Take Control Of Internet Explorer 7 with These Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts

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If you have been using Internet Explorer 7 for a while, and the new-ness has worn off, now is a good time to learn a few keyboard and mouse shortcuts to help get you around the Internet more efficiently.

Below you will find the more useful keyboard shortcuts, but first check out these two mouse shortcut gems….


1) Load From Memory –  Have you ever wrote a post or reply or comment on a page, or filled a form, or answered a survey just to find out you clicked a link by accident and ‘lost’ your work? Hold down shift and then use the mouse/keyboard scroll wheel: you can attempt to go forward or backward in your browser history from the RAM. This isn’t like the back/front buttons at the top, those take you to the URL stored, but the scroll wheel trick will load the contents from memory, and if you’re lucky, the form hasn’t been reset.

2) Change Font on the Fly –  By holding down the ctrl button using scrolling either up or down with the scroll wheel on your mouse or keyboard, you can make the font size increase or decrease as well.

(More shortcut tips can be found at  NeoSmart.net. Read the full article here: 10 Great New & Undiscovered IE7 Keyboard Shortcuts )

General shortcuts
Turn Full Screen Mode on or off
F11

Cycle through the Address Bar, Refresh button, Search Box, and items on a web page

TAB
Find a word or phrase on a page
CTRL+F
Open the current webpage in a new window
CTRL+N
Print the page
CTRL+P
Select all items on the page
CTRL+A
Zoom in
CTRL+PLUS
Zoom out
CTRL+-
Zoom to 100%
CTRL+0
 
Navigation shortcuts
Go to home page
ALT+HOME
Go backward
ALT+LEFT
Go forward
ALT+RIGHT
Refresh page
F5
Refresh page and the cache
CTRL+F5
Stop downloading page
ESC
 
Favorites Center shortcuts
Open Favorites
CTRL+I
Open Favorites in pinned mode
CTRL+SHIFT+I
Organize Favorites
CTRL+B
Add current page to Favorites
CTRL+D
Open Feeds
CTRL+J
Open Feeds in pinned mode
CTRL+SHIFT+J
Open History
CTRL+H
Open History in pinned mode
CTRL+SHIFT+H
 
Tab Shortcuts
Open link in new background tab
CTRL+left mouse button or middle mouse button
Open link in new foreground tab

CTRL+SHIFT+left mouse button or CTRL+SHIFT+middle mouse button

Close tab (closes window if only one tab is open)
CTRL+W or CTRL+F4
Open Quick Tab view
CTRL+Q
Open new tab
CTRL+T
View list of open tabs
CTRL+SHIFT+Q
Switch to next tab
CTRL+TAB
Switch to previous tab
CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
 
Address Bar shortcuts
Select the Address Bar
ALT+D

Add "http://www." to the beginning and ".com" to the end of text in Address Bar

CTRL+ENTER

Add “http://www.” to the beginning and the website address suffix you have specified to the end of text in the Address Bar*

CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

Open the website address that is typed in the Address Bar in new tab

ALT+ENTER
View list of previously typed addresses
F4
 
Search Bar shortcuts
Select the Search Bar
CTRL+E
View list of search providers
CTRL+DOWN
Open search results in new tab
ALT+ENTER

(Source: MSDN )

Comments on Take Control Of Internet Explorer 7 with These Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts Leave a Comment

March 8, 2007

uk tim @ 7:40 am #

This is not correct. Ctrl + left mouse button opens the homepage in a new browser window. It also breaks with the previous convention of selecting multiple non-adjacent list items. Well done!

March 9, 2007

uk tim @ 5:49 am #

Hi, thanks for the post. In the meantime found that it was some obscure setting in the screen driver that caused this behaviour. However, Firefox was unaffected.

March 11, 2007

Dave @ 9:42 pm #

On all sites I have read regarding a keyboard shortcut for changing the font size in IE7, they all say to use Ctrl+ and Ctrl-. However, this does not seem to change the font size, but rather "zoom" in or out on the web page. You might say the result is the same, but when you "zoom in" you lose site of the edges of the web page…a true zoom function…but when you use the VIEW > TEXT SIZE command, the text is increased and re-wraped on the page…these are two different functions and I have not been able to find a keyboard shortcut that does this…anybody?

September 11, 2007

Dirk @ 9:06 am #

Is there a keyboard shortcut to scroll to the far left of a page in IE7? I want to go all the way to the left with one command (I'm using voice commands but can say an key command.)

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