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Using Netscape Navigator

  • What is Netscape Navigator?
  • What is a URL?
  • Starting Netscape Navigator
  • Links
  • Bookmarks
  • Searching the Internet
  • Toolbar Buttons
  • Learning HTML
  • Viewing the Source Code for a Page

  • What is Netscape Navigator?

    Netscape Navigator is a World Wide Web (WWW) browser. WWW browsers are used to view HyperText Markup Language (HTML) documents. These documents can exist on the computer in front of you, on other computers at Yale, or on other computers throughout the world. An immense amount of information is available on the Internet using Netscape Navigator.

    Starting Netscape Navigator

    Double-click on the Netscape Navigator icon. On cluster computers it is located in the Internet Tools folder or program group.

    What is a URL?

    A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is a string of text that describes an address on the WWW. Here are some example URLs:

    The text before the colon specifies the protocol used to access the file: HTTP is HyperText Transfer Protocol and FTP is File Transfer Protocol. The information after the colon specifies the location of the file. If you would like someone to look at a certain page you found on the Internet, you should give him or her the URL of the page.


    You will notice that some of the text on the screen is underlined and a different color than the rest. When you place the cursor on the underlined text, the cursor becomes a pointing finger. This text serves as a link to another location on the Internet; graphics can also serve as links. When you click on a link, another WWW page will load. By clicking on these links, you can easily move around the WWW.

    Toolbar Buttons

    There are buttons with pictures at the top of the Netscape Navigator windows. The purpose of each of these buttons is explained below.


    A bookmark is an easy way to access a URL that you frequent. Selecting Add Bookmark from the Bookmarks menu makes a bookmark for the current page. To access a bookmark, choose one from the Bookmarks menu.

    Searching the Internet

    One of the most wonderful things about the WWW is that it puts a huge amount of information at your fingertips. There are a number of sites that allow you to search the Internet. To easily access some of the more popular search engines, choose Internet Search from the Directory menu. After the page loads, click in the search box, type your search topic, and then click on the button that will start the search.

    Learning HTML

    If you would like to create your own page on the WWW, you must learn to create HTML documents. Information about how to get started in HTML can be found on Yale's HTML Style Guides and Resources (http://www.yale.edu/webmaster/resources.html) page.

    Viewing the Source Code for a Page

    Netscape Navigator allows you to easily view the HTML code that was used to create a web page. If you like a page, you can view its source to see how it was created. To view the source code for a page, pick Document Source from the View menu.

    URL: http://www.yale.edu/am&t/help/navigator/
    Certifying authority:
    David Davies, Manager, Student Computing
    Last modified: 13 October 1999