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This post is related to my previous post about chrome.

Every browser has an address bar.

(Wait, what’s a browser?  It’s the software you use for viewing pages on the internet.  It’s not the internet itself, but the way in.  Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox are popular browsers.)

The address bar is located at the top of the browser chrome. You’ll notice right now that it contains this address:  https://wonkywheel.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/searching-the-web.  That’s where we are.

Here are things you can type into the address bar:

  • A full web address, like the one in the previous paragraph. This takes you directly to that page.
  • A partial web address, like google.com.  This takes you to the home page of whatever site you typed in.  Some browsers, like Firefox, don’t require the use of the extension .com (or .org, or .net).  Once you get to that site, you’ll notice that the address in the bar changes to the full address, e.g., http://google.com
  • Search terms, like “wonky wheel”.  These open a page in Google or Yahoo (or perhaps another search engine) that shows the results of the search.

Very handy.

You may be in the habit of entering a web address into a Yahoo, Google, etc. search box.  Quit it!  Search engines are not designed to find web addresses from web addresses.  They are designed to find web addresses from search terms.  If you have the address, use the box in the chrome.

Many modern browsers have a Yahoo or Google search box built into the chrome.  It’s still a search box, not a place to put a web address.  It’s essentially a link to Yahoo or Google.

One more thing.  Search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN Search, etc. are web sites.  They are not the internet.  They are not the browser.  They’re just a special kind of web site.

Whoo, that’s the end of this bossy post.

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