Internet Explorer Tips or IE Tips are abundant in the web. This is because the Internet Explorer is one of the earliest internet browsers in the world introduced by the Microsoft Corporation. It has already been modified and improved a number of times. Currently, IE is on version 9. This article will serve as a compilation of the most useful functions, shortcuts and tricks that a user needs to know regarding Internet Explorer.

IE Tips

IE Tips are mostly applicable to all versions of the browser. Each versionӳ interface is not much different from a previous one even if there are slight changes. Hopefully, the tips mentioned in this article will be beneficial for IE users.

The first tip is all about shortcut keys. There are a lot of shortcut keys that a person can use to navigate IE.

  • Ctrl + T allows the user to create a new tab.
  • Ctrl + N is used to open a new window.
  • F11 can be used to enter the full screen mode. The same key is used to exit the aforementioned mode.
  • Alt + Home can be used to return to the homepage.
  • Ctrl + Tab is used to go to the next tab while Ctrl + Shift + Tab is used to go to the previous tab.
  • Alt + X serves as a shortcut to tools.
  • Alt + C is a shortcut to view feeds, bookmarks and favorites.
  • The Browsing history can also be accessed through Alt + C.
  • To close a tab, Ctrl + W is used.
  • To view the menu bar, the Alt key should be pressed.

These are just selected shortcut keys that can be used to move around the browser.

The Compatibility Icon is new to the IE interface. The second tip is for the Compatibility Icon's discussion. As mentioned, Internet Explorer already has a number of versions. Some websites cannot be viewed properly because of the modifications in the IE 9 browser. The Compatibility Icon is the solution to this problem. Clicking the Compatibility Icon next to the Reload Icon in the address bar will allow the user to enter into a Compatibility View. The Compatibility View can also be accessed by pressing the Alt key » selecting Tools from the Menu Bar » and then, clicking the Compatibility View.

The third tip is about changing the size of the text and the size of the screen. By pressing the Alt key and selecting Views from the Menu Bar, the user will be able to manipulate the text and screen size of the browser. The text size options vary from: smallest, smaller, medium, large, and largest. The screen size can be changed and customized through the zoom percentage.

There are a lot of add-ons or plug-ins in Internet Explorer and the fourth tip is all about them. The user can manage and select add-ons which he or she deems important for his or her browsing experience. To manage add-ons, a user needs to press the Alt key » select Tools » and then, choose Manage Add-Ons from a cascading menu. Managing Add-Ons helps in determining sources of browsing crashes.

The fifth and last tip is about clearing temporary internet files and cookies. Temporary internet files and cookies make browsing slower than its usual speed. To delete these temporary internet files, the user must press the Alt key » go to Tools » and then select Internet Options from the cascading menu. Afterwards, select Delete found under Browsing History. If one is using a Windows 7 operating system, he or she can also delete temporary internet files and cookies through clicking the Start Button » selecting the Control Panel » choosing Network and Internet » clicking Internet Options » and then choosing delete.

The IE Tips indicated in this article, mostly centered on topics that can help make the browsing experience more convenient for users. Another thing to point out is that the IE interface is more manageable for those who have been using the Windows Operating System in their computers. Other helpful tips and facts apart from those discussed here can also be found online.

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Author : Burty Elton

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