Lesson 2

status indicators

A Web browser provide status indicators to let the user know when it is working. Whether it is shooting stars, a waving flag or revolving circle, you can tell that the computer is working on executing your command.

status line

The status line located near the bottom of the screen reports on the current activity of the computer. This information can include what command is being worked on, how quickly the information is loading and when the computer is finished loading the document, file or page.


When the mouse pointer turns into an hourglass, clock or stopwatch (depending on your computer system) your computer is in the process of completing a command. If the system works extremely quickly, the hourglass may not appear. When waiting for a Web page to load, the "Stop" button can be clicked to stop the process before it is completed.

NOTE: Status symbols vary according to the browser or version you are using.

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