There are several ways to access the internet on a computer, and all of those ways require a BROWSER.
All Windows PC's come with Internet Explorer as the default browser. It's icon looks like this:
Besides Internet Explorer, there are other browsers you can use to access the internet. One is Google Chrome. It's logo looks like this:
The other is Mozilla Firefox, which looks like this:
Clicking any of the browser icons on the desktop will allow you to access the internet. For purposes of this libguide, we will use Google Chrome for the examples.
To open your browser, double-click its icon with your mouse.
When you open Chrome, you will see the search bar at the top of the screen that looks like this:
The search bar is where you can search or "Google" something. It is also where you can type in a url. A url (or "web address") is what you would type in to go directly to a website. For example, www.trinitydc.edu is the url for Trinity Washington University.
The browser also has certain icons: