How to Open an Internet Browser

Internet browsers allow a person to view the Internet.

A popular use for computers is browsing the Web. The Internet can provide hours of entertainment and can also be a productivity tool. Every computer comes with a Web browser. The Web browser is a program that, when opened, allows you to view and interact with the Internet. Apple computers come installed with the Web browser Safari, and Windows computers have Internet Explorer pre-installed.

Using a Mac

Step 1

Open the Finder. This is done by double-clicking the Finder icon, which is the permanent left-most icon in the Apple Dock at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2

Double-click on the Applications folder within the Finder window. When opened the Finder will display all of the folders stored on the computer in alphabetical order; the Applications folder will be near the top of the list.

Step 3

Scroll down to Safari and double-click it to open the Web browser. Like the main Finder, programs are listed inside the Applications folder in alphabetical order.

Using a PC

Step 1

Click the Start button located in the bottom left of the screen on the Windows Task Bar. The Windows Start Menu will appear.

Step 2

Hover the mouse over Programs and a side menu will appear listing the programs on the computer.

Step 3

Click on Internet Explorer from the Programs menu to start browsing the Web.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer

  • Web browser

  • Internet connection


If you are using a Mac you can drag the Safari icon from the Applications folder to the Dock for faster and easier access.

Windows users can create a Desktop Shortcut by hovering over Internet Explorer in the Programs menu, right-clicking and selecting "Create Shortcut." This will place an Internet Explorer icon on the desktop for faster access.


Make sure that you have installed any needed anti-virus software on your computer before browsing the Internet.