Internet Explorer

With every version of Internet Explorer, Microsoft seems to beef up its selection of keyboard shortcuts.

Some of the shortcuts are new for this version of I.E., others have been around for a while (but aren’t widely used), and some are classics that every user should be aware of.

Below is a list of useful shortcuts for Internet Explorer 9:
  • ALT (key): Displays the old menu bar.
    • In Internet Explorer 9 most of the old interface elements have been hidden.
  • ALT-D (or CTRL-L): Moves focus to the address bar with the current URL selected.
    • This makes it easy to quickly enter a new address or copy the current address.
  • ALT-Enter: Opens a new tab then loads the URL from the address bar
  • ALT-Left arrow: Moves a page back in the browsing history.
  • ALT-Right arrow: Moves a page back in the browsing history (if it is available).
  • ALT-X: Opens the Tools menu (in the upper-right corner of the browser window).
  • ALT-HOME: Opens the default home page.
  • CTRL-B to organize your bookmarks.
  • CTRL-D: Opens Add a Favorite dialog for current page.
  • CTRL-E: Puts the address bar in search mode.
    • This makes it easy to quickly enter query into one of the search engines.
  • CTRL-F: Displays the Find dialog.
  • CTRL-H: Shows the History sidebar.
  • CTRL-I: Shows the Favorites sidebar.
  • CTRL-J: Shows the Download Manager.
  • CTRL-SHIFT-L: Opens the URL or performs a web search (using the browser’s default search engine) on the text in your clipboard.
  • CTRL-N: Opens a new Internet Explorer window.
  • CTRL-O: Displays the open Web page dialog.
  • CTRL-(Number): Switches focus to the tab that correlates to the number you press.
    • For example, if you press CTRL+1, it will go to the first tab on the left. If you press CTRL+2, it will go to the second tab from the left.
  • CTRL-P: Opens the Print dialog to print the current page or active frame.
  • CTRL-SHIFT-P: Opens a new browser window with InPrivate browsing turned on.
  • CTRL-S: Saves the current page for offline viewing.
  • CTRL-T: Opens a new browser tab.
  • CTRL-W: Closes current browser tab.
  • CTRL-TAB: Moves through browser tabs (from left to right).
    • CTRL-SHIFT-TAB: Moves through browser tabs (right to left).
  • CTRL-SHIFT-DEL: Opens the Delete Browser History Dialog.
  • CTRL-ENTER: Adds "www." to the beginning and ".com" to the end of the text in the address bar.
  • ESC: Forces the current page to stop downloading.
  • F4: Expands the address bar to display all the recently entered URLs.
  • F5 (or CTRL-R): Refreshes the current tab.
  • F11: Toggles Full Screen mode on and off.
  • F12: Opens the Developer Tools.
  • Hold down the CTRL key and click on the link to open it in a new tab in the background .
  • Hold down the SHIFT key and click on the link to open it in a new window.
  • CTRL-(+ key): Zooms into the current page.
    • Press CTRL-0 to return to 100% magnification.
  • CTRL-(- key): Zooms out of the current page.
    • Press CTRL-0 to return to 100% magnification.
  • CTRL+<Mouse wheel>: Makes the image in the windows smaller or larger depending on if you scroll the wheel up or down.
    • Press CTRL-0 to return to 100% magnification.
  • DOWN ARROW: Scroll toward the end of a document.
  • Up ARROW: Scroll toward the beginning of a document.
  • END: Move to the end of a document.
  • HOME: Move to the beginning of a document.
  • PAGE DOWN: Scroll toward the end of a document in larger increments.
  • PAGE UP: Scroll toward the beginning of a document in larger increments.
  • SHIFT+<Mouse wheel>: Go forward/back a page in browser's history
  • CTRL+TAB: Moves backward between frames.
    • SHIFT+CTRL+TAB Moves backward between frames.
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