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Navigation (moving from page to page) in LiteracyLink may be done in several ways:

The "Back" button

All web browsers have a "Back" function (most often a clickable button at the top of the browser window) that takes you back to the last page you were viewing. You can use the "back" button several times in succession to back up several steps.

Some pages in LiteracyLink (for example, these help pages) will ask you to use your back button to go back to the page you just left. Using the back button preserves any work you were doing before you went elsewhere. For example, if you were filling out a form on another page, it will still be as you left it.

Area graphic links

Area Graphic Links

Four area graphic links (gold circles) allow you to move easily between Begin, Teach, Learn, and the online lessons (Workplace Essential Skills, Pre-GED, GED Connection). Click the graphic links at the top of each inside page to move between areas, whether you are logged in or looking around.

  • Begin is an orientation for learners and teachers
  • Teach provides tools, resources and in-depth information for teachers using LiteracyLink online
  • Learn is LiteracyLink Central for online learners
  • Workplace Essential Skills, Pre-GED and GED Connection online lessons provide a core learning experience.

The Home Space icon

You can get back to your Home Space from anywhere in this website by clicking on the green Home Space icon Home Space icon that appears in the top right corner of every LiteracyLink web page.

The You've Got Mail icon

Click the You've Got Mail icon You've Got Mail icon in the top right corner of all pages from anywhere in this website to go straight to the message center. A red X over the icon No Mail indicates you have no new mail.

Blue Navigation Bar

Blue Navigation Bar

The blue navigation bar, at the top of every page, gives you a quick way to get help and general information, to log in, and to log out.

  • Help – if you have a question or problem
  • About – an overview of the LiteracyLink project
  • Site Map – a guide to the core areas of the site and information about accessing them
  • Log In – your doorway to your LiteracyLink Home Space, tools, and online lessons
  • Exit – a quick way to log out

“Breadcrumbs”/Gray Navigation Strip


All content pages in LiteracyLink use a navigation feature called "breadcrumbs" on the gray navigation strip just below the header banners. Think about the story of "Hansel and Gretel," where the children dropped a trail of breadcrumbs so they could find their way home through the forest. The text labels in the navigation strip work the same way.

The Navigation Strip serves two purposes:

  • To help you understand where in the system you are, and
  • To allow you to return easily to higher levels in the overall hierarchy.

A sample “breadcrumb” trail navigation strip might look like this:


As you move through LiteracyLink, the labels at the top will change to reflect your location. The rightmost word or phrase shows your current location; the words to the left show the levels "above" where you are. In the example above, you are on a page called "Message Center," which you got to from your Home Space, which is part of LiteracyLink, the whole system. LiteracyLink is always first in the list, since it is the top level of the system.

Direct links (External Links) in page content

Much navigation is handled by direct links within the page. Links may be words or clickable images. The word "click" comes from the "click" sound of depressing a computer mouse button; in this context, to "click" on a link means to point your mouse or cursor and press and release the button. Systems without mice (like WebTV, text-based browsers like Lynx, or other non-computer browsers) generally have an equivalent to clicking, like the right-arrow key (for Lynx), or an "Enter" or "activate" button.

When you click a link to online content from the page you are working on, the site you link to will open in a new window. This way, you'll be able to see information on a linked site while you complete Internet Activities, and move back and forth between the two sites.

The Title Bar

Resize Window

Use the buttons at the end of the Title Bar (at the top of the window) to minimize, resize or close your active window.

If you click the minimize button Minimize the window will disappear from your desktop but a small box with a text label will remain on the taskbar. which is probably at the bottom of your screen (see below). To restore the window to its previous size, click the text label.

The resize button allows you to change the size of the window; it will either look like this: Restore or like this: Maximize. The resize button doesn't indicate the window's current size; it gives you a way to change the size.

If your window is full size, the resize button will show two overlapping squares, like this Restore. Clicking on the resize button will reduce the size of your window so that you can see part of another open window. When the window is reduced, the resize button will show a single square, like this Maximize.

When the window is reduced, you can click on the Title Bar and drag the window to another position on your computer screen. You can also "grab" the corner or edge of the window and resize it. This capability makes it easy to see more than one open window at the same time.

The close button close is used to close a window when you are done with it. If you see more than one close button in the top right corner, click the lower one.

The Taskbar

The taskbar runs across one edge of the screen, usually the bottom. In the left corner of the taskbar (or top, if it's vertical) you will see the "Start" button. The taskbar looks like this:

XP System Taskbar:
 XP Taskbar

98 System Taskbar:
98 Taskbar

2000 System Taskbar:
2000 Taskbar

The taskbar will show any windows currently open on the desktop as small boxes with file names. The file name for the active window, which appears in front of any other open windows, looks as though it's pressed in.

You can move between open windows easily by clicking various file names on the taskbar. A shortcut for this function is Alt Tab.

To restore a minimized window, click the file name on the taskbar.

LiteracyLink Site Map

The Site Map gives an overview of LiteracyLink Online, and provides links to the core areas of the site.