I hope you have discovered some of the new features of Internet Explorer 7 – the latest and greatest update of this famous (or infamous) browser. It really is good – and it is even better if you learn a little more about it and start to use some really neat keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts will help you control your UTMTO syndrome. (That stands for Using The Mouse Too Often. OK - so I just made that up!)
Most of these shortcuts are unique to this version. But they will make IE7 even more enjoyable to use. Try them out.
A new feature of IE7 is being able to “zoom” in and out of a
webpage. You couldn’t do this in previous versions. To zoom in and out
with the mouse, click on Page icon, point to Zoom, then pick
the percentage you want to zoom – either in (larger) or out
(smaller). Notice – you can set a specific percentage by clicking on
If you have
visited several websites on one Tab, you can go back to previously
visited pages by holding down the Shift key and turning the scroll
wheel on the mouse. Also, you can go forward to websites you
viewed by holding the Shift key and turning the scroll wheel
in the opposite direction.
3. As you may know by now – Tabs are the latest and greatest new feature of IE7. There is an easy way to move through the tabs without using the mouse. Hold down the Control key and press a number to move to that tab. For example, if you press Ctrl-1, you will go to the first Tab. Ctrl-2 will go to the second Tab, and so on.
4. To close a Tab, press Ctrl-W. If you hold down the Ctrl-W, you will close every tab and when they are all closed, you will actually quit Internet Explorer. So – be careful with this one!
5. Quick Tabs can be accessed by clicking on the little square to the right of the first Tab. It actually looks like four tiny squares inside the little square. Did you find it? The keyboard shortcut to display the Quick Tabs is Ctrl-Q. This is a handy shortcut that will help cut down on UTMTO.
6. Here’s another UTMTO trick. Press Ctrl-I (as in Iditarod). This shows your Favorites. When you press this shortcut, the Favorites show as a floating panel on the left side of the screen. That is the opposite of “pinned.” If you want to see what a pinned Favorites panel is, click on the little green arrow just to the right of the word History. When you place you cursor over the green arrow it will say “Pin the Favorites Center.” Do you see the difference? OK – but don’t stop using keyboard shortcuts yet. When you are showing the Favorites panel (either pinned or un-pinned), you can use the Up and Down Arrows to scroll up and down the Favorites, and you can use the Left and Right Arrows to expand any folders. When you get to the website you want to visit, just press the Return Key. (Oh, my UTMTO syndrome is getting much better already!)
When I first
downloaded and installed IE7, I noticed that there was no Menu Bar
showing. Of course, the first thing I did was click on View, pointed
to Toolbars, and selected Menu Bar. Aha – there’s my Menu
Bar. What I didn’t realize is that the IE7 gives you the option to
hide the menu bar – on purpose.
8. Did anyone get into Feeds yet? (What’s he talking about?) I’m talking about RSS Feeds. RSS stands for Rich Site Summary. Or maybe it stands for Really Simple Syndication. Actually – they can’t seem to agree on what it stands for. Doesn’t matter. IE7 now builds these RSS Feeds right into the browser. So here how it works. (This is a hands on demonstration – so do all this stuff I am going to tell you). First of all, the Feeds Icon is just to the right of the Home Page Icon on the right side of the screen.
And – you can subscribe to these feeds. When you click on the Feeds Icon and look at the Feeds that are available, you can subscribe to them. At the top of the screen, click on the link that says, “Subscribe to this feed.” When you do, that subscription becomes active and is available at the click of a button – without having to go out to the website. You just press the shortcut key, Ctrl-J, and you will see all the Feeds that you are subscribed to in a floating (un-pinned) panel. You can also access the subscribed Feeds in the Favorites panel (Ctrl-I or the History panel (Ctrl-H). Try some of these shortcuts to see how it works.
You can learn more about Feeds. When you click on a Feed to subscribe to it, there is a link that says, “Learn more about Feeds.” You will access the Windows Internet Explorer help screen and you can read an excellent FAQ on the subject. We’ll learn more about Feeds and Feed Readers in the future.
Well – that’s it for now. Learn more about IE7 and unleash the power of the internet on your computer.
Here’s a list of the shortcuts we learned.
Ctrl - + (plus) or Ctrl- - (minus) to
Ctrl + turn the scroll wheel to Zoom in or out of a webpage.
Ctrl + 0 (zero) to return to 100% view.
Shift – turn the scroll wheel to go backward or forward to previously visited web pages.
Ctrl-W to close a Tab
Hold down Ctrl-W to close all tabs and quit Internet Explorer.
Ctrl + a number – to go to that Tab. Example: if you have 5 tabs open, and press Ctrl-5, you will go to the 5th Tab. Ctrl-4 will take you to the 4th Tab – and so on.
Ctrl – Q to open up Quick Tabs
Ctrl – I to show your Favorites. Don’t forget to use the arrow keys (Left, Right, Up, and Down) to navigate the Favorites Panel and open folders.
Ctrl – H to show the History Panel.
Press the Alt key to hide and un-hide the Menu Bar. (It has to be hidden before this will work).
Ctrl-J to open up the Feeds Panel.
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