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Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual by Sharon Crawford

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Searching on the Web

As noted above, finding major companies on the Web is usually easy—just enter the company's name in the Address bar and then press Enter.

Finding specific things on the Web is not so easy. This is where search services (also called search engines) come in. A search service is a Web site devoted to cataloging the entire Web and providing a way for you to search this catalog. You can use a search service to find Web pages of interest to you, either by searching for keywords or by using a so-called directory style search service to find Web pages by browsing a category list.

You can search in three different ways with Internet Explorer: using the Address bar, the Search toolbar button, or a search-engine Web page; the following discussion covers all three techniques.

Tip

If you find a Web page that's particularly useful, you can choose ToolsShow Related Links to open a list of pages that, according to a software robot, contain information that's similar to what's on the currently open Web page.

A Quick Guide to Search Services

There's no tidy card catalog of every Web page. Because Web pages appear and disappear hourly by the hundreds of thousands, such an exercise would be futile.

Fortunately, two types of search services await to help you find the pages you want—subject directories and search engines. A subject directory is like the subject catalog in a library: It groups Web sites by topic (such as sports, government, or astronomy). Unlike a library's subject catalog, ...

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