A Quick Reference Sheet for Internet Explorer 7



My name is Seth McLaughlin and I have been working as a Program Manager intern on the User Experience team for the past few months. The summer is coming to an end and I will soon be returning to school at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Before I go, I wanted to let you know about a new resource that’s available for all of you keyboard lovers out there.

There are many great shortcuts in IE7 – two of my favorites are CTRL+E to quickly access the Search box and ALT+D to select the Address bar. Shortcuts are wonderful things and once you start using them you will quickly begin to wonder how you ever lived without them. But how do you discover these shortcuts? And what if you forget them?

You could refer to Aaron’s post from last winter that described some of the old and new shortcuts available in IE7. Or, you might spend a few minutes searching through Help (haven’t used Help before? Just press F1!). These resources are great, but can be difficult to access during the key moment when you are trying to remember a shortcut.  Alternatively, maybe you need to remember how to change tab settings, or perform another common task within the browser. Again, looking through Help can be time consuming and not really necessary if you just need a quick piece of information.

Enter the Internet Explorer 7 Quick Reference Sheet! We’ve created this sheet to bring together keyboard shortcuts and directions for common tasks in one, easy to access location. Rather than provide an exhaustive listing of ALL the IE shortcuts (there are a lot!), we focused on outlining only the ones that perform the most popular actions within the browser. Limiting the scope in this way allowed us to create a document that can be printed on a single page of paper, which you can keep handy near your computer as you browse the web. 

The IE team is committed to improving this sheet over time and we strongly value your feedback. So, check out the Internet Explorer 7 Quick Reference Sheet and let us know what you think!

Thanks,

Seth McLaughlin
Program Manager

P.S. – We will be moving the Quick Reference Sheet to a more prominent location in the future. At that time we will post about the new location and we will also ensure the current link remains active.

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  5. Steve says:

    CTRL + L should take you to the Location bar… the fact that this is still wrong, is very anoying!

  6. Steve says:

    So, if this is RC… then can you update the IE Feedback site, so we can start logging agaisnt IE  final, and submit PRs and CRs for IE8?

    I wasn’t very impressed that most feedback was ignored, but if we can start entering it for release with IE8, hopefully MS will have enough time to implement the fixes.

    thanks,

    Steve

  7. Fduch says:

    If they never listened to feedback and are ignoring it now why do you think they’ll look at it in future?

  8. As lots of people have already reported, the IE team released IE7 RC1 today. They also pointed out changes…

  9. Steve says:

    @Fduch:

    True, but I’m an eternal optimist… from the chats and blogs, my "interpretation" is that Chris and team, *want* to fix IE big time… but they have to get IE7 out the door… in time for Vista… after which, the real development will occur. (E.g. support for W3C DOM features, better JS support, full PNG support, fixing all the bugs with forms, CSS selectors and such)

    As a Web Developer, that uses^H^H^H^H has clients that use IE, i’m in need of serious support for the modern technologies out there.  Right now, IE is the lowest common denominator… I can build super cool stuff, but end up having to degrade to deal with IE… I hope, that MS makes a huge effort after IE7, to really wow the market, users & developers.  At the moment, it isn’t too exciting, because home users have used Firefox for months/years, but are stuck with IE at work.  Once IE7 is installed office wide, we can start dropping support for IE6 (oh boy I can’t wait for that day!)

    Rant over… I just hope they do some real fixing for IE8.

  10. As lots of people have already reported, the IE team released IE7 RC1 today. They also pointed out changes…

  11. strafford says:

    cant drag links to the address bar.  noticed this because this site is getting hammered, and (reloading) the error page is pointless. so i tried to drag the ‘IE Blog’ link to the address bar, but it shows a no-way icon.   i hope this gets fixed before the real versioin comes out

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  13. Tihiy says:

    Still too much GDI/USER objects used (2 times more then Firefox).

    Still bullshit bitmaps in ieframe.dll.

    Still tons of unfinished graphics.

    You still have time to fix it!!

  14. Fred says:

    Steve: ALT+D has always worked, so it’s silly to say that CTRL+L is "right".

    Strafford: Just drag them to the tab title instead.

    Tihiy: Who cares about bitmaps inside the DLL?  That’s just silly.

  15. Aedrin says:

    "Tihiy: Who cares about bitmaps inside the DLL?  That’s just silly."

    The complainers must be running out of original things to complain on. 😉

  16. MS Intern says:

    Acid Test hasn’t improved in RC 1. This makes me a sad panda. :(

  17. baillard says:

    Please consider updating this QR with shortcuts that are new to IE7, and those that work in old versions.  I do not understand how the CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER works from the description given.  Where/how do you specify the suffix, and can the suffix be compound (such as "homepages.web")?

  18. Tihiy says:

    What means who cares? There are 20 completely unused since LH pre-beta broken bitmap resources in ieframe.dll. Why the hell they should be there, and in shell32.dll, and in browseui.dll?

  19. blickablocka says:

    Please include the Quick Reference Sheet in the IE7 help file, make it a quick click to bring up a pdf version of it so it can be printed.

    Haven’t tried RC1 yet, but in the previous version of IE7 the "Organize Favorites" was a  horrifying joke.  

    It SHOULD simply invoke Windows Explorer, pointing to the correct location for the current users Favorites folder.  

    Instead, it has some kind of half-baked interface that is even less well done thant the one in IE6 if that’s imaginable.  

  20. Seth [MSFT] says:

    @baillard: Please see the "Change website address suffix*" section under Common Tasks within the Quick Reference Sheet.

    Here are some more detailed instructions:

    1. Click the Tools menu.

    2. Click Internet Options (at the very bottom of the Tools menu).

    3. Click Languages (button near bottom of Internet Options window).

    4. At the very bottom right of the Language Preference window you will see a textfield. This is where you enter your custom suffix (for example "homepages.web").

    Then simply click Ok to apply the change. Now, when you enter WORD in the Address Bar and press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER, you will be directed to "http://www.WORD.homepages.web&quot;.

    I hope this helps!

  21. Bruce says:

    why does my CPU usage increase to 100% when I log into Windows Live Local? IE7 also freezes in the process…

    Can this bug be fixed?

  22. Kyle says:

    why are my videos not playing using windows media player on all of the video sites out there?  this was also the case when i downloaded the beta awhile ago and quickly uninstalled it.  i can’t get any videos to actually play (i.e. http://www.break.com).

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  24. y0y0y0y0 says:

    how can i install this beta under linux with wine?

    can someone direct me?

  25. Stefan says:

    ALT+D with German IE7 beta3 brings up the file menu titled "_D_atei" and does nothing with the address bar.  As the German IE7 RC1 is not out yet, I can’t try it there.

    So, is there a different shortcut in the German version?  Looking into the help is not helpful as it is still in English.

  26. Hadi says:

    Hey,

    Would it be possible to have a menu where i can set my own shortcuts (something like opera?)  I know you don’t want to overly complicate IE7 for new users, but I think this functionality would be great for power users. For example, I prefer to use ctrl+k (instead of ctrl+e) for two reasons:

    A) I’m use to firefox using ctrl+k

    B) E is right next to W and ctrl+w closes the tab, so sometimes i accidently pres ctrl+w instead of ctrl+e and annoy the crap out of my self.

    thanks.

  27. EricLaw [MSFT] says:

    @Stefan: Yes, I’d imagine that the Accelerator key is localized for the German build.  

    A quick search suggests "The German version of Internet Explorer requires ALT-S".

  28. Bruce says:

    No I don’t have any plug-in’s or toolbars installed. And when I start IE in ‘no addons mode’, the problem still occurs.

    I hope you could help out, because I sincerely thought this build of IE7 would fix the bug but it didn’t so yeah…it caused me to be upset…partially.

  29. Riddle says:

    It’s lovely, but please add some padding to boxes, it’d be much better when text doesn’t stick to borders.

  30. Gaz says:

    Thanks for the ref sheet, very useful. Would it be difficult to implement a feature where you could type "shortcuts" in the searchbar and select "IE Help" from the search providers and it would jump to the shortcuts help page? Just a thought… Might be a bit late now you’re in RC1 :(

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  32. Xepol says:

    Is the alt-enter new, because that is handy – I’ve been searching for it, particularilly in the search box.

    I didn’t know you could stop a page loading either (without pressing the stop button that is).

    Nice.

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  34. Tom says:

    What about a new IE 7 beta version for Vista beta 2 ?

  35. Uros says:

    I really realy miss shortcut 4 View code (FireFox has it CRTL + U) :-(

  36. DisabledTrucker says:

    Where is the shortcut for opening IE at?  I thought it used to be <WindowsKey>+[I], but it hasn’t worked in a while.  Would be nice too if FireFox was <WindowsKey>+[F], hint, hint.  Also would like to see an alternate to the prefix setting where I can map both .net and .org to different shortcuts, like [ctrl]+[shift]+[enter] and [ctrl]+[alt]+[enter].

  37. Bill says:

    The new Quick Reference sheet looks great. I’d like to suggest that you offer it as a OneNote document as well.  I tried using the Send to OneNote feature from IE7 Beta3 and it came over fine, but all of your nice formatting was all messed up.  Being able to pull the sheet up in OneNote would be a great asset as I’d have it with me everywhere I traveled with my TabletPC.

    Thanks!

  38. mocax says:

    the hotkeys should be totally customizable.

    I want CTRL+X to open location, CTRL+C for searchbox and CTRL+W to copy text, CTRL+E to paste text.

    Also, I want to to be able to highlight text that remotely resembles URL then drag them into the address bar to automagically load that URL.

    And drag text into the search box to automagically search for the keywords

    Drag and drop is the in-thing, not some arcane keyboard shortcut to copy and paste.

    Well, unless Apple or Mozilla corp. patented the drag and drop method  and you’ve to pay an exhorbitant sum of money to implement the above features.

  39. surfer says:

    IE 7 is a nice browser, congrats.

    But yes, I also think Control-L is the big missing shortcut, it’s really useful if implemented. It should set focus to the address bar. Alt-D misses the point of having standard shortcuts, and IE 6’s implementation of control-L (opening the file dialog) is far less useful and doesn’t have the control-enter stuff.

  40. Stefan says:

    @EricLaw: It’s not Alt-S either.  This will do the same as pressing the small down arrow next to the home symbol on the toolbar.

    In the German IE7 beta3 Alt-E highlights the whole URL string.  Is this what is supposed to happen when I use Alt-D in the English version?

  41. Francis says:

    The address and search box keyboard shortcuts (ALT+D and CTRL+E, respectively), are inconsistent. They should use a _common_ modifier key, namely ALT. It is standard practice in Windows–e.g. in all dialog boxes–to activate/jump to text boxes via an ALT+key combination. Suggestions:

    1. Either use ALT+S for search

    2. Or, use F2 and F3 for the address and search boxes. Given how often these boxes are used, the number of keys pressed to access them should be minimized. This would also build on familiarity with Office (F2 accesses the formula bar in Excel.) Finally, this would be intuitive: the F2 and F3 are positioned next to each other, just as the address and search boxes are on the screen, and F4 drops down the history. (F3, which activates Find in the current document, should be removed so as to conform with Office, which uses CTRL+F.)

    Other keyboard shortcuts improvements/suggestions:

    1. CTRL + F6 does not cycle through tabs. This is inconsistent with other applications, e.g. Microsoft Excel and Opera, where both CTRL + TAB and CTRL + F6 switch child windows.

    2. CTRL + 0 on the numeric keybad does not return the browser tab to 100% zoom. Only the CTRL + 0 on the alphanumeric/main typing area (i.e., the zero key left of backspace) does that. This is inconsistent, given that both sets of +/- keys zoom in and out.

    3. The "Save" option on the File menu is grayed out when the user visits a web page online. The user must instead select "Save As." This behavior differs from many other Windows programs, notably Office. In Microsoft Office, if the user selects "Save" for a non-saved document, the "Save As" dialog box is invoked. Internet Explorer should behave this way. As it is, novice users will not understand why they cannot "Save" a web page, and expert users are irritated when they have to press ALT+F,S instead of CTRL+S for web pages accessed by HTTP (but CTRL+S for ones accessed on local drives and network shares.) Incidentally, you might want to consider changing "Save" to "Save Copy" to make it explicit that you are saving a local copy.

    4. Internet Explorer does not share several keyboard shortcuts with Microsoft Office. It might make sense to add the following keyboard shortcuts to IE, given how widely used Office is, and how hard Office team has worked on interface standardization:

    CTRL + F2 Print Preview

    F12 Save As

    SHIFT + F12 Save

    CTRL + F12 Open

    CTRL + SHIFT + F12 Print

    5. The drop-down browsing history menu (right of the backward and forward buttons) has no keyboard shortcut. It would be convenient if ALT+DOWN ARROW opened this menu. This would be memorable, given the shape of the button as well as its position by backward and forward (ALT+LEFT/RIGHT ARROW.)

    Other than that, IE 7 looks great!

  42. Shane says:

    It would be nice to be able to make the change the default page for a new tab to point to this quick refence.  Is there a way to customize which page is displayed for a new blank tabe.

  43. EricLaw [MSFT] says:

    @Stefan: "Is this what is supposed to happen? "

    Yes, the hotkey for the address bar selects all of the text in it.

    @Shane: You can set the quickreference as your homepage and then configure the new tab command to open that homepage.

    @Francis: It’s basically impossible to be "consistent" with a large legacy set of hotkeys, other browsers (a common request) and all other Microsoft products.  

    F6 moves between frames and chrome, as it always has.  There’s no way that we could change this without confusing lots of folks.  

    CTRL+* on the number pad returns to 100%.  Laptops don’t tend to have an easily accessible number pad, and on most numeric keypads, the existence of numlock makes 0 a poor choice, because sometimes "0" isn’t "0".  Hence, *.

    In Office, if you open a document and choose "Save", it saves it where it was opened from.  IE doesn’t work like that, and hence Save As is more appropriate.

  44. michaelsee3 says:

    Brilliant! Thank you Seth!

  45. Tony Austin says:

    When IE7 is used as an embedded viewer (rendering engine), there’s no way to increase tiny fonts — apart from zooming, which is not always desirable since the page can then start to disappear off the sides of the monitor.

    Some such products are MMC (management console) and the recently-relleased Windows Desktop Search 3.0, as well as quite a few non-Microsoft products. They don’t have even IE7’s very-hard-to-quickly-get-at menus for altering text size, so you finished up stuck with tiny, illegible text or zooming (and the latter might work satisfactoril in some cases but not others). When will user interface designers at Microsoft take Text Size (not zooming) into account.

    In IE6 you used to be able to use Ctrl+Mousewheel for altering Text Size, but IE7 took over this key binding for zooming and woefully neglected to replace it with anything else. Well, even that’s not entirely true: for the short lifespane of IE7 Beta2 you could use Ctrl+Shift+Mousewheel for changing text size, but in Beta 3 even this new key binding was given over to [horizontal] panning.

    So it must be relatively easy for these key bindings to be changed, if it can appear in Beta2 then be changed to something else in Beta3. I just can’t understand why you carelessly decided to dump this handy function, instead of the simply assigning yet another spare binding to it (say, Alt+Mousewheel, or something similar).

    If it’s so easy to do, then you;ve got time to put it back in before RTM.

  46. Ed T says:

    Over the last 2 weeks since updating my system (XP, IE 7), my system does not shut down half the time, it simply hangs…  I have found no rhyme no reason, it just hangs…

    suggestions?

  47. Francis says:

    EricLaw: I believe you misread one of my comments.

    I suggested that CTRL+F6 (not plain, unmodified F6) be reinstated as an additional shortcut for "next tab" (and, by extension, SHIFT+CTRL+F6.) At present, CTRL+F6 does nothing in IE7.

    Tabbed browsing is simply a new spin on MDI. CTRL+F6 has been the keyboard shortcut for "next window" since at least Windows 3.0.

  48. Johannes says:

    Great articel with good information thank you.

  49. lapa says:

    nice and i hope the future location of this ref sheet will be some menu item in the "tools" or so. papers are lousy.

  50. I completely agree with Tony Austin about this text resizing issue. I just downloaded the release candidate and I am furious that they have removed the CTRL + SHIFT + Mouse Wheel binding.

    I blogged about the woeful new zoom functionality…

    http://rupertrawnsley.blogspot.com/2006/05/ie7-page-zooming-is-rubbish.html

    …and this legacy key binding was the only thing keeping me on IE7.

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  55. IEBlog says:

    You may recall when Seth originally introduced our Quick Reference Sheet for IE7 in an earlier post .