Guide to the Journal of the House of Representatives
The Journal contains the official proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives including references to appointments, record of activity relating to bills and resolutions, reports filed and messages received from the President. Except for debates and explanations, the Journal contains the same material that appears in the Congressional Record.
The Journal is divided in four sections:
- Proceedings, Part One
- Proceedings, Part Two
- Rules of the House of Representatives
- Table of Indexes
To move from one part to another, return to the "Welcome Page" using the File pull-down menu, and choosing "Contents"
There are three components to the screen: the overview area in the left frame, the document area in the main window and the toolbar which spans the top margin of the document frames.
- The overview contains broad categories of topics which, when highlighted and selected,
provides more detailed subheadings. Further selection accesses the text of the document
- The document area contains the image of the text of the document being searched.
- The toolbar in comprised of buttons used for viewing, navigating, and searching the document.
Select an action by clicking on the appropriate button/icon:
|Click the Page Only button to view the document in a single window.|
|Click the Bookmarks and Page button to view the overview and document windows. "Bookmarks" is a term in Adobe Acrobat that refers to the content categories.|
|Click the Thumbnails and Page button to display small images of each document page in the overview window. Click on the "thumbnail" image to go to that page of the document.|
|Select the Hand button to move a document to within the document window. Use the Hand to "grab" the document page and drag as needed.|
|Select the Zoom buttons to magnify or reduce the page image.|
|Use the Select Text button to mark text that will be cut and pasted into a word-processing program.|
|Click the First Page or Last Page button to advance to the first or last page of a document.|
|Click the Previous Page or Next Page button to move through the document one page at a time.|
|Click the Go Back or Go Forward buttons to retrace your path used in searching.|
|Click the Actual Size button to display the document image at 100% of its actual size.|
|Click the Fit Page button to fit the whole document image within the document window.|
|Click the Fit Width button to make the width of the document image fit within the document window.|
|Use the Find tool to search for terms or phrases within a document. A box will appear in which the terms may be entered.|
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