Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Web navigation with Internet Explorer 10, part of Windows 8 Release Preview First Look.
One app or tool you're probably accustomed to using on a regular basis has really changed here in Windows 8, it's Internet Explorer. There is a Metro app version of Internet Explorer, you'll find it by default right on your Start screen. And that's where we're going to go to learn a few navigation techniques. Click the tile to launch Explorer, it's full screen, it is a Metro app, and by default if it's your first time you'll arrive at the Bing page. That is your default homepage. Now you'll notice right away it looks a lot different, you don't have the File menu and the toolbar across the top, we're just looking at the web page.
Instead our address bar is at the bottom we can see the current address, we have Navigation buttons for going Back and Forward through the various pages we visit, there is Refresh. A neat thing here is the opportunity to pin any of your favorite pages to your Start screen and that's the quickest way to get back to them. And then here's where we going to some of the settings which we'll talk about momentarily. Right now let's change our address, let's go down to the address bar, we'll click once and we'll type www.lynda.com, when you hit Enter on your keyboard that's exactly where you're going to go, and it becomes one of your sites that you visited now and it will appear next time we go to type this in. If it's a site you go to on a regular basis why not pin it to your Start screen.
You just click that, you'll see the name that's going to appear, Software training online. If you wanted to you can change that just to lynda.com and then click Pin to Start. So we're looking at lynda.com, we want to go back to Bing now, we can just hit our back arrow, you'll notice our arrows that actually appear on screen. So if we want to go forward we could do it from up there as well. Let's check out the settings now, maybe you want to change your homepage or access some of the other Explorer settings. When we go down to the Settings button down here, or Page tools as it's labeled, you'll only see a couple of options here.
If the site has an app for Windows 8 you could get it right from here, lynda.com does not yet. Find on page allows you to go searching for content on the actual web page or if you wanted to you could view this on the old desktop format which gives you access to all of those tools including the toolbar, and so on. So let's do that, takes it over to our desktop. We'll be at the same page when we arrive, but notice we now have access to all of those options like going to our homepage, creating favorites and feeds and there is our tools right there.
When we click Tools if we wanted to for example, we could Print, you can see the Zoom option, Safety, et cetera. There are Internet options down here as well that you don't get access to via the Metro app. Another thing we can do is just close it right up from here by clicking the Close button. Now let's hit our Windows key on the keyboard to go quickly back to the start, we did pin something to our Start screen didn't we? We pinned lynda.com in Internet Explorer, so we should be able to see it here now. And if we scroll over to the right for example, you'll see an Internet Explorer tile with lynda.com, the label we gave it, which means when we click Internet Explorer here as opposed to the original tile we'll go directly to the page that we want. Nice little feature.
Of course we can close it up from here as well, but we don't need to, all you need to do if want to go back to the Start screen is hit your Windows key on the keyboard and you're there. So that's a quick look at the new Internet Explorer Metro app.
- Exploring the Start screen
- Differentiating between Windows 8 editions
- Personalizing the look and feel of Windows 8
- Working with maps and photos
- Exploring utility apps such as BitLocker, EFS, and Domain Join
- Using File History
- Exploring web navigation with Internet Explorer 10