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Navigating

You can move between web pages by clicking links. These can be text links like this (Home Page). On this site links on white backgrounds are generally purple/blue and will change to green after you have visited them. All links change colour and become underlined as you pass the mouse over them.

They can also be graphic links like the ones on the left. Run your mouse pointer over the words on the graphic and it will change to a hand, or it will bring up a little box with the name of the link.

Just click and you'll be taken to that page, or to a link to somewhere else on the web.

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Re-visiting pages

You can re-visit pages by using the links on them, or by using the BACK and FORWARD buttons on your browser's toolbar, usually at the top left of the screen.

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Bookmarks or Favourites

If you intend to re-visit a site often, add it to your 'bookmarks' (Netscape) or 'favourites' (Internet Explorer). See the menus at the top of your browser for help on doing this.

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Email

Most times you see an email address you should be able to click on it and it will bring up your email programme with the address already entered. Sometimes you will just see the link 'email'. This works the same way. Just click on it and it will insert the address.

If you are using webmail (eg Hotmail) this will not necessarily happen. You should right click on the link and choose 'copy shortcut'. You can then paste the address into your address bar. But remember, you will have to delete the 'mailto:' at the beginning of the address.

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Acrobat PDF Files

When you go to read a PDF document, you have two options. If you just click once on the link, the PDF file will open within your web browser (usually Internet Explorer). This site is designed so it will open in a new window. You can then read it as normal. But note that large files (bigger than 500k) may take a few minutes to open in your window.

However, you may prefer to save the PDF onto your hard drive to read at a later date or forward to a colleague. To do this, click on the link to the PDF file you want to see with your right mouse button (Mac users should hold the button down). This will bring up a small menu - if you select Save Target As (or Save Link As) from this you will be able to save the file to your desktop or hard drive and open it outside the browser.

Sometimes a PDF will open but only a blank page is visible. This may be because the view is zoomed into a blank section of the document. Use the dropdown view menu (bottom left hand corner of the screen) to select a suitable view - 100% or 'Fit Width' are usually best.

Especially useful is the Find Tool (a pair of binoculars) - click on the Find icon to search the document for a word or phrase. Click the next icon to the right to search for further occurences of the word or phrase.

PDF accessibility: To read PDFs with a screen reader please link to the Access Adobe website which provides useful tools and resources. Adobe also has a free online conversion tool for PDFs.

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Copying text, saving pages

A quick way of copying text from a page is to highlight it with the mouse (just as you would in a word processiong package), click Edit - Copy and then paste it into your word processing package. You can do this 'offline' so long as the page has completely loaded before you cut your modem connection.

You can also save whole pages to your hard disk. See your menu items to find out how to do this.

Copy graphics

Just right click on the graphic and click 'save'. Then choose a folder from the menu that comes up. The graphic will be saved to your hard disk. But remember, many graphics are copyright and you will need to get permission and/or pay a fee to use them.

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Searching this site

Use the 'search' box at the top of this page or click here for the search page with full instructions. Try also the listings on the following index pages

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