The Internet Explorer desktop application has a more complex interface than its Windows 8 full-screen counterpart. At the top of its window are several buttons and fields for managВing the way you navigate the web. At the top right are three buttons that give you access to different configuration menus.
ON the bottom and right side are scroll bars that can be used to scroll through the content of a web page that is bigger than your Internet Explorer window.
The middle of the window, taking up most of the space, is where websites are loaded and viewed.
Let's see in more detail what each button does. Moving from left to right are the following buttons:
■ The Back and Forward buttons. They become active as soon as you browse to more than one page on the Internet. You can use them to navigate back and forth between the different pages you opened.
^ The Address bar, where you type the address of the website you want to visit. This bar can also be used as a search box. You can type a search term and press Enter or click the Search button in the Address bar. Internet Explorer displays the search results relevant to your search term by using the default search engine you have set. If you have not changed its default configuration, search results will be displayed by using Bing, the search engine owned by Microsoft.
^ A button in the Address bar that looks like a piece of paper torn in half. It reloads a web page in compatibility mode and is useful when browsing dated web pages that were created with earlier technologies. If a web page simply doesn't look right, click this button, and the page reloads in compatibility mode. Chances are the webpage will then be generated correctly.
^ The Refresh button. Use it to reload the web page you are viewing so that you can see the updates that have been made to it, if any, since the last time you viewed it.
^ Next to the Address bar are the tabs you have opened. The tab that is active always has a lighter color, whereas those in the background have a slightly darker tone. When you open a web page, its name becomes the title of the tab. To change between tabs, just click them. If you want to close the active tab, click the little X butВton near its name.
^ Next to the opened tabs is a square button with no name. Use this button to open a new tab. Click it, type the address of the website you want to visit in the Address bar, and press Enter. The website is now loaded in its own tab.
On the top-right side of the Internet Explorer window are three buttons. Let's see what they do:
^ The first, in the shape of a house, takes you to the homepage you have set for Internet Explorer on the desktop. By default, this is the MSN. com website, and it can be changed to something else.
^ The second button, in the shape of a star, opens a menu for managing your favorite websites, the feeds to which you have subscribed, and the history of your browsing.
^ The third button, in the shape of a gear, opens the Tools menu that is used to configВure many aspects of how Internet Explorer works.
If you are familiar with Internet Explorer 9, which was available in Windows 7 and Windows Vista, you'll notice that not much has changed in terms of the interface. If you are comfortВable using Internet Explorer 9, you will have no problems using the Internet Explorer 10 desktop application.