Using Logo with Netscape

Sometimes you need to do two things at once

While you are reading the coursebook using Netscape, you will probably want to have the Logo application up and running so that you can check out some of the ideas. This is easy enough to handle if you are familiar with the Macintosh.

The Application menu

When you first start your session, open up the menu which you find next to the Help menu (look for the ? icon) at the top, extreme right-hand corner of the screen. It will most likely be headed by another small icon representing a computer. This is the Application menu which - amongst other things - identifies the applications which are currently open and allows you to switch between them. If you find on the menu-list the name of an application left open by a previous user of the machine - it happens often enough - switch to it (by selecting the name) and then use Quit on the File menu to shut it down. (You can't shut down Finder. That is the interface to the Macintosh operating system.)

Starting the applications

If no other applications are open, start up Logo (by double-clicking its icon). You will notice that when Logo is ready, the Application menu icon changes to a Logo icon to identify the new current application. If you open the Application menu, you will also now see Logo in the list of open applications. Select Finder from the menu - or, if you prefer, just click anywhere on the screen outside a Logo window - in order to get back to the desktop. Now you can start Netscape. Notice, again, that when Netscape is the current open application, the Application menu icon reflects the change.

Switching between applications

From this point on, with both applications resident, you can switch between Logo and Netscape by selecting the application you want to use in the Application menu. There is, however, another switching technique which is likely to be quicker if you arrange your windows conveniently.

You will know by now that clicking inside any window makes it come to the front of the screen. If the window you click in happens to belong to a different application from the one you are currently using, then the system simply switches automatically to the new application making it the current application. (And application in this sense includes the Finder, as you may have discovered). What this means, consequently, is that as long as you can always see on the screen a part of a Netscape window and a part of a Logo window, then you can flip from one application to the other by just clicking in the appropriate window.

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Ron Brasington
Department of Linguistic Science
The University of Reading