Calculus Online: Netscape Tutorial

Welcome to Netscape! If this is your first time using this marvelous tool, chances are you feel pretty lost about now. This tutorial will hopefully help you to navigate about and to get familiar with the many ways of using this package.

Our first step is to look around and get comfortable with all the buttons and controls that are at our disposal. Look up at the top left-hand corner of the page. You should see something that looks like this:

These three buttons will help you move around inside a document, like turning pages of a book. The button labelled "Home" will always take you to the same familiar place: the Calculus Online home page. The button labelled "Back" will take you back to the last page you looked at. If you have already seen many pages, you can use "Forward" and "Back" to flip through them, just as if you were flipping forward and back in the pages of your favourite math book. To activate a button, simply "click" on that button. (When we say "Click", we mean position your mouse so that the arrow points to the button and press the left mouse button once. )


 Our next tool is the scroll bar. When you look at the side of your Netscape page, you may see something that looks like the picture shown here to the left. Try to move your mouse so that it points inside the scrollbar. Don't go too far! If you move across the boundary of the page, your arrow will not have any effect on that page at all! Now try to push down the LEFT mouse button and drag the actual scrollbar down. When you do this, you should see that the whole page appears to move up, so that new parts of it become visible. Sometimes, scrollbars also come in the horizontal variety, as shown below. The same manipulation applies to the horizontal scrollbars as well.

Try using the scrollbar now so that you can read what's on the rest of this page


Other features that may interest you:


 You will see these at the top right-hand corner of the window. The top left of these buttons will shrink and hide the Netscape window. The top right one makes it fill the entire viewing area. It is probably wise to leave these as you find them in your first labs.

 Chances are, you won't need this button. But sometimes if Netscape is having trouble displaying a page, it may help to click on "Reload".

 This is another advanced feature that works exactly like a bookmark. If you find a page that is particularly interesting, you may want to revisit it often. Instead of remembering where it is, you can save its location by pointing your mouse at this button. When you click on the button, a list of entries will appear. One of the choices, "Add Bookmark" will allow you to store the location of the page so that next time you want to see it, you can open up the bookmarks, point to the entry and be instantly transported to it, without remembering its address or location. If you think you may need to see this tutorial again, you may want to save it now using this feature.

 The world is at your fingertips with this amazing little button. Here is your chance to tap into great stores of knowledge (and some zany and silly things as well) when you "explore" or "surf" the web with this little button. We will leave this feature for some future occasion or for an occasion when you have finished your main tasks and have some time to spare.



 You won't have to worry about this too much in our labs, but this label tells the computer where to find the page you are looking at. Think of this as the "shelf" on some library where the math book is located.

 This is the title of the page. It may help in orienting you about what you are actually reading. This always appears at the very top of your Netscape window.


The neatest feature of Netscape is that it links you to other pages through text that is called hypertext. When you see words that are underlined (and that, on a colour terminal may be a different colour from the other text), you are looking at a hypertext link. For example, by pointing to the underlined text below and clicking, you will be connected directly to the home page for this course. On that page, you will find course notes, homeworks, the demonstrations from class and lots of information.

UBC Calculus Online


This concludes the Netscape tutorial. If you have additional time, feel free to explore. Good luck using Netscape, and see you on the Net!