A second part of the suite is a web page editor, called Netscape Composer. This is a WYSIWIG ("what you see is what you get") web page editor. Using this program, we can create our own web pages that we can later view in Navigator. Because it is easy to learn, simple to use and displays results visually (unlike HTML code), Netscape Composer is a perfect choice for web page beginners. The symbol for Netscape Composer is a pad and pen:
Since you will be going back and forth between two programs, it might be useful to review how to keep two balls in the air at the same time. Let's assume you are in Navigator. Now you click on Composer, and thus have two programs open at the same time. To return to Navigator without closing Composer, simply click on the "_" symbol in the upper right-hand corner. This will minimize Composer and return you to Navigator. To minimize Navigator, again click on the "_" symbol in the upper right-hand corner. You should now be looking at the Windows 95 desktop. To restore Composer, just click on the "Composer" bar at the bottom of your screen. Bingo! Composer is back in view. You should still see a Composer bar at the bottom of the screen. At this point, it should say "Untitled."
Remember, the "_" symbol will minimize a program (drop it to the bottom of the screen, temporarily out of view). You have not closed the program, just set it aside for the time being. You can close any program by clicking on the "X" in the upper-right hand corner. You can restore any minimized program by clicking on its bar at the bottom of your screen. For example, right now, this is what the bars at the bottom of my screen look like:
Cut, copy and paste
Many of the techniques you learned in MSWord will also work the same way in Netscape Composer. Perhaps the most useful of these are the cut, copy and paste functions.
TO PASTE: Click your cursor once on the page where you want to put what you just cut. Then click on the "paste" icon at the top of the page. Bingo! It magically reappears in its new location. Alternatively, you can position your cursor in the new location, hold down the control key and press V (CTRL + V) to paste. Or, you can click on "Edit" then "Paste." It's your call.
TO COPY: Same procedure. Highlight the section you want to copy, then click on the "Copy" icon (or press CTRL + C or click on "Edit" then "Copy."). When you copy, you will make a second version that you will then insert in a new location, leaving the original where it is. To paste the second version, see instructions above.
Nothing is carved in stone. If you should
try something and not particularly appreciate the results, you can "undo"
what you just did by clicking on "Edit" and then "Undo". However,
you must invoke this command immediately after the goof. "Undo" will
only undo the last operation.
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