Browsing the Web

The Internet Explorer 11 web browser is among the world's most popular browsers. Learn how to browse the web with it here.

Windows and tabs

Like all browsers, Internet Explorer allows you to open new windows to view different sites. Internet Explorer also allows you to open multiple websites in the same window using tabs. Tabs are usually more convenient than opening multiple windows.

To open a new window:

  1. Right-click the top of the browser window and select Menu bar. The menu bar will appear.
  2. Click File, then select New window. You can also press Ctrl+N on your keyboard.
  3. A new window will appear.
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To open a new tab:

  1. Click the New tab button to the right of the open tabs, or you can press Ctrl+T on your keyboard.
  2. The new tab will appear. Type a URL in the address bar, then press Enter to navigate to a new page.
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  3. The page will open in the new tab.

Whenever you open a new tab, you'll see the New tab page. The New tab page will show you thumbnails of the websites you visit most frequently. You can click any thumbnail to navigate to that site.

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To switch between tabs:

  1. Click any tab that is not currently selected.
  2. The tab will be selected.
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You can also press Ctrl+Tab on your keyboard to switch between open tabs.

To close a tab:

To open a link in a new tab:

Tabs can make it easier to browse the web. If you find a link on a website, you can open that link in a new tab. This allows you to open the new site without losing your place on the original page.

  1. Right-click the link you want to open, then select Open in new tab from the drop-down menu. You can also hover your mouse over the link and press the scroll wheel on your mouse.
  2. The website will open in a new tab.
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  3. Click the tab to view the website.