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Using Internet Explorer

With features like tabs, favourites and built-in webpage sharing, Internet Explorer 10 for Windows Phone 8 makes it easy to surf the web on the go. (You'll need a mobile data connection or WiFi connection to browse the web. See Connecting: how and when and Connecting to a WiFi network for more information.)

Internet Explorer 10 for Windows Phone

To browse the web

  1. On Start Start icon, tap Internet Explorer Internet Explorer Start icon, then tap the address bar. (You can also press the hardware Search Search button button on your phone to search the web using Bing.)

  2. Type the web address (URL) of the site you want to visit. As you type, Internet Explorer will suggest possible matches. If you see the site you're looking for, tap it.

  3. If you can't see the site, tap Go Go icon to search for it.

    Tips

    • Not seeing search suggestions? Tap More More icon > Settings > Advanced settings, then select Get suggestions from Bing as I type.
    • You can customise the address bar button to quickly get to tabs and favourites, or to stop and refresh web pages. Tap More More icon > Settings, then make your selection under Use address bar button for.
    • Share a link with one friend or many – tap More More icon > Share page, then choose how you want to share it.
    • Pin a site to Start to keep it handy. Tap More More icon > Pin to start.

To navigate on a webpage

Once you've found the page you want, there are a few ways to get around it. Try any of the following:

  • To scroll around the page, flick your finger across the screen in any direction.
  • To zoom in, spread your thumb and forefinger apart to zoom. Pinch them together to zoom out.
  • To automatically centre and zoom in, double-tap the spot you want to zoom to. Double-tap again to zoom back out.
  • To open a link, just tap it.
  • To search for specific text on a page, tap MoreMore icon > Find on page.
  • If you see a phone number or street address, you can often tap it to dial the number or map the address.

To return to a webpage you've visited

There are a couple of ways to quickly get back to a webpage you've looked at before. Try one of the following:

  • If you're in Internet Explorer and have been looking at several web pages, press your phone's Back Back button button to revisit them.
  • If you've just opened Internet Explorer, you can go to your browsing history to quickly return to sites that you've visited in the past. Tap More More icon > Recent, then tap the site that you want to see again.

To open multiple browser windows using tabs

You can open six separate browser windows, called "tabs", all at once. That way you can jump easily between multiple websites.

  1. On Start Start icon, tap Internet Explorer Internet Explorer Start icon, tap More More icon, then tap Tabs. (Or, if you've set the address bar button for tabs, just tap that.)

    Internet Explorer tabs
  2. Tap New New icon to open a blank tab.

  3. To switch between tabs, tap the thumbnail of the tab you want to see full screen.

  4. To close a tab, tap Close Close icon on the tab you no longer need.

To add a site to your favourites list

  1. In Internet Explorer Internet Explorer Start icon, open the website you'd like to save.

  2. Tap MoreMore icon > Add to favourites.

  3. Internet Explorer automatically fills in the name and web address (URL) of the site.

  4. If you need to make any changes, tap inside a text box. When you've finished, tap DoneDone icon.

    Note

    At this time, you can't import favourites from your computer to your phone.

To open, edit or delete a favourite

  1. In Internet Explorer Internet Explorer Start icon, tap More More icon > Favourites. (Or, if you've set the address bar button to favourites, just tap that.)

  2. Flick until you see the name of the favourite you want, then do one of the following:

    • To open a site, tap it.
    • To edit a site, tap and hold it, then tap Edit to type a new name or address.
    • To remove a site from your list, tap and hold it, then tap Delete.

To view or erase your browsing history

  1. In Internet Explorer Internet Explorer Start icon, tap More More icon > Recent to see the sites you've visited.

  2. To erase your history, do one of the following:

    • To delete your entire browsing history, tap Delete Delete icon.
    • To delete one recent site, tap and hold the site, then tap Delete Delete icon.
    • To select more than one recent site to delete, tap Select Select icon, select the checkboxes next to the sites you want to remove, then tap Delete Delete icon.

    Notes

    • To select sites to be deleted individually, your phone must be running Windows Phone software version 8.0.10211.204 or later. See How do I update my phone software? for more information about how to update your phone.
    • To delete temporary files, cookies and saved passwords along with your browsing history, tap Settings > Delete history.

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