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Help – First Time Users

The FDIC Web Site provides many tools to assist you in locating and printing information on the site:
  1. Quick Links by User
  2. Information Categories
  3. Short Cuts
    1. Breadcrumb Trails
    2. FDIC Logo—Home Page Link
  4. Search
  5. SiteMap
  6. Contact Us or Provide Feedback
  7. File Formats
  8. Printing
  9. Accessibility

1 - Quick Links by User Screenshot of the fdic.gov home page with the Quick Links by User box highlighted.1. Quick Links by User
Quick Links, located on the left side of the home page, list the most popular materials categorized by "types of users" of the FDIC's web site. These links are customized to meet the needs of each group. These listings are not all-inclusive. If you cannot locate a resource on a Quick Links page, you should try the site's main navigation or the search.

These pages, revised in March 2007, are designed for the following users:

2 - Information Categories Screenshot of the fdic.gov homepage with the top navigation links highlighted.2. Information Categories
The main navigation at the top of each page consists of seven categories:

  1. Deposit Insurance - Information on insured institutions, deposit insurance coverage of individual accounts, and the deposit insurance premium system.

  2. Consumer Protection - Resources to educate and protect consumers, revitalize communities, and promote compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act and fair lending laws.

  3. Industry Analysis - Financial information on specific banks as well as analyses of the banking industry and economic trends.

  4. Regulation & Examinations - Information on banking laws and regulations and applicable policies and procedures used by the FDIC in examining financial institutions.

  5. Asset Sales - Information concerning loans, real estate, and other assets for sale by the FDIC in its role as receiver for failed institutions.

  6. News & Events - FDIC announcements and a schedule of FDIC-sponsored events.

  7. About FDIC - Explanations of who the FDIC is and what we do, as well as the corporation's plans and reports, current job openings and business opportunities with the FDIC.

3. Shortcuts

3a. The breadcrumb trail, and 3b. FDIC logo highlighted. a. Breadcrumb Trails
Many of the pages in the site contain breadcrumb trails.

The trail shows where the product lives inside the site's information architecture and contains live links to the higher level pages. The breadcrumb trail gives you one-click access to each of the pages it lists.

b. FDIC Logo—Home Page Link
The FDIC logo at the top left corner of each page is a link to the site's home page. A Home link is also contained in a list of links at the bottom of each page.

4. Search
Full Text Search - This page enables users to search the text of all materials for specific user-defined terms and phrases. The quick search box located at the top of each page on the site provides the same search capability.

An Advanced Search with several more options for focusing your search is linked from "Full Text Search" and from the search results pages.

5. SiteMap
The SiteMap lists every product on the website both in alphabetic order and by the information category in which the product lives.

6. Contact Us or Provide Feedback
Contact Us gives names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, listed both by topic and by official's title. This section of the website also provides related information like Access to Washington, DC, Facilities; Delays in Mail Delivery; and links to Other Government Financial Agencies.

Please provide your feedback on www.fdic.gov to webmaster@fdic.gov.

Every FDIC.GOV page provides a mailto link to the official responsible for that page. By clicking on that link, you open a pre-addressed form that will be e-mailed to that official.

7. File Format and Size Notation
FDIC policy is to publish Web documents in HTML. As a courtesy the website occasionally provides ancillary versions documents in other formats (e.g., Adobe Acrobat, MicroSoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and MicroSoft PowerPoint). The link to a file coded in an alternative format is accompanied by a notice giving the format, the file size and links to information about how to access files in that format.

As a rule files larger than 50K are subdivided in order to speed users' downloads.

8. Printing
Navigation/menu pages are formatted so that they will print all of a page's contents.

Content pages, however, omit the standard header when printing. If you want to print the header on a content page, you will need to use the "Print Screen" command.

All pages suppress background colors when printing.

9. Accessibility
FDIC policy is to make all products published after June 21, 2001, accessible to people with disabilities.

Last Updated 10/10/2008 webmaster@fdic.gov

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