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Internet Explorer 11

This page was last updated: October 15th, 2021

How to print, find your ‘Favourites’, manage file downloads and use keyboard shortcuts.

What’s new with IE11

The latest version of Internet Explorer brings a number of enhancements to improve your web experience.

The new enhancements include:

  • Faster at displaying webpages than previous versions.
  • Compatible with the latest website building standards like HTML5 which means it’ll be able to correctly display webpages like YouTube, Google and Facebook.
  • IE11 continues to be supported by Microsoft so it will continue to receive security patches.
  • More power efficient than previous versions therefore helping to extend the battery life of your laptop.

How do I print?

How do I print?

Print pages by pressing Ctrl + P on the keyboard or select the Tools button > Print, and then choose Print… You can also see what the printed page will look like by selecting Print Preview…

To print only a picture from a page (and not the whole page), right-click the picture, and then select Print. In the Print dialog box, click Print again.

Managing Favourites

Managing Favourites

Your favourites can be accessed by clicking on the star icon in the top right of the screen.

Please note that favourites do not automatically transfer from one PC to another.

To add a new favourite browse to the webpage you want to save, click on the star icon then click the ‘Add to Favourites’ button.

Enter a name for the new favourite and then click Add.

You also have the option to add a favourite to the favourites bar which runs just below the address bar. To add a favourite to the Favourites bar click on the dropdown arrow next to the ‘Add to Favourites’ button then click ‘Add to Favourites’ bar.

Downloading Files

Downloading Files

When you select a file to download, Internet Explorer will ask what you want to do with the file. Here are some things you can do, depending on the type of file you’re downloading:

  • Open the file to view it, but don’t save it to your PC.
  • Save the file on your PC in the default download location. After Internet Explorer runs a security scan and finishes downloading the file, you can choose to open the file, the folder it’s stored in, or view it in Download Manager.
  • Save as a different file name, type, or download location on your PC.
  • Run the app, extension, or other file type. After Internet Explorer runs a security scan, the file will open and run on your PC.
  • Cancel the download and go back to browsing the web.

You can also save smaller files—like single pictures—to your PC. Right-select the picture, link, or file you want to save, and then choose Save picture or Save target as.

Change the default download folder on your PC

  • Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools (cog) button, and then select View downloads.
  • In the View Downloads dialog box, select Options in the lower left-hand corner.

  • Choose a different default download location by selecting Browse, and then select OK when you’re done.

We recommend you select your H drive as the default location as you are most likely to download attachments from NHSmail. This will ensure they are not accidentally downloaded and left on the C drive.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

You can use Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts to perform a lot of different tasks quickly or to work without a mouse.

To do this Press this in Internet Explorer
Add current site to favourites Ctrl + D
Close tab Ctrl + W
Go to your home page Alt + Home
Delete browsing history Ctrl + Shift + Delete
Get help & support F1
Open browsing history Ctrl + H
Open a new tab Ctrl + T
Open a new InPrivate Browsing window Ctrl + Shift + P
Print the current page Ctrl + P
Refresh page F5
Switch between tabs Ctrl + Tab
View downloads Ctrl + J
Find a text on the current page Ctrl + F

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