The Internet Explorer 8 web browser is among the world's most popular browsers. Learn how to browse the web with it here.
Internet Explorer 8 makes browsing the Web easy. In this lesson, we'll talk about using the address and search bars. You'll also learn how to use tabs, access your browsing history, and view your downloads.
If you don't have a lot of experience using a web browser, you may want to review our lesson on Browser Basics, which covers the basic points of web browsing in more detail.
Internet Explorer 8 has improved the Address Bar and Search Bar to make them function in a smarter way. Have you ever forgotten a previous web address or the full name of something you were searching for? The Address and Search bars now provide suggestions to help you find what you're looking for.
The Address Bar assists you in recalling previously entered websites. As you enter your address, it will search across your History, Favorites, and RSS Feeds for matches. It highlights the matching characters in blue, making it easier to identify results at a glance.
Internet Explorer 8 has search capabilities that provide suggestions as you enter your search terms. If you see a search suggestion you like, you can click on it without having to finish typing. This can be quite convenient.
Some search providers like Bing, Amazon, and Wikipedia will show visual suggestions for you to choose from. Visual suggestions can offer you previews and answers all on their own.
By default, the search provider in the search bar is the Bing search engine, but additional search providers can be added or changed as you desire. Maybe you prefer searching with Google or Amazon for shopping, or ESPN for sports news.
Internet Explorer 8 includes several features to make browsing the Web more convenient, such as tabs.
Internet Explorer uses four buttons for navigation: the Back, Forward, Refresh, and Home buttons.
Next to the navigation buttons, Internet Explorer has a convenient Recent Pages drop-down button that lets you choose which page you want to recall. This eliminates the need to hit the forward and back buttons numerous times before you find the page you want. It also has an option for opening History to search further back in your browsing history.
Like all browsers, IE allows you to open new windows to view different pages. In addition, IE allows you to open multiple websites in the same window using tabs. Tabs are usually more convenient than opening several windows at the same time.
New Tab Page Options
To make navigation easier, you can preview your tabs by clicking the Quick Tabs button and selecting the tab you desire.
The Tab Groups feature color codes your related tabs and arranges them next to each other. In order to use Tab Groups, you will need to open a new page by right-clicking on the desired link and selecting Open in New Tab.
Related pages will be grouped and color coded for easier access. You can see a list of the tabs by clicking on the Tab List drop-down button.
Find on this Page is a useful tool that allows you to locate search terms on a page.
Like all browsers, Internet Explorer saves your browsing history, which includes details and cookies from the sites you visit. You can search your history to find a previously viewed page or delete your history for the sake of privacy.
There may be times when you want to delete your browsing history for safety or privacy reasons. Perhaps you do not want others to view the pages you have browsed on your computer.
You can go to the Tools command and select Internet Options to access Browsing history. From here, you can select Settings to customize options for your browsing history, including what details to record and how often to delete the history.
At times, you will want to download files or save images from the Web to your computer. The process of downloading a file varies from site to site, so it may require some trial and error. Sometimes when you click on a link, it downloads automatically, but other times it just opens within your browser.
A good practice for successful downloading is to right-click the link and select Save Target As. By doing this, you will be able to choose the folder where the file is saved.
For various reasons, many websites do not allow you to download content. For example, YouTube does not offer a way to download its videos.