What is a Browser?
A browser is an application or software that is used to access and view websites on the Internet. There are different browsers available today both for mobile and for computers (laptops and desktops). Most browsers have a computer version and a mobile version and the most common ones in Nigeria are:
- Opera Mini
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Internet Explorer (discontinued)
- Microsoft Edge
What is a Web Address?
Every webpage you visit has a unique link also known as its URL or web address. This is the link that you must enter into your browser when you want to visit that particular website or web page.
You know, the one that starts with www or http:// or https://. For example, the web address of this page that you are reading this article on right now is http://www.moneymaker.ng/where-do-you-find-the-address-bar/
If you are not new to the internet then you have most likely seen (or even used a web address to visit a particular wesite or webpage). Depending on the context of the situation, a web address can be called variety of names like web address, link, permalink, URL etc
What is the address bar?
The address bar is the part of a browser where you are meant to type in the address of the website that you want to visit. It also will usually show the address of any web page that you are currently on when you click on it.
Many people easily confuse the address bar as a Search bar because nowadays you can either type in the exact address that you want to visit or type in some search terms and it displays a list of pages that match the search.
How to Locate the Address Bar
Address bar on a Computer
Most browsers on a computer (laptop or desktop) have their Address bar near the top of the page as shown in the image below (the red circle):
One way to identify the address bar is that it usually displays the following message when you have just opened the browser or when there is nothing already in the search bar previously. You will usually see a message like “Search or enter address”. Other variations of this message could be “Search here or enter web address”
Address bar on an Android smart phone
For Android and most other smartphones and evening normal browsing phones, you will usually also find the address bar at the very top of the page. Just like in the computer, in the searchbar for mobile browsers you will either see the address of the page that you are currently on, but if empty then usually you see a faint message like “Search or enter address”. Other variations of this message could be “Search here or enter web address”. See the red arrow below:
Address bar in Chrome
When you initially open the Chrome browser in an Android phone, you may not see the address bar at the top of the page. Instead you will see it looking like a normal search bar in the middle of the page. However when you start typing, it immediately moves to the top of the page.
How to Correctly Use the Address bar
In times past, the address bar was usually separate from the search bar but with new innovations in technology, both have been merged in many browsers such that you can either enter a web address and get taken directly to the page you want or you can perform searches and be shown a list of websites that are related to what you are searching for.
To use the Address bar correctly, look for it near the top of your browser. It may look similar to our examples above or it make look a little different, but it will usually have the words “Enter search or web Address” written faintly.
If you know the address (URL) of the website you wish to visit (for example your MoneyMaker referral link), type it directly into the address bar or paste it in and click the Go button (or hit your Enter key or front arrow -> ). This bypasses the search altogether and takes you straight to the site you want to visit. But if you do it wrongly then what you may get is a search result with a list of different websites.