Using IE on the Start Screen

Learn how to use Internet Explorer 11 start screen functionality so you can always use your favorite browser.

Tabs and windows

Internet Explorer allows you to open multiple websites using tabs. You can also open websites in a new window to view different sites side by side.

To open a new tab:

  1. Right-click anywhere in the screen to open the Tabs bar.
  2. Select the New Tab button. You can also press Ctrl+T on your keyboard. A new tab will appear.
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  3. Type a URL in the address bar and press Enter, or select a frequently visited site to navigate to a new page.
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  4. The page will appear in the new tab.
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To switch between tabs:

  1. Right-click to open the Tabs bar, then select the desired tab.
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  2. The tab will be selected.
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To close a tab:

To view two windows side by side:

  1. Open the desired websites as tabs.
  2. Right-click a tab, then select Open tab in new window.
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  3. The websites will appear side by side.
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To open a link in a new window:

  1. Right-click the desired link, then select Open link in new window.
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  2. The websites will appear side by side.

To close a window, click the top of the browser window and drag it to the bottom of the screen.