Programs:  Beginning Internet Explorer

Internet Definitions
Using Internet Explorer
Accessing Web Pages
Internet Searching

Inputting Data
Saving, Printing, Copy & Paste

Using the Internet at Our Library 
In Conclusion 

Class Objectives - Learn basic definitions and use of Internet Explorer.
Prerequisites - You should be able to use a mouse, and be able to use scroll bars.
Time - This class will last for an hour and a half. We will try to have a few minutes for more questions afterward if you have time to stay. If you need to leave early, feel free to do so. 


Internet Definitions

The Internet: sometimes called simply "The Net", is a network (computer system) connecting millions of computers worldwide.

The World Wide Web (WWW) or simply  "The Web": 

Links or Hyperlinks:  can be words (often blue, usually underlined) or images.  Look for the  pointing hand when you roll the mouse pointer over a link.  When you move your mouse pointer over certain parts of the web page, the pointer may change from an arrow to a pointing hand to a bar, depending on what part of the page you move the pointer over.

Website:  is a related group of web pages (online computer files) owned and managed by an individual, company, or organization.   A website can be made up of many web pages.

Home Page:  the main point of entry of a Web site (or main page) or the starting point when a browser first connects to the Internet. Example: 

Site Map:  Index or Table of Contents to a website. Example:

For more Internet definitions, try this website: 


Using Internet Explorer

Web Browser - a software program that is used to surf the Internet:  to access, view, and navigate web pages. There are other Web Browsers you might choose to use at home:  Slimbrowser, Mozilla, Opera, etc.   Most Web Browsers have similar features.

This "empty web site"  shows what Internet Explorer looks like by itself. 

Programs:  Programs that you have opened will show at the bottom of your screen. 

Windows: You can make a Window larger or smaller with the minimize/maximize button; or by clicking and dragging the edge or corner of a window to make it larger or smaller. 

Tabs:  Internet Explorer (and other browsers) have Tabs for browsing multiple pages at once.


Accessing Web Pages

Web Address – every website has a unique Web Address, also called an Internet Address.  It is used to find a certain web page on the Internet.  One way to go to a new website on the Internet is for you to type the new Web Address into the address bar at the top of the web browser and then hit the ENTER key on the keyboard to make your browser go to that address.   The address must be typed exactly.   

If you click on the Tab button first, you can open the new address in a new tab and still keep the other page open in your first tab.  We will learn more about Tabs later.    Web Address example:

A Web Address is not the same as an email Address.  They are used for different purposes.  A Web Address is used to go to a certain website.  An email address is used to send or receive email within an email account.  email addresses always have the @ (pronounced "at") sign in them.  Example:

The @ is typed by holding down the Shift key while pressing the number 2 on your keyboard.

To send and receive e-mail, you must first open an e-mail account.  For more information, read this Web Email Resources web page, or sign up for the Library's Web Email Class.  


Internet Searching

Good places to start searching for information on the Web:

On Internet Explorer, you can type a subject into the Search box in the top right corner of this page, then hit the Enter key to start your search.  If you click on the drop down menu next to the search box, you can add other search providers.

Spokane Public Library's Research page - Click on topics to discover useful databases, websites, and other library resources.

Try the Library Help page to find more information about the Library and the Internet.

Use this library's Search Engines page to link to a list of other search engines and subject guides. 

Attend the library's class on Smart Searching to learn how to evaluate and find information on the Internet.

Check out the library's Internet Lessons page for online classes about Internet Searching.



Inputting Data

Often you will be asked to fill out a form or to enter information on a web page in order to do certain actions on the web.

Here are some common ways to input data:

Form Text Box - Point your mouse pointer on the box and Click on the box to activate the cursor so that you can type.   Try it here:

What is your name?   

Check Boxes - Click on the square to select a choice - you can usually check more than one. Click again to remove the check mark.

This class is:

Radio Buttons - Click on the circle by one choice or the other - usually only one can be selected at a time.

This class is: challenging easy

Drop Down Box - Click on the down arrow and slide your mouse pointer down to your selection, and then click.

My favorite color is:         


Saving, Printing, Copy & Paste

You can save:

You can save information:

USB is short for Universal Serial Bus; it connects a computer to an external device  and supports data transfer.  The library's computers have USB ports or disk drives, or both.

Most Internet pages can be printed.  You can print:

Print Preview - previews how web pages will look when printed out.  If you highlighted part of a page, change Preview from: "As Laid out on Screen" to "As Selected on Screen".

If the web page has frames, give your printer instructions by clicking on the area that you want printed.  Always try to look at Print Preview before sending a print command so you can make sure you don't print blank pages and make sure your printout looks the way you want it to.

Copy and Paste
You can "copy" text and images from an Internet page and "paste" them into a letter or document.  Just highlight the image or text section by sliding your cursor over the text with your left mouse button held down.  Then click on Edit in the top menu bar, and click on Copy. This "saves" the text or image to your "clipboard".   Open your word processing document or the email letter you are composing and click where you want to place the text. Click on Edit, and then click on Paste.   


Using the Internet at Spokane Public Library

All library branches offer Internet.  Express Internet computers are available.
Library computers also have Open Office programs, including word processing.

You must have a library card in good standing.

You must have a pin number.

You cannot reserve an Internet Computer over the telephone.  Make a reservation or take your chances as a walk-in.  Read the Library's Internet policies and the Public Internet Computer FAQ.

Here is how you reserve  the Internet terminals:
You can use any Catalog computer to access the online reservation system:

1. Start at Library’s homepage:

2. Click on “Services - Computer and Internet Access”.

3. Click on "Make a reservation online "

4. Click on “Downtown” or the library branch of your choice.

The Reservation page will open. You might have to “Maximize” this page to see the whole page easily.

Make sure the Date for your reservation is correct, or change the date to the day of your choice. You can make one reservation per day for five days, up to one week in advance.

Type in your Library Card Number (all of the numbers with no spaces)

5. Click on the “Submit” button.  A page opens that shows a schedule of available Internet times showing white boxes with little circles in them.

6. Click on the little circle for the time and computer that you want for your reservation.  If you want the full 90 minutes, you will need to make two hour long reservations. Click on a circle with a white box to make each reservation.

7. Click on the “Make Reservation” button.   
Wait until the green line pops up that says:  “You Have A Reservation At ........”
Also, above the word "Reservations", a line will appear that says:
"Your Reservation For ........Computer....... has been added"

If the green line does not appear that says:   “You Have A Reservation At ............”, then you don’t have a reservation yet.

Also, make sure you look above the word "Reservations" - it might say "The second half of your reservation cannot be added, there is already a reservation at that time."  Then you have made only a one half-hour reservation.  If you prefer the whole 90 minutes, Click “Here” to Delete The Reservation, and choose a different computer time that has a whole hour available.

Remember to "Logout" of this reservation screen!  Your name and card number is on this page.  Don't leave this information on the screen for other to see.

8. Your reservation will be held for 5 minutes past your chosen time.  If you have not logged in by then, anyone else can then log in and use that computer.  If you are late and miss your reservation, come to the desk for help in making a new reservation.  We have to delete the old reservation.

9. If you do not use up your whole 90 minutes in one sitting at a computer, you can later use any available Internet computer to use up the rest of your time.  You can also make another half-hour reservation.


In Conclusion:

Pick up up handouts.  For more more library classes and other online instruction:

Try these Internet Lessons.   For Library class schedules, see our Library Calendar.