Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Internet Explorer, part of Learning Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3.
- Internet Explorer's probably one of the very first applications that you're gonna launch on the Surface. It's the built-in web browser that comes with Windows. We've already used it a little bit in this course but there are some important features that I wanna make sure that we cover. Internet Explorer is particularly interesting because it can behave as a desktop application or as a tablet style, full-screen, touch application. I'll show you what I mean. First, I wanna make sure that Internet Explorer is pinned to both the taskbar and the Start screen.
Now here on the desktop I can see that Internet Explorer is pinned to the taskbar down here next to the Start button. I'm gonna go ahead and hit the Start button to go to the Start screen and I can also see that Internet Explorer is pinned to the Start screen. If you're using the Surface fresh out of the box then by default it will be pinned to both locations. And if it's not, well, we talked earlier in the course about how to pin applications to both the taskbar and the Start screen. So you should be able to get them in place. So I'm gonna go ahead and launch Internet Explorer here from the Start screen.
So I'll tap on the Internet Explorer tile and, of course, it launches Internet Explorer. For now, I'm using the touch-screen controls. So to be more specific, I'm looking at the full screen, tablet style, touch version of Internet Explorer. And it works pretty much like any other web browser. The first thing that you typically wanna do in your web browser is type in an address or do a web search. To do that, I'm just gonna tap on this bar at the bottom. This is both the address bar and the search bar.
So first I'm gonna hit the X to clear the text that's there and you'll see the on-screen keyboard is popped up because I do not currently have a keyboard connected. So I'm gonna go ahead and type in the address that I wanna go to. This is what you do if you know where you're going. Now I'm gonna stop here because this website is explorecalifornia.org. Now there is a nice shortcut on the on-screen keyboard, this one that just says .com. If I tap that, it adds .com at the end of my address and it saves me some keystrokes.
But I don't see a button for .org. Well, here's a nice little trick. If you tap and hold on the .com button with your finger and do not let go and then drag to the .org button and now let go, it'll just drop the .org at the end. So this can be a shortcut for more than just the .com extension. So now I've typed in my address. I can hit Go and it will load that page. So that's what you do if you know the address. But what if you don't know the address and you wanna do an online search? Well, I'm gonna tap on that same field.
Again, I'm gonna hit the X to clear it and I'm just gonna type in keywords for what I'm looking for. So I'm looking for a website for a company called Two Trees Olive Oil. So I'll just type in those keywords. I'll hit go and it performs a web search on Bing which is Microsoft's search tool. So I can see it found the website that I'm looking for. I can tap that link and it loads that page. And from here you're just browsing around on the web just like any web browser.
I can place my finger on the screen and I can scroll up or down. If I see a link that I'm interested in, I can tap on it and it will go to that page. And I could tap on another link and it'll go to that page. And I'll tap on one more. So you can see I'm just navigating around the site by clicking on the links. Now another important thing in a web browser is the Back button. So to go back to the previous page I was looking at before this one, I'll go to the Back button which is on the very bottom-left corner. I'll tap that and I'll go back.
If I wanna go forward to the page that I was on before I took a step back, then I'll hit the forward button which is all the way at the bottom right. Tap that and it goes forward. But there are also touch gestures to do that. If I place my finger on the webpage and then just swipe back, it'll take me to the previous page. I can also swipe forward but I'm not able to swipe forward again because there is no other page forward in this timeline. Now one thing that you may notice is all of my on-screen controls went away.
That happened when I tapped on the webpage. But you can always get your on-screen controls back simply by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. We talked about this before. This is simply bringing up on-screen controls in a full-screen touch app. Of course, if I tap anywhere on the webpage it hides this on-screen controls. So those are the basics of Internet Explorer as a touch app. Pretty normal web browser stuff. Let's look at something different. I'm gonna hit the Start button and I'm gonna go to the desktop view.
Now here in the desktop view I can see that Internet Explorer is pinned to the taskbar. We confirmed that earlier. Now I do see the other Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar as well. That's because I'm currently running the full-screen touch app version. So let's see what happens when I hit the Internet Explorer icon that was already pinned to the taskbar. This time it opens up Internet Explorer as a desktop application. So we can see that Internet Explorer is one application but it's capable of running as a desktop application and as a full-screen touch app.
So I'm actually running two instances of Internet Explorer right now and it works pretty much the same. I can tap on the address bar here. If I wanna bring up the on-screen keyboard I can tap on that in the taskbar and I could type in the website that I wanna go to and press Go. And I'll go ahead and hide the keyboard. Now I wanna take a look at something else that's very interesting. I'm gonna go back to the Internet Explorer touch app and one way to do that is to just tap on it here on the taskbar.
When you're in the touch app and you wanna flip over to the desktop version, what you can do is hit the little tool icon down in the bottom in the on-screen controls. Again, if you don't see them, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen. It's the one that looks like a wrench. There's an option here to view in the desktop. I'll tap that and it opens up that same page in the desktop version of Internet Explorer. I'm just gonna close that by hitting the X up in the top right-hand corner. I can also easily multi-task between these two versions of Internet Explorer using the multi-task gestures that we saw earlier.
I can just place my finger on the left side of the screen and swipe in. I'll do that again to go back to the other version. So I can easily jump back and forth between them. Also, whether you're using the desktop mode or the tablet mode, you still have touch gestures available. So let me just tap on the screen here and I can zoom in and out on this page by placing two fingers on the screen. If I move two fingers apart, it zooms in. If I move two fingers together, it zooms out. If I want to zoom in on one column of text I can just double-tap on that column.
Now it doesn't look as good here on this page but if I flip back to the desktop version it'll be a little clear. Of course, I can scroll up and down with my finger. I can use the pinch gesture to zoom in by moving my fingers apart or zoom out by moving my fingers together. And if I double tap on a single column of text it zooms to fill the screen. So that looks a little bit better on this page. If I double tap again, it zooms back to the normal scale. Let's finish by looking at a few more options in the tablet version of Internet Explorer.
So I'm gonna swipe over there. I wanna have my on-screen controls visible so if I don't see them I can just swipe up from the bottom. And I wanna take a look at working with multiple tabs. To do that, I'm gonna hit the Tabs button which is here in the on-screen controls. Right now I only have one tab but if I hit the plus button, it creates a new tab. And from here I can type in a new address. I don't have to finish typing this because I've already visited this page. It auto-completes for me. I can just hit Go. So now I have two tabs open and if I hit the tabs button on the on-screen controls, I can see there's two tabs.
I can tap on them to flip in between them. I can also open up a Private tab. This is what you do if you don't want to save the history of where you're browsing. To do that, instead of hitting the plus button, I'm gonna hit the More button. That's the button with the little dot dot dot. If I tap on that I see an option for New In-Private tab. I know that this is an In-Private tab because it has this little flag on the address bar that says In-Private. So I can tap on this and I can go ahead and visit whatever website I want to visit.
There we go. That page loads normally but it's not gonna save my history. It's not gonna save cookies. It's not gonna save any record that I visited this website. This is really handy if you're doing something like shopping for gifts or anything else where you don't want somebody else to be able to sit at your computer and see what webpages you've been visiting. When you're finished browsing in this In-Private tab you can just tap on the Tabs button again to open up your Tab view. You can see I still have three tabs, one of them is labeled as In-Private.
If I'm done with it, I'll just close that tab. I do that by hitting the X in the bottom right corner and it closes that tab. It's the same if I wanna close a regular tab. Just hit the X in the bottom right corner and now I'm back to having only one tab. So that should get you started with Internet Explorer with its unique ability to work as either a desktop application or a full-screen, tablet style touch app.
Author Nick Brazzi then shows the capabilities of the Surface when used as a laptop or tablet, covering such particulars as input devices (keyboard, mouse, and pen), touch screen controls, and pinning apps to the taskbar or Start screen. He then explores the built-in apps, customization options, and security and privacy considerations.
- Using touch apps vs. desktop applications
- Shutting down and restarting the Surface Pro
- Connecting a keyboard, mouse, and display
- Using the Surface pen
- Working with Internet Explorer, OneNote, and Mail
- Using the camera
- Installing and uninstalling apps
- Customizing a Surface Pro
- Configuring Windows updates