Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Internet Explorer

Microsoft has introduced some new keyboard shortcuts for Internet Explorer. Here is a list of some of the most useful IE keyboard shortcuts. While some may be new, some were available in earlier versions. These keyboard shortcuts are designed to streamline repetitive actions in IE.

Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

Alt+N : Gives focus to the notification bar. Also after alt+N, ‘Enter’ accepts first button in the bar, ‘Esc’ dismisses the bar

Ctrl+L : This shortcut will put the focus in the one box for navigating and will allow you to type an address without having to use the mouse.

Ctrl+W : This will allow you to close the current tab. You can undo this by clicking Ctrl+Shift+T

Ctrl+ (1 – 9) : Want to view a specific tab. Click ‘Ctrl + 1-9’ and it will go to that actual tab. Ctrl +9 always flicks to the last tab

Ctrl+E : It will put the focus in the one box allowing you to type for searches

Ctrl+Shift+N : This will pull the current tab you are viewing out into a new window

‘Ctrl +’ and ‘Ctrl –’ : Zoom in and out using this keyboard shortcut. Clicking ‘Ctrl 0’ will return default zoom settings

Ctrl+M : Switch to the IE window where you want the tab, use with Ctrl+Shift+M to move the tab you selected before into the current window

Ctrl+J : Use this shortcut to bring up the View Downloads window

Also check out more power tips for Internet Explorer. If you are looking for a full list of Windows 7 and Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts, you can download this free TWC eBook.

Keyboard junkies may want to have a look at the complete list of Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10.

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