Learn really useful Internet Explorer 9 keyboard shortcuts

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Microsoft put so much effort in Internet Explorer 9 to make the web page the focus and not the browser itself by sliming down every pixel of the user interface, which it makes it a little bit difficult to find features and options. But don’t sweat it just yet, because there still a way to get the most out of IE9 without having to go around clicking many times trying to find something. The solutions are the IE 9’s keyboard shortcuts.


  • Alt+C – Opens the Favorites, History window, Feeds.
  • Alt+X – Opens the Tools menu.
  • Alt+Left – Moves back through your history.
  • Alt+Right – Moves forward through your history.
  • Alt+M – Takes you to the homepage.
  • Alt+X – Open Tools.
  • Alt+5 – Force IE 5 rendering mode.
  • Alt+7 – Force IE 7 rendering mode.
  • Alt+8 – Force IE8 rendering mode.
  • Alt+9 – Force IE9 rendering mode.
  • Alt+N – When downloading Alt+N put focus in the new Notification bar, you can then the Run/Open, Save, or Cancel button to interact with what you are downloading.


Ctrl KEY

  • Ctrl+D – Adds the current page to your Favorites ( or bookmarks).
  • Ctrl+B – Organize your Favorites.
  • Ctrl+K – Duplicates your current Tab.
  • Ctrl+J – Opens the Download Manager.
  • Ctrl+Alt+P – Opens an InPrivate browsing session.
  • Ctrl+L – Sets focus to the address bar (One Bar), and selects the current URL.
  • Ctrl+Tab – Switch between Tabs.
  • Ctrl+Shift+L – In the case that you have a URL or any content in the clipboard, this keyboard shortcut will load it and if it was a URL will take you to the site and if it was a search term will use your default search engine to look for the term, pretty handy!



  • F12 – Opens the developer console.
  • F5 – Refresh.
  • F11 – Full screen.
  • F7 – Caret browsing.
  • ESC – Stop loading the web page.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me. Email him at [email protected].