General Info: Most of this applies to EVERYTHING you encounter on the web - not just on this site.
CLICK: This always means "Left-Click" unless otherwise specified as "Right-Click". Left-click is used to "enter, submit, get, proceed or recognize something the computer is trying to tell you.
Right-click is quite different - it usually displays OPTIONS you have, such as Saving, Printing etc - and then you Left-Click on the one desired.
WEBSITE NAMES: They are case sensitive (upper & Lower case letters make a difference). However, most browsers (the program you use to go on & move around the Web) know the difference and will accept Upper or Lower case letters for the website name. However, anything after the website's name itself, with a slash "/" in between, refers to a Page, Folder or Document within that site and browsers will NOT change them for you - it must be EXACT or it won't be found - you will usually get a "404 Error". (EX: EarlyFordV8ClubGa.org will find us. And, EarlyFordV8ClubGa.org/calendar.html will find & directly get our Club Calendar. But, if you enter it as EarlFordV8ClubGa.org/Calendar.html it will NOT find anything because the capital "C" after the site name in not correct.
It used to be that sites required "www." to precede the name but, most browsers don't care any more - they will find it without the www. In fact, for a browser to actually go after a website it must be preceded by "http://" or "https://" but most browsers are smart enough to know this and no longer require this either. If you put a complete proper sitename in the browser (EX: http://earlyfordv8clubga.org) it will NOT do a "search" for similar things, it will go Directly to that site only - or tell you it is an invalid website name.
MENUS: Most websites have many pages and they use a "Menu", which gives you choices to find the proper page. Menus are usually simply words across the top, or down the left side (as you see here on our site), of the site - they are often within a box, but not always.
Moving your mouse to put the cursor over any of these words will show you that it's a Link to a page, by changing form from an Arrow to a Hand. Sometimes more choices will appear - these are "sub-menus" - you can follow them with your cursor to choose whatever is available - then Clicking on the one you want to see.
LINKS: Anything on the web or in an Email, that is Blue & Underlined is usually a "link" - it brings you somewhere or Downloads something.
You can usually tell by putting your cursor over it - it will change form (usually from an Arrow to a Hand). If you Click on it, it will bring you to something else - usually another page, either in the same site or a different website. You will usually know something is going on - but, it may take a while - be Patient, particularly if your computer or connection is slow or the site or document is large. It may also download & open up some form of document (typically a "PDF", which is easily readable), which you can Read & optionally, Save on your computer. Sometimes it gives you a choice of either Opening (to see it) or Downloading (to save it on your computer).
Once a document is open, you can Save it on your computer: Click on "File", which is usually in the upper-left corner of your screen, then on "Save As". It will open up your Directory (usually "My Documents") so you can choose where to Save it. It will show the document's name at the bottom (You can then change the name if you like). Then choose the Folder you want to put it into and click on SAVE.
PAGES & TABS: Clicking a link usually brings you to a new page. Most web browsers (the program that allows you to see things on the web) can actually be connected to several websites at one time. They have TABS on the top that have a short name for the website you are viewing. There can be more than 1 tab but you can only see 1 at a time and that Tab will be Highlighted - the others can be doing something but you won't see it happening. Some Links you may Click on merely go to a different page on the same site - using the Same Tab - some open up a Different Tab and leave the original Tab there but not "in focus" or not highlighted.
On this site (and most others) I keep the SAME Tab if the Link merely brings you to a different page on this site, or even to a specific page on a different website. You can USUALLY get back by simply pressing the <Backspace> key. This also works in most any website - pressing <Backspace> will usually bring you back to the previous page you were looking at.
Whenever my Links bring you to a different website where I expect you to stay a while, or Search for other things, I usually open ANOTHER Tab for it, so you do NOT actually Close our website - you simply open another one in another Tab. This way you don't "lose" our site, we just change the "focus" to the new site. You will see this as a NEW, additional Tab that appears on top of the screen with the name of the new website. When you are done reading this new site, you can close the Tab by Clicking on the "X" on the Tab or, you can keep it and go back to our site by simply Clicking on the Original EFV8 Tab.
Whenever there is a Download - bringing up a Document, Image or some Program - I always do it in a new, separate Tab so you don't lose our site.
MOVING THROUGH PAGES: Once you are on a web-page, you can move through it several ways - that are much faster & easier than using the mouse & Clicking: (NOTE: The following don't always work - it depends on how your computer is set up.)
<PageDown> will go down one "screen" at a time (if there is more to this Page - to what might be considered the next page - But is part of the same page, just a long one) until it gets to the bottom. <PageUp> will simply reverse this and go back up towards the top - a Page at a time.
<Down-Arrow> moves down the page 1-Line at a time - Hold it Down to SCROLL down the page. <Up-Arrow> does the opposite - goes up.
<Left-Arrow> & <Right-Arrow> shift the entire screen to the Left or the Right. You will usually only have a small amount of movement available.
When you are in a Document, these keys work/move your cursor - where you are within the Document - used for Entering & Editting data/words.
DOCUMENTS: When a file, or document (like a PDF file) is "downloaded" (that means it gets a file from the website's "server" - which is a computer far away where the website actually resides), it gets the document and brings a copy into YOUR computer. You can Read it, or Save it, or Close it without "losing your place" on the web. If your computer has the program required to open the document it will usually open it automatically. If not, your computer will give you some sort of message that says it doesn't have the right program, or doesn't know what programs it may have that will open it. Most documents today, on the web, are in "PDF" format. If you can't open them, see how to do it below.
Some documents are in other forms, or formats, which are distinguished, by the computer, by their "Extension", which is the ending of the filename - the last few letters preceded by a "DOT" (.). (Ex: .PDF) : The most popular other types are Microsoft WORD (the filename will end in ".doc" or ".docx" - used for printed pages or letters) or EXCEL (.xls or .xlsx - in the case of Spreadsheets) or POWERPOINT (.ppt or .pptx - kind of like a Slide-Show Presentation - one page/screen after another). These programs are made by Microsoft and they COST MONEY $$$. However, you can get a whole set of FREE programs that will open all these files - see below.
PHOTOS: Often, particularly in Photo Galleries, you can CLICK on a photo and it will get Bigger. To make it Small again, usually just press the <Backspace> key. Sometimes Clicking on the photo, pressing the <Esc> (escape) or <Enter> keys will work.
PRINTING a Web PAGE: You can usually print any Web Page, Photo or Image you are on. Our website has an image of a Printer in the Upper-Right of every page - Click it & it's done - it will print the entire page you are looking at. Also, in the Upper Left, you will find the word "File". Click it and several Options will appear. Clicking on "Print Preview" will show you what it is going to print. If you like that, Click on "Print".
SENDING or SHARING Photos, Images, Websites, Links, Pages & Documents:
If you RIGHT-CLICK on ANY photo, or even an Image in any website, your computer will give you several Options, which will include Copying or Saving that image. If you want to send it on, for example, via an Email, to a friend: Right-Click on it, choose "Save Image", open your Email program, Click on "Send an Email", when it opens up Click on the message part, type in a message (if you like), then wherever you want to Insert the Image: Right-Click and choose "Paste". It will insert the Image you just copied into your Email.
If you wanted to send your friend the Link to that Image on that Page of that Website, Choose "Copy Image Location" (instead of Copy Image). This will work on Facebook - to include a Link to an Image you found on the web.
If you want to SHARE a Web-Page: If you are already in a website: Go to the top "Entry Box", usually where you enter a "Search Name" (or there may be another "box" near it) and you will find the URL (the actual "Web Address" of the site). Right-Click on the URL (it will probably "highlight") and then select "copy" - you will now have it. Now you can go to your Facebook Page, or an Email, or wherever you want to SHARE it or Send it - then Click where you want to place the URL, then Right-Click and choose "PASTE" - the URL to the exact page you are on will appear there.
(NOTE: the URL may or may not have been preceded by the required "http://" or "https://" prefix (without the quotes) in the Box where you got it, but you will probably see that your browser was "smart enough" to add the prefix when you Pasted it.)
To SHARE a LINK (to a Document that Downloads or even goes to a Website): Put your cursor over the Link (remember, it will be Blue & Underlined and your cursor will change from an Arrow to a small Hand), then Right-Click on the LINK and Select "Copy Link Location". You will now have it and you can place it in your Facebook Post, or Email, or wherever you like, by Clicking where you want it, then Right-Clicking & Selecting "PASTE".
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
The National Early Ford V8 Club FAQs are similar to ours and should be noted too.
This also shows the way to Register on their site for their Forums etc - very useful.
If "PDF" forms don't download
You may not have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. You can download this program FREE here.
It also OPTIONALLY offers McAfee Security Scan Plus, which checks for "bad stuff" on your computer and has been OK for me (uncheck it if you don't want it).
To Install: Click on INSTALL NOW.
You should get this -->
Click on SAVE FILE.
Then you will probably get this -->
It may automatically open your DOWNLOADS folder.
If it does, double-click on the top (newest) entry and
it should install your program.
You may get some of the following too:
If nothing opens, you will have to go to your DOWNLOADS folder:
Go to MY DOCUMENTS, find DOWNLOADS & double-click on it.
Select the latest download (probably on top - it
should have "install_reader" in its name) and
double-click on it.
You will probably get this -->
Click on RUN and follow the instructions (starting
with click on NEXT).
If you get any warnings about Registry Changes they are probably OK - C=click ALLOW and then FINISH.
If it offers you more, you can ignore it and end.
Now go back & try to do your original PDF download again - it should work fine.
Programs to Open Microsoft files like Word, Excel & Powerpoint
You can get Apache's "Open Office" for FREE, which will open most Microsoft programs at https://www.openoffice.org/
Click the Link above, then choose (click on):
Then Click on "download: full installation:"
(if you have a MAC or don't have Windows
you'll have to choose the correct one here)
A dialog box will open - Click on "Save File":
(and follow the instructions - they're simple)
If you have PROBLEMS - like it tells you
your Firewall won't allow you to download,
Your FIREWALL is supposed to Protect your computer against getting "malware" or bad stuff.
But, sometimes it also prevents you from downloading "good Stuff", like Open Office & Adobe Reader.
In this case, you will have to TURN OFF your Firewall - TEMPORARILY. It is important to turn it back ON afterwards.
Depending on your Operating System, your screen may not look exactly like this, but hopefully you will be able to find wht you need.
Usually on the Lower-Left of your screen you will find something like "START",
Then, look for your Control Panel.
Then, look for Windows Firewall.
Then you will get a dialog box something like this.
Look for "Turn Windows Firewall On or Off".
Click it to turn it OFF.
Then, you may get a dialog box like this. Click on the Buttons that say OFF
(in this case there are 2, just to the right of the Red X icons.
Then Click on "OK".
At this point you should be able to go ahead with your new software installation.
Be SURE to come back after the installation and turn your Firewall back ON!
You should be able to simply do the same thing again but this time "reverse it" to turn it ON.