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Make the Facebook Navigation Bar Your First Stop

Tips on how to use this popular feature

1.    Whenever you visit Facebook, you see a blue bar at the top of the page. This Navigation bar, appears on all Facebook pages. The Navigation bar does just what its name implies: It allows you to navigate to different pages on Facebook quickly. From here, you can get a brief view of what’s going on with your Facebook account. At the top left are small red squares over icons that may have white numbers in them.

2.   Check out the activities available from the Navigation bar:

  • Friend Requests: When you click here, you’ll see a drop-down menu showing the people who have requested your friendship online. You may click on their names to go directly to their profiles.
  • Messages: You have this many messages from other Facebook members in your message area. You may view previews of their messages here, and click to go directly to each message.
  • Notifications: If someone has posted a note on your wall, commented on a post of yours, commented on a picture you’re in, it’s a notification. Click here and you’ll get a drop-down menu.


3.    Are you looking for something on Facebook? A friend, your local coffee shop (if it has a fan page, it may post coupons), your favorite movie or author? Try out the Facebook search feature. Just start typing the name or topic in the Search box, and a drop-down list appears. As you type the words, Facebook uses the drop-down list to suggest a name (or topic) that matches what you are typing. If you see what you’re looking for, click that name or phrase. If the name doesn’t show up, click See More Results at the bottom of the drop-down list and search from there.

4.   Clicking the Home link takes you to your Home page, the hub for your news feed.

5.   Clicking the Profile link takes you to your Profile page. From there, you can see what your friends have posted on your wall as well as edit any information on the page.

6.   Next is the Account link. Once you’ve gotten connected to a few friends, what you see here is only a link to your Account.

Click the Account link and arrive at your account area where you set your preferences to control how you operate on Facebook, including how private you want to be.

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