Web Browsers

Your web browser is the tool which allows you to access different web pages on different websites.

The default browser on windows devices is Microsoft Edge, while the default browser on iOS devices is Safari. The most common browser worldwide, however, is Google Chrome.

Most browsers have similar features and are all free. Edge is pre-installed on devices running Windows 10, however you can download any browser by going to its associated website. You can install and use multiple browsers too! But what is a browser, how do you choose, and how do you use them? You've come to the right place.

What is a Web Browser?

A web browser is a software application for accessing information on the World Wide Web. When a user opens a particular website, the web browser retrieves the necessary content from a web server then displays the resulting web page on the user's device

Was that a whole bunch of mind bogglin' jargon? Check out this jargon busting video which clearly explains what a web browser is, and clear up common confusion with similar sounding things. 

Search Engines

Your search engine is your gateway to the internet. When you enter a keyword into a search engine like Google, it searches for and identifies relevant items then provides you with a list to choose from.

Top Tip! - If you know the web address (URL) of the page you wish to visit, click the address bar, type the address then hit Enter to get to the page more quickly.

There are many different search engines to choose from, try out the most popular ones!

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Frequently asked questions

What are Homepages?


Setting up your homepage is a useful way to enhance your browsing. You can set up a homepage which you can access at any time by tapping the home button. You can also add the pages you use most often as "Start-up pages" so that they open when you launch your browser. Chrome Homepage Setup 1. Click on the three dot icon at the top right of the screen, and then Settings. 2. Under 'Appearance', toggle Show Home Button. Then, add your URL or choose to use the New Tab page Edge Homepage Setup 1. Click on the three dot icon and then Settings. Scroll down and select View Advanced Settings. 2.Toggle Show the Home Button, select a specific page, type the URL of the home page you want, then select Save.




What are Bookmarks?


You can save your favourite and most frequented pages for ease of access by adding them to your Bookmarks (or Favourites in Edge). Chrome Bookmark Setup 1. Navigate to the page you wish to bookmark. 2. Click the star symbol to the right of the URL bar. 3. Name the bookmark, choose a destination folder and then click Done to save. Edge Favourites Setup 1. Navigate to the page you wish to save. 2. Click the star to the right in the URL bar. 3. Name your favourite, choose a destination folder and then click Add to save.




How do I access my browsing History?


Your browser keeps track of the websites you have visited under your History. This can be very powerful if you accidentally close your browser, or if you are looking for a page you've been on before that you did not bookmark. You can access your browsing history from most browsers (including Chrome and Edge) with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + H. Chrome History Options Click the three dot icon then History, and History again. From here you can:

  • View your history to reopen pages you visited previously.
  • Click Clear Browsing History and follow the steps to remove your data.
  • Erase individual items from your history.
After clicking Clear Browsing History you can choose the kind of data you want to remove. Clearing cached information can be a useful way of troubleshooting a problem with your browser. Click Here for full instructions. Edge History Options Visit the Hub by clicking the three line icon then History. From here you can:
  • View your history to reopen pages you visited previously.
  • Click Clear All History and follow steps to remove your data.
  • Erase individual items from your history.
After clicking Clear All History you can choose the kind of data you want to remove. Clearing cached information can be a useful way of freeing storage space. It is also a good first step when troubleshooting a problem with your browser. Click Here for full instructions.




What is Private Browsing?


Private browsing is a useful tool for several reasons. When in private mode your browser will not store your browsing history or tracking cookies. Private Browsing operates as a completely isolated session, so, you can use private browsing to log into multiple email or social accounts at the same time. You can't use private browsing to hide your activity while you're connected to the college network, but you can use it to make sure searches don't affect your future browsing with unwanted suggestions or saving passwords. You can also use private browsing windows as a troubleshooting tool, to rule out interference from cached (stored) information from previous sessions. To open a private browsing tab in your browser, follow the relevant keyboard shortcut below: Chrome Incognito mode Ctrl + Shift + N Edge In-private browsing Ctrl + Shift + P





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