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The main toolbar is composed of ten different buttons. Each of these buttons has a different function and purpose in Internet Explorer. You may notice that you can do the same functions from the menu tool bar as well.


The "back button" will take you back to whatever document you were previously viewing. Pressing it immediately takes you back one document. If you have browsed many pages, or are well into a multi-page document, pressing it repeatedly will continue to back you up one page at a time. Once you reach your starting location, it will be greyed-out and unavailable.


The "forward button" will take you forward to the next document if you have previously browsed multiple documents and had then backed-up to the page you are currently viewing. (If you have not backed up at all, the forward button will be greyed-out) Pressing it repeatedly will continue to move you forward one page at a time. You can move forward until you reach the last page that you had browsed, at which time the forward button will be greyed-out.


The "stop button" stops ANY current operations by Internet Explorer. It will stop any type of file from loading. It can also be used to stop animations from continuing once a page is loaded. If you press it before a page has finished loading, the page will display everything it had finished loading before the stop button was pressed. If a document is completely loaded and there are no animations, movies, or other files still running, the stop button will have no immediate function.


The "refresh button" will reload the current document that you are viewing. It is useful if the page updates very frequently so that you can view these changes as soon as they are available. If you are loading a document and the transfer was interrupted, you can reload the full document again by clicking here.


The "home button" will return you to the page you have selected as the default start-up page for Internet Explorer. It will not take you back to the beginning of your web browsing, it will just return you to your home location from where you are. If you press back after reaching your home page, you will go back to the page you left after you hit the Home button.


The "search button" will take you to the page you have selected as the default web search page for Internet Explorer. If you have not selected a page it will take you to Microsoft's default search page.


The "favorites button" will open up the Favorites menu. You can choose a favorite web site that you wish to go to that is on the current list, add a favorite web site to your list, or organize your favorite web sites, creating or deleting file folders for your favorite web sites from this menu.


The "print button" will bring up a print dialog box. In this print dialog box, you can decide if you would how and what to print from the contents of the page you are viewing, the number of pages you will print, and also how many copies you will print. Keep in mind that if you try to print a page that is graphics intensive, you will need a printer that is capable of printing graphics. Also, the more graphics and pages a Web site has, the longer it will take to print. You may want to change page setup from portrait to landscape so printer will not cut off the right side of the page you are printing as many web pages are wider than 8 and one half inches.


The "font button", when pressed causes the Internet Explorer browser to cycle through the available font sizes. This button is useful if the text is too small to read, or too large to fit comfortably in the window.


The "mail button" will open into a drop down menu from which you can select to read or send E-Mail. You can also open up your newsgroups from this menu.


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