Chapter 3: Opening a web page and performing a web search
Web Browsing with Google Chrome
One of the most common tasks completed on the Internet is doing a web search. People search for all kinds of things including products, topics and companies. Typically, you do this using a search engine like Google, Bing or Yahoo.
So let's have a go! But, before you do this you will need to open a second Google Chrome window so that you can switch between the instructions on this page and the web page you are going to work on.
To open a new Chrome session:
Press ALT + F. The Chrome menu opens.
DOWN ARROW to "New Window" and press ENTER. A new Google Chrome window opens.
Press WINDOWS KEY + UP ARROW to ensure the window is maximised.
You can now use ALT + TAB to switch between this web page and the web page you are going to use to try out the exercises. Please ensure you are comfortable doing this before you go any further.
Now let's have a go at doing a search! In this example we will use Google as the search engine provider as it provides a little bit more accessibility than other search engine providers.
First, you need to open the Google web page. You can do this by following these simple steps on the new target window:
Press CONTROL + O. The "Open" dialog box opens.
Type "www.google.com" (without the quote marks) and press ENTER. The "Open" dialog box closes and the Google web page opens. The Dolphin Cursor turns on automatically and you can begin to navigate the web page using the Arrow Keys.
Next, you need to go to the edit box on the Google web page so that you can type in a word or phrase to search for. You can do this by doing the following:
Press CONTROL + HOME. The Dolphin Cursor moves to the top of the web page. This makes sure you know exactly where you are on the web page.
Press the letter E on the keyboard. The Dolphin Cursor jumps to the edit box. The letter E is a Quick Navigation Key that moves you directly to the next edit box on the web page. If the Dolphin Cursor is positioned below the edit box then you can press SHIFT + E to go to the previous edit box on the web page.
Type in a search term and press ENTER. Google performs the search and comes back with the results.
Finally, you can review the results in the following ways:
You can navigate through the web page line by line and when you find a link you want to follow you can press ENTER.
You can press the number 3 on the keyboard to go directly to the first search result. Repeat the pressing of the number 3 on the keyboard to go to the next search result and so on. The number 3 is a Quick Navigation Key that moves you directly to the next piece of text that is set to heading level 3. Google shows all search results at heading level 3. If the Dolphin Cursor is positioned below the search result you want to go to then press SHIFT + 3 to go to the previous heading level 3. When you find a link you want to follow then press ENTER.