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We can assume that our visitors have a diverse range of computer experience. Therefore, some tips will be old news to some and helpful to others. We hope that our visitors find any of the following helpful. If you would like to submit a Computer Tip, please use any Contact Anvil Magazine link and include computer tip as the email Subject.
Note: any opinions expressed are those of the contributor.

Internet Related Tips:

Finding something on a web page: Don't forget your browsers' Find command. If you are viewing a page and you want to quickly locate something (anvil magazine) you think or hope is there, click Edit and then Find. Enter the word or name and click find. If the word or name is on the page it should jump to the word location. Generally find is not UPPER/lower case sensitive.

Printing something on a web page: Don't forget that you can almost always print a web page by clicking File, and then Print. If the page uses "Frames" then it would be Print Frame. If the web page is very large and you use a Netscape Browser, you can use Print Preview to select the pages you want to print. Some later versions of "the other browsers" may also have the print preview feature.

Using Search Engines: While all search engines more or less work the same way, the most important feature that I use to narrow the search is quotes "xx x". In most cases, if you search for: anvil magazine you will often get everything with anvil and everything with magazine. Now, if you enclose your search words with quotes: "anvil magazine" you will usually only get documents that contain these two words together as a phrase.
A few of my favorites are:
Contributed by Tremaine Parsons Georgetown CA 1/30/00

Where's my Back Button: Have you ever noticed clicking a link, going to a web site, and then finding that your browser Back Button is disabled making it difficult go back? Sort of like you are trapped there. This is not uncommon and what is usually happening is that the target web site opens a new browser window on top of your existing window. There are 2 main reasons why web sites do this:
1] to keep you from backing out of their site (not very polite)
2] to prevent you from having to view their site within a frame (not full screen) of the referring web site (not very polite of the referring web site). see below.
Unfortunately, both of these situations stem from a desire to hold onto visitor traffic and somewhat contrary to the spirit of the internet

How to go back: In most cases you can one of the following:
Hold down the Alt key and press th Left Arrow key
Click File, and then Close to close the current window
Use your browser History feature which should list your previous page. Unfortunately different browser versions put the history tool in different places so you will have to go hunting if you don't know how to access.
Contributed by Tremaine Parsons Georgetown CA 1/30/00

I've been Framed: Have you ever been visiting a site that uses Frames ? The sites that usually have a scrolling window column with menu choices on the left side and the main viewing window on the right side for content. This is a site that uses "Frames". In many ways frames can be very useful. However, if you should go to the site "Links" section and decide to check out a link to another site, you might get sent to the new web site within the current sites frame. It would be reasonable to assume that most web sites were designed to be viewed full screen. Not within some other sites' frame. It would also seem reasonable to conclude that linking to an outside site and holding it hostage to the currents sites' frame is questionable protocol.

How to escape a "framed" site full screen: I do not have the best answer for this. I manually note of the web address of my target link and go there manually with the Go To or File, Open Page/Location option. You can also usually drag the right border of the left frame to the far left but you are still being "Framed".
Contributed by Tremaine Parsons Georgetown CA 1/30/00

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