Internet Explorer 11 is included in the Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 update. Internet Explorer makes it easier to get where you want to go on the web, and helps you see amazing content at its best. By learning some common gestures and tricks, you’ll be able to comfortably use your new browser and get the most out of your favorite sites.
Note: If you aren't using Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, go download the latest Internet Explorer for your operating system.
Let's get started. To open Internet Explorer 11, tap or click the Internet Explorer tile on the Start screen.
The address bar is your starting point for browsing the web, with a combined address bar and search box so you can surf, search, or get suggestions all from one place. It stays tucked out of the way when you’re not using it to make more room for sites. To make the address bar appear, swipe up from the bottom of the screen, or click the bar at the bottom of the screen if you're using a mouse. Here are three ways to use it:
Surf. Enter a URL in the address bar to go to straight to a site. Or, tap or click the address bar to see sites you visit often (these are your frequent sites).
Get suggestions. Don’t know where you want to go? Enter a word in the address bar to get website, app, and search suggestions as you type. Just tap or click one of the suggestions above the address bar.
With tabs, you can open many sites in one browsing window, so it's easy to open, close, and switch between sites. The tabs bar shows any tabs or windows you have open in Internet Explorer. To show the tabs bar, swipe up from (or click) the bottom edge of the screen.
You can also open multiple windows in Internet Explorer 11, and view two of them side-by-side. To open a new window, press and hold (or right-click) the Internet Explorer tile on the Start screen, and then tap or click Open new window.
You can view two windows side-by-side on your screen. Open one window, and drag down from the top edge to the right or left side of the screen. Then, drag the other window in from the left side of the screen.
You can keep the address bar and tabs docked on the bottom of the screen to quickly open sites and search.
Open the Settings charm, tap or click Options, and under Appearance, turn Always show the address bar and tabs to On.
Once you’ve learned the basics of using your browser, you can change your home pages, add favorite sites, and pin sites to your Start screen.
Home pages are the sites that open each time you start a new browsing session in Internet Explorer. You can choose multiple sites—like your favorite news sites or blogs—to load when you open the browser, so the sites you visit most are ready and waiting for you.
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
Tap or click Options, and under Home pages, tap or click Manage.
Enter the URL of a site you’d like to set as a home page, or tap or click Add current site if you’re on a site you’d like to make a home page.
Saving a site as a favorite is a simple way to remember sites you like and want to visit often. (If you've updated to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8, and signed in using your Microsoft account, any favorites you had were imported automatically.)
Go to a website you want to add.
Pinning a site creates a tile on the Start screen, giving you one-touch access to that site. Some pinned sites will show notifications, so you know when new content is available. You can pin as many sites as you like, and organize them into groups on the Start screen.
Swipe up from (or click) the bottom edge to bring up the app commands.
Tap or click Options, and under Reading view, choose a font style and text size.
Here are a few different style options you can choose from.
When you come across an article or other content that you’d like to read later, just share it to your Reading List instead of emailing yourself a link or leaving extra browsing tabs open. Reading List is your personal content library. You can add articles, videos, or other content to it right from Internet Explorer without leaving the page you’re on.
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Share.(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Share.)
Tap or click Reading List, and then tap or click Add. The link to your content is now stored in Reading List.
Socialize, shop, study, share, work—these are all things you probably do daily on the web that might make your personal information available to other people. Internet Explorer helps protect you with better behind-the-scenes security and more control over your privacy. Here are a few ways that you can help you protect your privacy while browsing:
Use Tracking Protection and Do Not Track to help protect your privacy. Tracking refers to the way that websites, third-party content providers, advertisers and others learn about how you interact with sites. This might include keeping track of what pages you visit, links you click, and products you purchase or review. In Internet Explorer, you can use Tracking Protection and Do Not Track, to help limit the info that third parties can collect about your browsing, and express your privacy preferences to sites you visit.
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