Internet Explorer

In Windows 8 Internet Explorer is the current default web browser. Learn all about using Windows 8 IE together in this free lesson.

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. Select the New Tab button. Alternatively, press Ctrl+T on your keyboard. A new tab will appear.


    screenshot of Internet Explorer 11Selecting the New Tab button
  2. Type a URL in the address bar and press Enter, or select a frequently visited site to navigate to a new page.
    screenshot of Internet Explorer 11Selecting a frequently visited site
  3. The page will appear in the new tab.
    screenshot of Internet Explorer 11The new tab

To switch between tabs:

  1. Select the desired tab.
    screenshot of Internet Explorer 11Selecting a tab
  2. The tab will be selected.
    screenshot of Internet Explorer 11The newly selected tab

To close a tab:

To view two windows side by side:

  1. Open the desired websites as tabs.
  2. Right-click a tab and then select Open tab in new window.
    screenshot of Internet Explorer 11Selecting Open tab in new window
  3. The websites will appear side by side.
    screenshot of Internet Explorer 11Viewing websites side-by-side

To open a link in a new window:

  1. Right-click the desired link, then select Open link in new window.
    screenshot of Internet Explorer 11Opening a link in a new window
  2. The websites will appear side by side.