How to Read a Webpage

Wondering how to read a webpage? Review this free lesson for more information on reading websites.

Tips for reading webpages

When you're reading a book, you might start at the top of the page and read every word until you get to the bottom. But with a webpage, this usually isn't the best way to read. Because webpages have a lot of information you don't need, your job is to find the relevant information without getting distracted by all of the other information.

Watch the video to learn some basic strategies for reading a webpage.

Basic tips for reading a webpage

You can use the following tips on almost any webpage to help you find what you're looking for.

Finding a specific word on a page

If you know exactly what you're looking for, you may not have to skim the page. Just hold down Ctrl (or Command if you're using a Mac) and then press F to open up the Find toolbar. You can then type the word or phrase you're looking for to skip to that part of the page. This is especially helpful for long articles.

Screenshot of browserFinding a word on a webpage

If the word appears more than once, you can press Enter to skip to each place where the word appears.

Screenshot of browserFinding more matches on a webpage

Go to the Purdue OWL: Email Etiquette page.

  • Where is the main content?
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Go to the Angelfish Species Profile page.

  • Where is the main content?
  • Which parts of the page contain ads?
  • Which parts of the page link to other pages on FishChannel.com?
  • According to this webpage, what types of vegetables will an angelfish eat?