10 Handy Internet Explorer Browsing Tips

Is the text on your favorite website a bit small? Find out how to increase text size and other Internet tips and shortcuts.


How many of these shortcuts do you know?  Try them the next time you’re on the Internet (using Internet Explorer) to save time and make your Internet life a bit easier.

1.   Make Internet text larger:  CTRL and +  at the same time.

      Make Internet text smaller:  CTRL and - at the same time.

2.   View your Internet browsing History – CTRL and H at the same time.

3.   Add a website to your Favorites - Right click on any web page, then select
Add to favorites.  CTRL and D at the same time also works.

4.   View your Internet Favorites – CTRL and I at the same time.

5.   Add a website to your desktop  - Right click on any web page, then select Create shortcut.  You can then easily access this page by clicking on the shortcut that will be added to your desktop.  (Right click on the shortcut and click delete to remove it from your desktop.)

6.   Use your Backspace key on your keyboard instead of the back arrow to view
your previous page.

7.   Quickly jump to your address bar by clicking F6.

8.   Reopen a closed Internet tab.  If you mistakenly closed a tab, click on CTRL, SHIFT, and T at the same time to get it back.

9.   Missing IE Menu Bar – have you lost it?  That is the Internet Explorer menu bar that includes File, Edit, View, Favorites, Tools, Help.  Click ALT to bring it back. Cllick View, Toolbars, then click on Menu Bar to keep it visible.

10.  Open a new Internet tab -  CTRL and T at the same time.

Do you have any other Internet Explorer tips or tricks you’d like to share?  

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Big_E October 06, 2011 at 11:23 PM
I'm just surprised anyone still uses IE for anything...
Jeri Usbay October 08, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Most Microsoft Windows PCs purchased today have Internet Explorer pre-installed. I recently upgraded to IE 9 and I’m pretty happy with it. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari are also popular browsers. I do believe IE still has the largest user base due to Microsoft Windows pre-installation.
Big_E October 08, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Yes and No. IE is #1, but it has less than 40% of the market. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers
Rob October 12, 2011 at 03:07 PM
New PCs come with lots of stuff that you should not use and remove. The only reason to keep IE is as a backup for older pages that are not compatible with Firefox, Chrome or Safari, and that list is shrinking fast. With Windows 7, you do not need it for updates as you did with XP (Not sure about Vista, I hated it and quickly removed it). IE leaves your PC much more vulnerable to Mal-ware, Spyware and Viruses than the other browsers. Most of the tips and tricks above will work with the safer browsers.


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