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What is Lynx?
How do I Access Lynx?
How do I Use Lynx?
Lynx Command Summary

What is Lynx?

Lynx is a "browser" program like Netscape or Internet Explorer that can access information on World Wide Web [WWW]. Unlike Mosaic or Netscape, Lynx does not p rovide access to images, film or sound, but does allow you to read the text of any WWW document, and to select hypertext links in these documents. You can use Lynx to go to any WWW document, to fill out forms available on WWW, to print and save files and perform many other tasks. (For more information about browsers, click here.)

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How do I access Lynx?

If you have a campus e-mail account (or any UNIX e-mail account):
1. Some e-mail accounts provide Lynx as part of their service. To find out if yours does, type lynx at the % prompt. If you have Lynx, this command will take you to a Lynx menu screen. If not, try the second method.
2. If you have a campus e-mail account, but do not have Lynx as part of your e-mail service, you will need to use the telnet command to get to a Lynx provider. If you have a UCLINK2 or UCLINK3 account, you will need to type the letter x f irst to get the the % prompt. From the % prompt:

If you do not have a campus e-mail account:
If you have a modem at home, but do not have a campus e-mail account, you can use the "Remote Access" leaflet instructions to dial in to the campus network.
At the Annex: prompt, type telnet infolib.berkeley.edu 70 and follow the instructions above.

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How do I use Lynx?

You will notice that some words or phrases on any Lynx screen will be highlighted. These highlighted phrases are hyptertext links, and are what you use to go to other documents. To select a highlighted phrase, use your arrow and return keys. As you arrow through the document, your cursor will move from one hypertext link to the next. The choice you are currently at will be highlighted in reverse color. If you press the return key, the link your cursor is on will be selected and you will move to t hat document.

If you have the URL for a specific document, you can go directly to that document by typing the letter g. You will then be prompted for the URL.

Lynx also provides help screens, which you can see at anytime by typing ? or H.

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Lynx Command Summary

To move through the document:

[Down Arrow] Highlight the next link
[Up Arrow] Highlight the previous link
[Right Arrow], [Return], [Enter] Choose the highlighted link and move to that document
[Left Arrow] Go back to the Document you previously viewing
[Spacebar], + Go to the next page of the current document
b, - Return to the previous page of the current document

To move through World Wide Web:

q Quit Lynx
m Return to the main screen
g Go to a specific document (must enter URL for that document .)
[backspace] Go to your session history list

Downloading, mailing and printing:

d Download the current document
p print to a file, mail , printers or other
z Cancel transfer in progress

Options for users who have Lynx as part of their e-mail service:

a Add the current document to your bookmark file
l Add the current link to your bookmark file
r Remove a bookmark
v View your bookmark file

Other options:

?, H Help (for current screen)
Show HTML markup for current document
= Show URL for current document
[control] R Reload the current document
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Quick Links
Web browsers guides: Internet Explorer & Netscape | Netscape Essentials | Lynx Basics

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