wonderful tip to go in
here, please do drop me a note.

     
   


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