How to Launch Your Browser

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During the 1990s, the Internet saw a rise in popularity that has since grown into a daily part of our lives. When you want to use the Internet, you use a Web browser to access it. These computer programs decipher the digital signals into a visual presentation that's much easier to comprehend. Microsoft includes Internet Explorer in every version of its operating system for Windows users. If you're using an Apple, OS X includes Safari. Keep in mind that if you don't like the default browser, plenty of third-party Web browsers are free to download.

In Windows

  • Turn your computer on. Wait for Windows to fully load. If User Account Control is enabled, select your account, enter your password and hit "Enter" to log in.

  • Hover your mouse over the small Internet connectivity icon on the right side of your taskbar in the System Tray. After a second, a message will appear that will tell you whether you're connected to the Internet. If not, click the icon and select your Internet network. Wait while Windows connects.

  • Click the "Start" orb, and hover your mouse over "All Programs" or click it to expand the menu. Select "Internet Explorer" from the list, which has a blue "e" icon next to it.

On the Mac

  • Turn on your Mac. Wait while your operating system fully loads.

  • Hover your mouse over the Internet icon in the top right corner of the screen. If you have a wireless network set up, click the icon and ensure "Airport" is turned on. If your network is wired, select the network to connect to it if your computer doesn't automatically.

  • Move your mouse to the bottom of the screen to make the Dock larger. Find Safari's blue compass icon and click it to open the Web browser.

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