You can use Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts to perform a lot of different tasks quickly, or to work without a mouse. Not all shortcuts work in both Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer for the desktop.

Top shortcuts

To do thisPress this inInternet Explorer 11Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop
To do this

Add the current site to favourites

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

Ctrl+D

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Crtl+D

To do this

Close tab

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

Ctrl+W

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Ctrl+W

To do this

Go to your home page

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

(Not available)

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Alt+Home

To do this

Delete browsing history

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

(Not available)

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Ctrl+Shift+Delete

To do this

Get help & support

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

F1

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

F1

To do this

Open browsing history

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

(Not available)

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Ctrl+H

To do this

Open a new tab

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

Ctrl+T

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Ctrl+T

To do this

Open a new InPrivate Browsing window

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

Ctrl+Shift+P

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Ctrl+Shift+P

To do this

Print the current page

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

Ctrl+P

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Ctrl+P

To do this

Refresh page

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

F5

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

F5

To do this

Switch between tabs

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

Ctrl+Tab

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Ctrl+Tab

To do this

View the application commands (address bar, frequent sites, etc.)

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

Alt+D

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

(Not available)

To do this

View downloads

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

Ctrl+J

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Ctrl+J

Search

To do thisPress this inInternet Explorer 11Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop
To do this

Open a search query in the address bar

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

Ctrl+E

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Ctrl+E

To do this

Open a search query in a new tab

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

(not available)

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Alt+Enter

To do this

Open the Address bar (to view history, favourites and search providers)

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

Ctrl+Down arrow

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Ctrl+Down arrow

To do this

Search using copied text

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Ctrl+Shift+L

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Ctrl+Shift+L

Zoom

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To do this

Zoom in (+ 10%)

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

Ctrl+Plus sign

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Ctrl+Plus sign

To do this

Zoom out (- 10%)

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

Ctrl+Minus sign

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Ctrl+Minus sign

To do this

Zoom to 100%

Press this inInternet Explorer 11

Ctrl+0

Press this inInternet Explorer for the desktop

Ctrl+0

Shortcuts for Internet Explorer for the desktop

These shortcuts will only work in the desktop browser.

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Address bar

To do thisPress this
To do this

Add www. to the beginning and .com to the end of text typed into the Address bar

Press this

Ctrl+Enter

To do this

Display a list of addresses you've typed

Press this

F4

To do this

In the Address bar, move the cursor left to the next break in the sentence

Press this

Ctrl+Left arrow

To do this

In the Address bar, move the cursor right to the next break in the sentence

Press this

Ctrl+Right arrow

To do this

Move backwards through the list of AutoComplete matches

Press this

Down arrow

To do this

Move forwards through the list of AutoComplete matches

Press this

Up arrow

To do this

Select the text in the Address bar

Press this

Alt+D

Browsing

To do thisPress this
To do this

Activate a selected link

Press this

Enter

To do this

Display a shortcut menu for a link

Press this

Shift+F10

To do this

Find something on this page

Press this

Ctrl+F

To do this

Go to your home page

Press this

Alt+Home

To do this

Go to the next page

Press this

Alt+Right arrow

To do this

Go to the previous page

Press this

Backspace or Alt+Left arrow

To do this

Move back through items on a web page (only works if tabbed browsing is turned off)

Press this

Ctrl+Shift+Tab

To do this

Move through items on a web page (only works if tabbed browsing is turned off)

Press this

Ctrl+Tab or F6

To do this

Move to the beginning of a document

Press this

Home

To do this

Move to the end of a document

Press this

End

To do this

Open a new document in Internet Explorer

Press this

Ctrl+O

To do this

Open a new window

Press this

Ctrl+N

To do this

Save the current page

Press this

Ctrl+S

To do this

Scroll towards the beginning of a document

Press this

Up arrow

To do this

Scroll towards the end of a document

Press this

Down arrow

To do this

Stop downloading a page

Press this

Esc

To do this

Toggle between full-screen and standard views

Press this

F11

To do this

Start Caret Browsing

Press this

F7

Clipboard

To do thisPress this
To do this

Copy selected items to the Clipboard

Press this

Ctrl+C

To do this

Cut selected items and copy them to the Clipboard

Press this

Ctrl+X

To do this

Paste selected items from the Clipboard

Press this

Ctrl+V

To do this

Select all items on the current web page

Press this

Ctrl+A

Favourites, history and feeds

To do thisPress this
To do this

Add site to favourites

Press this

Ctrl+D

To do this

Move selected item up in the Favourites list (in the Organise Favourites dialogue box)

Press this

Alt+Up arrow

To do this

Move selected item down in the Favourites list (in the Organise Favourites dialogue box)

Press this

Alt+Down arrow

To do this

Open the Add to favourites menu

Press this

Alt+Z

To do this

Open the Favourites menu from the menu bar

Press this

Alt+A

To do this

Open the Organise Favourites dialogue box

Press this

Ctrl+B

To do this

Pin the Favourites Center and display your history

Press this

Ctrl+Shift+H

To do this

View favourites

Press this

Ctrl+I and Alt+C

To do this

View feeds

Press this

Ctrl+G

To do this

View history

Press this

Ctrl+H

Menu bar

To do thisPress this
To do this

Open the File menu

Press this

Alt+F

To do this

Open the Edit menu

Press this

Alt+E

To do this

Open the View menu

Press this

Alt+V

To do this

Open the Favourites menu

Press this

Alt+A

To do this

Open the Tools

Press this

Alt+T

To do this

Open the Help menu

Press this

Alt+H

Notification bar

To do thisPress this
To do this

Move focus to the Notification bar

Press this

Alt+N

To do this

Click on the Notification bar

Press this

Spacebar

Tabs

To do thisPress this
To do this

Close tab

Press this

Ctrl+W

To do this

Close tabs in the background

Press this

Ctrl+F4

To do this

Open links in a new tab in the background

Press this

Ctrl+click

To do this

Open links in a new tab in the foreground

Press this

Ctrl+Shift+click

To do this

Duplicate tab

Press this

Ctrl+K

To do this

Open a new tab

Press this

Ctrl+T

To do this

Reopen the last tab you closed

Press this

Ctrl+Shift+T

To do this

Switch between tabs

Press this

Crtl+Tab or Crtl+Shift+Tab

To do this

Switch to the last tab

Press this

Ctrl+9

To do this

Switch to a specific tab number

Press this

Ctrl+n (where "n" is a number between 1 and 8)