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Keyboard Shortcuts in IE for Macintosh

Effective 12/31/2005: Internet Explorer for the Macintosh is no longer supported. We encourage our Mac customers to switch to Safari (or another browser such as Firefox) as there are no more security patches distributed for Internet Explorer for Macintosh.

Internet Explorer

For Macintosh users at JMU, Internet Explorer is the recommended browser. It has some features that are not readily known. These are some nice tips which are available at your fingertips.

Command-N or Apple-N (New Window)

What if you are looking at a page and you want to keep the page up, but also want to use a new browser window without having to navigate to re-launch Internet Explorer? Hold down the Command (Apple) key and the N key. This will bring up a new browser window.

Command-W or Apple-W (Close Window)

How about the opposite issue. What if you want to quickly close a window? Hold down the Command (Apple) key and the W key.

Command-Option-W or Apple-Option-W (Close All Windows)

What if you want to close all windows? Hold down the Command (Apple) key, the Option key and the W key.

Command-R or Apple-R (Refresh)

Refreshing is something that can be helpful with web sites. It basically is like telling the browser to reload the page "from scratch". Simply hold down the Command (Apple) key and the R key to do this. This key also works in some other applications as well.

Command-B or Apple-B (Collapse Toolbars)

If you open Internet Explorer and browse a page, hold down the Command (Apple) key and press the B key. This is a wonderful feature that provides a full-screen view. Essentially, it collapses the toolbars, the URL field where you enter web addresses, and other items, off the screen, and leaves essential navigational buttons. To return to the original view (with the menu, URL field, etc.), hold down the Command (Apple) key and press the B key again.

Command-L or Apple-L (Select/Show Address Bar)

Another nice tip at your fingertips is holding the Command (Apple) key and pressing L. This highlights the text URL field (Address Bar where you enter web addresses) or will show the Address Bar if it is hidden.

Command-Option-L or Apple-Option-L (Open Location)

This key sequence will bring up an Open Location dialog box where you can type in a web address (URL) to go to.

Command-Return or Apple-Return (www. prefix and .com suffix)

One of my favorite tips is using Command-Return. When you type in the address of a web site, it may seem tiresome to type .com on many of the addresses. It can be even more cumbersome to have to put www at the beginning for those sites that actually require a www (few sites require this, but you will know it when you encounter one). Let's say you want to go to Apple's site. In the URL field, type Apple and then press Command and Return. This shortcut automatically inserts the www before and the .com after Apple and goes to the page in a new window.

Command(Apple)-End or Command(Apple)-Down Arrow (Bottom of Page)

This key combination is a quick way to move to the bottom of a web page.

Command(Apple)-Home or Command(Apple)-Up Arrow (Top of Page)

This key combination is the opposite. It is a quick way to move to the top of a web page.

Command + or Apple + (Enlarge Text)

This key combination enlarges the text.

Command - or Apple - (Reduce Text)

This key combination reduces the text size.

Command-F or Apple-F (Find)

If you hold down the Command (Apple) key and the F key, then you can search for text on the web page.

Command-G or Apple-G (Find Again)

If you hold down the Command (Apple) key and the G key, then you repeat the search for text on the web page as described above.

Command(Apple)-Esc or Command(Apple) with . (period) (Stop Loading)

These key sequences halt the loading of a web page.

Command-E or Apple-E (View Source)

View the source code for the web page.

Command(Apple)-[ or Command(Apple)-Left Arrow (Back)

Go back a page.

Command(Apple)-] or Command(Apple)-Right Arrow (Forward)

Go forward a page.

Command-Q or Apple-Q (Quit)

Quit Internet Explorer.

Command-D or Apple-D (Add to Favorites)

This will add the current page to your Favorites.

Command-K or Apple-K (Add URL to Favorites)

Allows you to enter a web address (URL) to your Favorites.

Command(Apple)-J or Command(Apple)-2 (Open Favorites)

These key sequences open the Favorites window.

Command-4 of Apple-4 (Download Manager)

Open the Download Manager.

Command-3 of Apple-3 (History)

View History.

Command-; or Apple-; (Preferences)

Unlike many Macintosh applications where Command-, opens Preferences, in Internet Explorer, you hold down the Command (Apple) key and press the ; key to access Preferences.

Obviously, you can use these in combination.

Try it!

  • Open Internet Explorer.

  • Maximize the window.

  • Press Command-N to open a new Window.

  • If the URL field is not highlighted, press Command-L.

  • Type Google and then press Command-Return.

  • Press Command-B to change the view.

  • When you are finished browsing, press Command-B again to restore the original view.
  • Press Command-W to close the window.

Now you have some useful tips at your fingertips. Happy browsing!