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TechRepublic FastAnswer: Navigating Internet Explorer 6.0 without a mouse

Web sites are designed with clicking in mind, necessitating the use of a mouse. Here's how you can navigate Web pages without a mouse.

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The problem

Finding your way around Windows without a mouse is difficult enough, but if you lose your mouse when navigating around a Web site, you can quickly find yourself in a quandary.

The cause

Mice can fail for any number of reasons, including failed USB or serial ports, static shock, or even something as simple as a dirty mouse pad. Because of their nature, Web sites invite you to scroll around and click links on the pages using a mouse.

The solution

Microsoft gave Internet Explorer 6.0 the ability to be used from either a keyboard or a mouse. All you need to know is the most relevant key combinations for finding your way around. Microsoft provides a complete list of keyboard shortcuts on its Web site.

Some of the most important keyboard shortcuts for navigating Internet Explorer 6.0 include:

Key What it does
[F11] Toggle between full-screen mode and windowed mode.
[F3] Bring up the search box.
[F4] Display entries in the Address drop-down list box.
[F5] Refresh the Web page.
[Alt][F4] Close Internet Explorer.
[Tab] Move forward through the page, selecting fields and links.
[Shift][Tab] Move backward through the page, selecting fields and links.
[Backspace] Load the previous Web page.
[Alt][Right Arrow] Go forward one Web page (after backing up).
[Alt][Home] Quickly jump to your Home page.
[Ctrl]F Find something on the page.
[Ctrl]H View and navigate Web History.
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