Top 60 Microsoft Internet Explorer Shortcut Keys (Excel-PDF)

The Internet has made revolutionary changes in the life of everyone. Android applications have made it easier and one doesn’t need to open the browser and type the web address to access the websites. But it doesn’t make the significance of the web browser lesser. While using a PC you need to access the websites via a browser. There are lot many people who don’t like to access webpages on cell phones as they look small.

There is a lot of competition in the field of web browsers as well. There are – Windows internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Brave, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and many more.

Internet Explorer is the default internet browser of the Windows operating system. In the windows operating system, this browser is updated and it got a new name that is Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer was developed by Thomas Redum. It was developed by Microsoft Corporation in the year 1995. It was developed in the programming language C++. The address bar of the website is called URL it is the address of the website you wish to visit.

Features of Internet Explorer


This option let you add your favorite website that you like to visit every time. You can add to your favorite by clicking on the star at the end of the web address bar. As you will click on the favorite option of Internet Explorer you will get the list of your favorite site. By clicking on any one of them you will go directly to the webpage you marked as a favorite.


With this trick, you can save the content to access later. You can save images, text, or even the full webpage. You can synchronize your collection among you all devices on which you are using internet explorer. It can be the cell phone, tab, or your PC.


With the history option, you can see what sites you have accessed during a specific time. This is very useful when many people are accessing the PC and you want to check what the others are accessing are they checking your private searches or accessing your emails etc.


This tab gives you information about the download history. You can also check the saved location of the download.


You can install the desired apps to improve your productivity.

Web Capture

With the help of the web capture option, you can capture a screenshot of a specific area or a complete page.

In this article, we have given some shortcut keys of Internet Explorer which will help you to save time from your daily routine operation. You can even download the shortcuts in PDF or Excel format for future reference.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Shortcut Keys List

1.Tabbed Browsing main:

Open new tab in same window. Ctrl+T
Duplicate current tab. Ctrl+K
Jump to next / jump to previous browser tab. Ctrl+Tab/Ctrl+Shift+Tab
Close the current tab. Ctrl+W
Restore closed tab (open previously closed tab). Ctrl+Shift+T
Show Tabs: Open or close quick tab view. Ctrl+Q
Show Tabs: Open list of tabs. Then use arrow keys and enter to select or escape to exit. Ctrl+Shift+Q
Jump to browser tab 1 – 9. Ctrl+1 … ctrl+9
Open link in new background tab (sometimes link is opened in new window; as an alternative, use right mouse button and press w). On Link: ctrl+ left mouse button
Open typed webpage address in new background tab. Alt+Enter

2.Navigate Webpages in IE8:

Scroll down / scroll up inside a webpage. Arrow Down/Arrow Up
Jump one page down / jump one page up (space / shift+space works as well). Page Up/Page Down
Move to the beginning or end of a document. Home/End
Increase text size / decrease text size (zoom in and out). Ctrl+[+]/Ctrl+-
Reset text size to default (zoom to 100%). Ctrl+0 (zero)
Move forward / move backwards through items on a webpage. Press and hold tab button to skip through multiple links. Tab/Shift+Tab
When on link: Display a context menu for a link. Shift+F10
Activate a selected link. Enter
In web forms: move forward / move backwards through form items. Press space to activate action buttons, select boxes, or radio buttons. Tab/Shift+tab, and enter /Space
Select all content on webpage. Ctrl+A
Refresh the current webpage. F5/Ctrl+R
Refresh the current webpage with cache override. Ctrl+F5
Turn caret browsing on or off (movable cursor on page). F7
Stop loading webpage. Esc

3.Favorites, History, and Search:

Open Favorites box. Ctrl+I
Open Favorites box in pinned mode. Ctrl+Shift+I
Open History box. Ctrl+H
Open History in pinned mode. Ctrl+Shift+H
Open Feeds. Ctrl+J
Open Feeds in pinned mode. Ctrl+Shift+J
In the History or Favorites boxes, open link as background tab. Ctrl+ left mouse click
Add the current webpage to favorites. Ctrl+D
Open the Organize Favorites dialog box. Use tab to navigate and alt and shift+alt to move items up or down in list. Ctrl+B
Open find window. Press escape to exit. Ctrl+F/F3

4.Main for Privacy Settings:

Turn in-private filtering on or off (watch icon change in status bar) Ctrl+Shift+F
Open private browsing window / incognito mode. Ctrl+Shift+P
Open ‘Delete Browsing History’ Menu. Ctrl+Shift+Delete

5.Manage IE8 Windows:

Opens the title bar menu. Alt+Space
Restore Window (default Windows feature). Alt+Space+Enter
Maximize Window (default Windows feature). Alt+Space+X
Minimize Window (default Windows feature). Alt+Space+N
Toggle regular window / full screen without toolbars Alt+Shift+Enter
Turn full page view on or off (default Windows feature). F11
Move forward between window elements. F6
Open a new browser window. Ctrl+N
Close IE8 Window. F4

6.Instant Search:

Jump to the Instant Search box (box on top right corner of browser window). Ctrl+E
View list of search providers. Ctrl+Arrow Down
Open search results in new tab. Alt+Enter

7.The Rest:

Print the current webpage. Alt+P
Open Developer Tools. F12
Open location. Ctrl+O/Ctrl+L
View webpage source in default editor (used to be ctrl+u but that was discontinued). Alt+V+C
Display Internet Explorer Help or to display context Help about an item in a dialog box. F1

8.Top shortcuts:

Go to Home webpage. Alt+Home
Go to next / previous webpage. Alt+Arrow Right/Alt+Arrow Left
Jump to address bar. f6 additionally navigates through window elements. Alt+D/F6
Complete a .com address in address bar: adds “http://” prefix and a “.com”-suffix, then loads the webpage. Ctrl+Enter
Complete an URI in address bar with user-defined suffix: adds “http://” prefix and suffix (e.g. .net, .org, .de, …), then loads the webpage. Set the suffix in tools:options (alt+t, then o), languages (alt+l), and enter to suffix field at bottom. Ctrl+Shift+Enter
Open webpages visited in the past when in address bar. Includes Favorites and History. Navigate with arrow keys and enter to visit. Alt+Arrow Down/F4
Delete past visited webpages from address bar history (also see shortcut above). Delete/Shift+Delete

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