Here we hope to ease in your first time in cyberspace,
help explain some terms, suggest places to find information
you might be looking for, and also list places on the 'net
that are interesting and useful.
This Tutorial is aimed at people who are already familiar
with the use of a computer mouse, and know some of the basics
of computer usage (clicking, scrolling, typing). We have assumed
this as a lowest common denominator when putting together
If you are not confident, you should
probably seek advice from friends or a professional tutor.
Have a look at our links
page for more info on these kind of people.
So this Tutorial is aimed at people who have at least a passing
ability in using computers, but are perhaps not too familiar
with the internet in general.
Mouse Pointers and Hyperlinks
You are currently using a Web Browser to look at this writing.
Above are coloured buttons, and a picture (our Hotkey
logo). If you were to move your mouse pointer over the "buttons"
you'd see that the mouse pointer image changes, from the
regular arrow to a pointing hand. Go ahead, try it.
When this happens, it means you can "follow the link", to go someplace
else on the internet. Links are usually easy to spot, as they are
usually underlined, like this:
Use the left hand mouse button to follow the above,
and any, link on the net. A single click is all that is required.
If you have clicked a link already,
you might see the text as red(or a colour
different to the other links on the page). This indicates that you
have already followed that link, which
can be handy thing if you forget where you have been before.
Hyperlinks, as these
are known, can sometimes be disguised as pictures - meaning pictures
can be hyperlinks, as in the example above where you clicked on
the picture to return to here. The buttons on the menu at the top
of the page are pictures, also.
When you hover your mouse pointer over some
links or pictures, you may see some small writing on a yellow background
appear (You may have to pause for a second or two to see this) These
are called tool tips, and are there for two reasons:
Sometimes pictures on the net don't download
properly, and when they don't, this writing appears in its place
as a space filler and indicator of what's missing.
Also, a web designer can use this text to help
describe the meaning of the picture, like a caption.
We have done the latter as much as possible on our site here. For
example, if you hold your mouse pointer over some of the buttons
on the navigation bar to the left of
this page (you will have to scroll the page up a bit to do this),
you should see the words describing what happens if you click the