Your web browser, e.g. Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox, is the software that enables your computer to display webpages. You may need to adjust your web browser settings to enable the browser to open the recommended websites.
If you cannot see any links on the Usborne Quicklinks website your web browser security settings may be too high so your browser will not display links to external websites. To check the security settings in Internet Explorer, click on "Tools" and then "Internet Options" in the menu at the top of your browser. Click on the "Security" tab and set the slider to "Medium High".
Quicklinks recommended websites open in new windows, or "pop-ups", when you click on a link. You may need to change your web browser pop-up blocker settings so the recommended websites can open.
To change the settings in Internet Explorer, click on "Tools" and then "Pop-up blocker" in the menu at the top of the browser. If the pop-up blocker is turned on, you will be able to click on "Pop-up Blocker Settings". In order to allow Quicklinks to work properly, set the pop-up blocker to Medium.
To change the settings in Firefox, click on "Tools" and then "Options". In the pop-up window, click on "Content" and then click on "Exceptions" next to the "Block popup windows" option. Here, you can add the web address "www.usborne.com" to the allowed sites list so pop-ups will work on Usborne Quicklinks.
Plug-ins are small, free programs that enable your browser to display video, animations, sounds and 3-D images. If you visit a website and you don't have one of the plug-ins you need, there will usually be a message on the site, and a button to download the plug-in. Make sure you have the latest versions of plug-ins, so you can view the most recent material on the internet.
Here are the most common plug-ins you may need, with links to download them. When you download a plug-in for the first time, you will usually need to save the file to your computer, and then find the file and run it.
Displays animated website content.
Download or update Adobe Flash Player
Enables you to read and print out documents in Adobe pdf format.
As usual, make sure you have the most up-to-date version.
Download or update Adobe Reader
Displays animated multimedia features programmed in Shockwave or Flash.
Download or update Adobe Shockwave Player
Plays video, music, sound, animations and 3-D scenes.
Download or update Quicktime
For watching video clips and playing audio files.
If you are using Windows you should already have this media player.
Download or update Windows Media Player
To keep your computer secure it is essential to regularly download the free software updates provided by the manufacturer of your computer's operating system, e.g. Microsoft or Apple.
Click on the "Start" button, then choose "Help and Support". Click on the link for "Windows update" then follow the online instructions.
Choose "Software Update" from the Apple menu, then review and install the latest downloads for your computer.
The BBC WebWise website has useful information on browser settings, plug-ins and more.
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