Internet Explorer is the Web browser that comes with Windows 2000. Despite all the hoopla, headlines, and lawsuits that surrounded it for several years, it's an excellent program. You can launch it in a number of ways:
Double-click its desktop icon.
Click its icon on the Quick Launch toolbar.
Choose a Web site's name from your Start→Favorites menu.
Type a Web address—its URL (Uniform Resource Locator)—into the Address bar of a window. A Web-page URL usually begins with the prefix http://, but you can leave that part off.
No matter which technique you use, the program now opens, your PC dials the Internet if necessary, and the Internet Explorer window fills with the starting page, called the home page. When you click a button or an underlined phrase, called a link or hyperlink, you're transported from one "page" (screen) to another. Several billion Web pages await you. (See Figure 11-4.)
Figure 11-4. The main toolbar in Internet Explorer holds most of the basic navigational tools including buttons to move you forward and back, refresh the page, and go to your Home page. If the mouse pointer turns into a hand, you're pointing to a hyperlink. Click to follow where it leads.
You can choose any Web page you like as your home page. To do so, navigate to the page you want to make your home page, choose Tools→Internet Options, and then click the Use Current button at the top ...