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IE Tutorial? Hidden features.

 8:38 am on Oct 8, 2001 (gmt 0)

We mostly stick to discussions here from the "page side" of browser usage (eg: we talk about displays and how to control them). However, for the third week in a row, I've discovered a new user features in IE and a couple in Mozilla.

Are there any decent run downs out there of keyboard and mouse usage in the major browsers? The docs to these things are terrible because you have to wade through 50 pages of new user introductions to find one thing out you didn't know.

I recently found out that you could roll the scroll wheel while holding the control key to increase font size in IE. It was completely by accident (something I do often in Opera to zoom a page). Those types of little tidbits are what I'm looking for.



 10:40 am on Oct 8, 2001 (gmt 0)

Neat Trick Brett!

This may be simple, but hold down the shift key while clicking on a link to open it in a new window - just like Opera.

Left and right arrow keys will scroll wide pages left/right - too obvious?

I got these from IE's Tip Of The Day

To make the text on Web pages larger or smaller, click the View menu, and then click Text Size. Press F5 to refresh the screen.

You can make sure the Web page you are viewing contains the latest information by pressing F5 to refresh it.

To move forward between frames, press CTRL+TAB.

To move back between frames, press SHIFT+CTRL+TAB.

You can type a word in the Address bar and press CTRL+ENTER to automatically add [www....] and .com on either side of the word.

To print the current page or active frame, press CTRL+P.

You can print a table of all the links associated with a Web page. In the Print dialog box, click Print table of links.

To search from the Address bar, type go, find, or ? followed by a word or phrase, and then press ENTER.

To change the color of links on Web pages, click the Tools menu, click Internet Options, and then click the Colors button.

To open a new Internet Explorer window, press CTRL+N.

You can drag your toolbar, Links bar, and Address bar anywhere you want them. You can even combine them to save space.

To stop downloading a page, press ESC.

To turn off the underlines in Web page links, click the Tools menu, click Internet Options, and then click the Advanced tab.

You can move your cursor into the Address bar by pressing ALT+D.

Instead of clicking the Back button, you can press the BACKSPACE key to move back a page.

To search for a word or phrase on a Web page, press CTRL+F to open the Find dialog box.

You can close the current window by pressing CTRL+W.

To display a list of the Internet addresses you have typed in the Address bar, press F4.

If you use Netscape, you can learn about differences in Internet Explorer by clicking the Help menu and then clicking For Netscape Users.

To go to a new location, press CTRL+O.

You can quickly put a shortcut to any Web page on your desktop by right-clicking in the page and then clicking Create Shortcut.


 12:13 pm on Oct 8, 2001 (gmt 0)

On occasion I accidentally changed the font size in IE and was baffled as to how I'd done it. Obviously it was the way you mention above Brett - neat feature but incredibly annoying if it keeps happening and you're not sure of the cause!


 12:35 pm on Oct 8, 2001 (gmt 0)

I got this tip from these forums - very useful - thanks whoever originally posted it ;)

in address bar view-source:http://etc.etc/redirectpage.html

Great for seeing things that the SEOs are trying to hide. (works in Mozilla, IE5, reported problems in IE5.5 - intermitent)


 6:10 pm on Oct 8, 2001 (gmt 0)

Not standard features, but a couple handy things I dl'd from windows update. "Internet Tools" I think they were called. Right click on the page, and the context menu includes "links list" (handy for finding hidden links), "Images list" - great for looking at how someone sliced up a larger image, and right clicking on images includes "Zoom In" and "Zoom Out" - self explanatory.


 6:32 pm on Oct 8, 2001 (gmt 0)

Man Brett, your a lifesaver!

I posted this thread a while back:

I still have not been able to fix the bold text in my browser. I can't wait to get home, and see if this will fix it! Thanks!


 7:17 pm on Oct 8, 2001 (gmt 0)

I think I missed the bit on "keyboard functions" earlier. This one is useful to those stuck behind web caches and firewalls.

Ctrl+Shift and click refresh to send a full refresh request (dowload latest version not from cache etc).


 7:39 pm on Oct 8, 2001 (gmt 0)


The control/roll thing doesn't work too well for changing font sizes when the style sheet defines specific font sizes, styles, etc. I just played around with it on my one web site to see how the page distorts and except for <H> tags which aren't specifically defined, nothing changed. Just an FYI for those who use style sheets.


 8:02 am on Oct 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

I think gethan wins tip of the forum for the full refresh!

Even though I've got my settings to always download latest it isn't always 100% reliable - which can be a real pain when you're debugging an include js script.

nice one :)


 8:06 am on Oct 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hold the shift key and roll the wheel on the mouse. It moves you back/forward through pages visited.


 9:03 pm on Oct 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

You can create your own Cascading Style Sheet that overrides that of the web site. Specify the CSS file by using Tools Internet Options [General tab] Accessibility.

This is very useful if you have sight problems or are colorblind, as you can increase the font size or change the colors for every web page.

There are also checkboxes to ignore colors, font styles, and font sizes on the pages. If you ignore font sizes, that will make the wheel thing work for every web site.


Under security, I set the Internet zone to be incredibly secure. I then use the Trusted zone to allow things such as JavaScript (and under IE 5.5- permanent cookies). I add web sites that I frequently visit to the Trusted zone by hand.


On the Advanced tab, turn off "Play animations in web pages". No more animated GIFs!!! You just get the first frame of every GIF. Makes browsing the web much more tolerable.


 10:10 am on Oct 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the tips.

Is there any way to do these two in IE that I use often in Opera:

Keyboard command or button to turn on or off the user style sheet?
Click a link into a new window in the background?


 3:24 am on Oct 15, 2001 (gmt 0)

this is a great thread, thanks for all the tips guys.

Since we have such a big challenge with the nimda virus, as it is many times picked up through your browser while viewing a web page, you can temp. change the associated file type for .eml to open in a safe program like notepad.exe. This will send emails picked up by Internet Explorer to notepad instead of Outlook Express which imediately infects your computer.

Open Windows Explorer, click on View in the menu, select Options or Folder Options, then select File Types. Scroll down to Outlook Express Mail Message (should have a file extension of EML). Then highlight and click Edit, highlight "OPEN" in the bottom window and click Edit below that. In the box that says "Application used to perform action" type in c:\windows\notepad.exe ...then save.

This may have other implications on your system, such as you can't double click email shortcuts any more and have Outlook open them up, but you can read them if you open Outlook first and browser to the email. And yes, you can still click on mailto: links.


 10:39 am on Oct 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

For all you drag and droppers out there:

You can create a shorcut to the current page by dragging the default or favicon in the address bar onto the desktop or into an application that accepts text such as textpad.

If you have a shortcut to a webpage on your desktop you can load it in the current browser window by dragging its icon anywhere into IE.

You can also drag an image from the current page into the address bar to view it from your cache.

Dragging links from the current page into the address bar will load that link (same as clicking the link :) probably not too useful)

Cntrl+Dragging a link into the address bar loads the linked page in a new window. This is the same as right clicking and choosing 'Open in New Window'


 10:52 am on Oct 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

Is there anyway to make a custom page in the sidebar panels?

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