Thursday, February 17, 2011

Internet Explorer 9's most useful keyboard shortcuts

Microsoft has been at pains to point out just how slimline the IE9 interface is -- it's a whole six pixels more svelte than Chrome! -- but its minimalistic sparseness comes at a price: you need a magnifying glass to see the buttons, and almost everything is hidden behind at least two or three mouse clicks.

Fortunately, there's plenty of keyboard shortcuts:
  • Alt+C -- pop open the Favorites/Feeds/History window
  • Alt+X -- pop open the Tools (Cog icon) menu
  • Alt+Left/Right -- move back/forward through your history
  • Ctrl+L -- sets your keyboard focus to the One Bar (address bar), and selects the current URL (ripe for Ctrl+C!)
  • Ctrl+Shift+L -- if you have a URL in your clipboard, this shortcut loads it; if you have a text string in your clipboard, it searches your default search engine for it (very cool)
  • Ctrl+D -- add the current page to your Favorites (bookmarks)
  • Ctrl+B -- organize your Favorites
  • Ctrl+J -- opens the Download Manager
  • Ctrl+K -- duplicates your current tab
  • Ctrl+Alt+P -- pop open an InPrivate Browsing window
  • Alt+N -- give focus to the new bottom-hugging Notification bar (then Enter for the first button, or Esc to dismiss it)
  • F12 -- open the (fantastic) developer console (and once it's open, and has focus, Alt+7/8/9/Q changes the rendering mode)
All of the usual key combos work, obviously: Ctrl+T, Ctrl+W, Ctrl+N, Ctrl +, Ctrl -, and so on.

For more IE9 tips, see our tips index, or read our complete IE9 guide.

Internet Explorer 9's most useful keyboard shortcuts originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 16 Feb 2011 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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