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NOTE: Functional knowledge and use of this application is the responsibility of the user.


LYNX is a browser for the World-Wide Web. Unlike most browsers, which normally require a Windows-like environment, LYNX is designed to operate on a simple character-cell, or text-based terminal emulator such as Kermit. These emulators have neither graphic nor mouse capabilities, so LYNX cannot show pictures or respond to a mouse. LYNX will show text, formatted for the limited capabilities of a terminal. If graphics are encountered, it will simply display [IMAGE] to let you know that there is supposed to be an image.

To access LYNX, at the shell prompt, enter:

frontier:~> lynx url

If no URL is specified, the default will be the University of Wyoming Home Page at

LYNX Commands



¯ Go to next highlighted link
­ Go to previously highlighted link
® Same as pressing <Enter> on a highlighted link
¬ Move back to previous document
+ Scroll down to next page
- Scroll back to previous page
= Get address information for current file or link
/ Scan the current document for a keyword
? or h Help
a Add current page to bookmark file
c Send a comment to the creator of the current document
d Download the document on your screen
g Go to a specific resource (you will have to type in its address, or URL)
m Return to main, or first, screen
o Set personal options (for example, your email address)
p Print, save or download a document
q Quit
v View your bookmark file
z Cancel document or image transfer
Backspace View your past links in the current session
Delete Same as Backspace


Sometimes links just do not seem to work the first time. Press the ¬ followed by g, then press <Enter> again and it may work the second time.


Reviewed: 0608 By: GG

Additional help with the installation and configuration of
UW-supported software is available:
Contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP (4357), option 1
Contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP (4357), option 1
Come to the student computer lab in the lobby of the
Information Technology Center.

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