Your Web browser and
a connection to the Internet. Using your Web browser, you can click a
link on a Web page to download software. Such links are usually labeled
clearly (they'll often say something like "Click here to download"
or simply "Download").
A number of Web sites offer software you can download. Online commercial software stores are listed, along with sites featuring shareware and freeware programs. Some good download sites :
You will need a Web
browser, Netscape Navigator (part of Netscape Communicator) or Microsoft
Internet Explorer. If you don't have a browser,you can download one now.
It's also wise
to have a compression program(see the next question).
Much of the software
on the Internet is stored in a compressed format, which makes the software
therefore faster to download. To use a compressed file after you've downloaded
it, you need
a compression program to expand it to its normal size. Popular Windows
include PKZIP and WinZip. The most popular Mac compression program is
Often the only thing
you have to do is find the downloaded file on your harddrive and double-click
it to view or install it. If the file is compressed, you'll have to decompress
it first. Sometime browsers
will decompress the file automatically; if yours doesn't, use one of the
mentioned above to decompress the file.
Sometimes the Web
site you are downloading from gives you estimated download times based
on the speed
of your modem. Some browsers also display an estimated time as they download
a file. You
can also try this online download time calculator.
Try using your computer's
find function. In Windows 95 or 98, go to Start,Find, and Files or Folders.
On the Mac, go to your Apple menu and select Find File. Then enter the
name of the file you
Most likely. Netscape
Navigator 4.0 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 can occasionally resume
interrupted downloads. The best way to find out is simply to try it: Click
on the same link you were downloading from and see if the download picks
up where it stopped. A more reliable way to resume interrupted downloads
is to use a program like GetRight,
which you can download.