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The best free Internet Explorer 8 add-ons

Eight ways to improve browsing with IE8


When Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 8 it made much of the web browsers new features that were intended to provide greater security and ease of use. We've put together eight tips will help you take advantage of these new and enhanced features.

Don't forget these keyboard shortcuts

Getting tired of moving your hands from the keyboard to the mouse and back again for every little task? Learn these keyboard shortcuts to transform your browsing into an exercise in ninja-like efficiency.

Ctrl+f Open the 'Find in page' dialogue

Ctrl++ (plus sign) Zoom in

Ctrl+- (minus sign) Zoom out

Ctrl+0 (zero) Return view to 100 percent

Ctrl+p Print page (check 'Selection' to print only selected text)

Alt+Home Go to the home page

Alt+left arrow Back

Alt+right arrow Forward

Alt+d Select the Address Bar

Ctrl+e Select the Search Box

Alt+Enter Open Search Box results in new tab

Ctrl+click Open link in new background tab

Ctrl+Shift+click Open link in new foreground tab

Ctrl+w Close current tab

Ctrl+t Open new tab

Ctrl+n Open current tab in new window

Ctrl+Tab Switch to next tab

Ctrl+Shift+Tab Switch to previous tab

F4 Open list of previously typed URLs in Address Bar

F5 Refresh current tab

F7 Enable/disable Caret Browsing (toggle)

F11 Turn full-screen mode on and off (no toolbars)

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See also: Microsoft pulls 'bad taste' IE8 advert

  1. Free add-ons to get the most out of your web experience
  2. Cover your tracks with InPrivate browsing
  3. Protect your privacy and even block ads with InPrivate filtering
  4. View incompatible pages with the Compatibility Viewer
  5. Customise the interface
  6. Don't forget these keyboard shortcuts

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