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How to Surf the Internet on Your Nintendo Wii

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How to Surf the Internet on Your Nintendo Wii

Once you go to a web site you will see a toolbar at the bottom of the screen (unless you have changed the default toolbar setting). Mousing over a toolbar button will pop up text telling you that button’s purpose. The first three buttons are standard on any browser. “Back” takes you to pages you were on earlier, “Forward” goes the other direction, and Refresh reloads the page.

On the start page there are three big buttons, one to search for something on the Internet, one to input a web address (for example, nintendo.about.com) and a “Favorites” button which lists websites you have bookmarked (like, hopefully, nintendo.about.com).

To the right is a picture of the Wii remote, clicking on that will tell you what each button does.

There is also an operations guide that gives a detailed explanation of the browser, and a toolbar setting. Mousing over a toolbar button will pop up text telling you that button’s purpose. The first three buttons are standard on any browser. “Back” takes you to pages you were on earlier, “Forward” goes the other direction, and Refresh reloads the page.

Next are the three buttons from the start page: “Search,” “Favorites” – which allows you to go to a favorite or bookmark the current page as a favorite - and “Enter Web Address.” There is also a button that takes you back to the start page. Finally there is a smaller button, a lowercase “i” in a circle, that when clicked will tell you the title and web address of the page you’re on and let you edit that address or send it to anyone on your Wii friends list.

Navigate pages with the remote. Pressing the A button is the same as clicking the mouse button on a computer. Holding the B button and moving the remote scrolls the page. The plus and minus buttons are used for zooming in and out and the “2” button lets you toggle between a normal display and one in which the page is displayed as one long single column, which is useful for dealing with elaborately formatted websites. If you set toolbar to “Button Toggle” in the settings then you can toggle the toolbar on and off with the “1” button.

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