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Escaping the Lock-Ins!

Escape Tips:

Internet Explorer:
If you scroll over the back button with your mouse, a small pull-down tab will appear on the right.  Clicking on it will give you a list of previously visited sites; select a safe one and you'll return to that site.

PC users can right-click their mice over the back button to get the list of visited sites.  Mac users can click and hold their mice over the back button to get the list.

Most easily, you can hit the "Go" menu at the top of your monitor.  A list of previously visited sites will appear.  Click on one and go!

Similar to Explorer, you can also scroll over the back button and either left-click and hold it, or simply right-click (Mac users see above).  Choose a previously visited site to escape.

Using either browser, if you get desperate...

  • You can simply type a new URL in your address line, or go to your "Favorites" or "Bookmarks" menu and select a link.
  • In your browser's address line (where the URL appears), a down arrow appears on the far right.  Clicking on it will give you a list of URLs you have previously typed in manually.  Click on one to move on.
  • Hit your "Home" button, which will bring you back to your start page.
  • You can also hit your "Alt+Home" keys to get there.

  • Mac users can try pressing "Command-W" to close the offending window.

  • Before you get stuck: By right-clicking on a link, you'll be able to open a new browser for a suspect link.  This allows you to close that browser completely if needed, while keeping your other browser and original URL available.

  • If you are plagued by javascripts, one surfer suggests disabling them:
    Internet Explorer:
    Click the View menu, then Internet Options, click on the "Security" tab, the click the "High (most secure)" Security radial button.


    Click the "Edit" menu, then click on "Advanced" in the "Category" box on the left, then uncheck the "Enable JavaScript" function.

  • Hit your "File" menu at the top left, then, in Internet Explorer, click on "Work Offline" (in Netscape, click "Offline", then "Work Offline" in).  Then use the back button or back pulldown menu to reach a previous, safe site.  You can then repeat the previous commands in the "File" menu, this time unchecking the "Work Offline" option.
  • If you have mouse troubles, you can use your keyboard.  Hitting the "Alt" button, then the left arrow will take you back in your surfing history.  (You can hit this button quite rapidly if you get locked in.) In some cases this will be quicker but also less effective than using your mouse.

  • You can also hit your "«Backspace" key a few times, or just hold it down.
    This may shoot you back farther that you want to go, so be cautious.

  • Hit your "Escape (Esc)" key when you see undesirable redirects loading.  This is inconsistent in the different releases of the browsers.  If it works, however, it's an easy out.
  • Hit your Stop button if you see a bogus page loading.  If you get in serious trouble, or if pop-up windows take over, hit "ALT+F4" to zap the page completely.  "Control (CTRL)+ALT+Delete" will do the same thing.

Note: Browsers and computers differ, so individual Lock-In experiences will vary.  The ways in which sites lock you in are inconsistent, and sometimes are simply a product of poor coding or design.  These Lock-In designations are meant to be a general reference guide, and may not work in all situations.

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