Most Useful Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

Most common internet explorer shortcuts

Internet Exploerr Keyboard Shortcuts come in very handy – it saves you time from fiddling around with the mouse clicks and also makes you more productive. Not to mention, you get to show your superninja keyboard skills while using Internet explorer with your co-workers. Here are the most commonly used handy shortcuts for Internet Explorer:

Most Common IE Keyboard Shortcuts

  • CTRL-N: Opens a new Internet Explorer window.
  • CTRL-T: Opens a new browser tab.
  • CTRL-W: Closes current browser tab.
  • CTRL-O: Displays the open Web page dialog.
  • Ctrl + E: Opens a search query in the address bar.
  • 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-B: Organize your bookmarks.
  • CTRL-D: Opens Add a Favorite dialog for current page.
  • 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-(Number): Switches focus to the tab that correlates to the number you press.
    • For example, CTRL+1 => goes to first tab, CTRL+2=> goes to 2nd tab and so on.
  • CTRL-P: Opens the Print dialog to print the active window.
  • CTRL-S: Saves the current page for offline viewing.
  • CTRL-SHIFT-P: Opens a new browser window with InPrivate browsing turned on.
  • 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.
  • Ctrl + Plus sign: Zooms in (+ 10%).
  • Ctrl + Minus sign: Zooms out (- 10%).
  • Ctrl + 0: Zoom to 100%
  • ALT-Enter: Loads the URL from the address bar in a new tab. Also, opens a search query in a new tab.
  • ALT-Left arrow: Goes back 1 page.
  • ALT-Right arrow: If available, goes back a page.
  • ALT-X: Opens the Tools menu (top-right).
  • ALT-HOME: Opens the default home page.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Tabs

Close tabCtrl + W
Close tabs in the backgroundCtrl + F4
Open links in a new tab in the backgroundCtrl + click
Open links in a new tab in the foregroundCtrl + Shift + click
Duplicate tabCtrl + K
Open a new tabCtrl + T
Reopen the last tab you closedCtrl + Shift + T
Switch between tabsCrtl + Tab or Crtl + Shift + Tab
Switch to the last tabCtrl + 9
Switch to a specific tab numberCtrl + n (where “n” is a number between 1 and 8)

Keyboard Shortcuts for Address Bar

Add www. to the beginning and .com to the end of text typed in the Address barCtrl + Enter
Display a list of addresses you’ve typedF4
In the Address bar, move the cursor left to the next break in the sentenceCtrl + Left arrow
In the Address bar, move the cursor right to the next break in the sentenceCtrl + Right arrow
Move backward through the list of AutoComplete matchesDown arrow
Move forward through the list of AutoComplete matchesUp arrow
Select the text in the Address barAlt + D

Keyboard Shortcuts for Menu Bar

Open the File menuAlt + F
Open the Edit menuAlt + E
Open the View menuAlt + V
Open the Favorites menuAlt + A
Open the ToolsAlt + T
Open the Help menuAlt + H

Keyboard Shortcuts for Clipboard

Copy selected items to the ClipboardCtrl + C
Cut selected items, and copy them to the ClipboardCtrl + X
Paste select items from the ClipboardCtrl + V
Select all items on the current webpageCtrl + A

Miscellaneous Keyboard Shortcuts

Add site to favoritesCtrl + D
Move selected item up in the Favorites list (in the Organize Favorites dialog box)Alt + Up arrow
Move selected item down in the Favorites list (in the Organize Favorites dialog box)Alt + Down arrow
Open the Add to favorites menuAlt + Z
Open the Favorites menu from the menu barAlt + A
Open the Organize Favorites dialog boxCtrl + B
Pin Favorites Center and display your historyCtrl + Shift + H
View favoritesCtrl + I and Alt + C
View feedsCtrl + G
View historyCtrl + H
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