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Navigate the Web on Your Surface

The Start screen’s version of Internet Explorer on your Surface tabled is designed specifically for your fingers, so it works quite well with touch controls. When browsing a website, you can easily do any of these tasks with the touch of a finger:

  • Scroll through a web page: When viewing a web page, remember the “sliding a piece of paper” rule: Slide your finger up or down the page, and the web page travels along the screen with your finger. By sliding your finger up or down the page, you can read the entire page, skipping up or down a few paragraphs at your own pace.

  • Enlarge tiny text: When the text is too small to read, place two fingertips on the screen and then spread them. As your fingers move, the information expands, enlarging the text. Pinching the screen between two fingertips shrinks the page.

    By stretching and pinching, you find the sweet spot for easy visibility of both text and photos. (A quick double-tap makes the page as large as possible, letting you pinch it down to your preferred size.)

  • Fetch menus: Slide your finger up slightly from the screen’s bottom, or down slightly from the screen’s top. A menu pops up along the screen’s top edge, bottom edge, or both.

  • Open a link in a new tab: Hold your finger down on the link until a square appears. Lift your finger, and a pop-up menu appears. Tap Open Link in new Tab. (To access pages open in tabs, slide your finger down slightly from the screen’s top edge and then tap the thumbnail of the page you want to revisit.)

Most of the time, you use the Start screen’s Internet Explorer with your fingertips. But armed with your Surface keyboard’s trackpad or a mouse, the app tosses these new moves your way:

  • Back/Forward: As you browse between a string of websites, hover your mouse pointer over the current page’s left or right edges. An arrow appears along the edge, letting you click to move backward or forward, revisiting previously viewed pages.

  • Opening menus: To fetch the menus from Internet Explorer and any Start screen app, right-click a blank portion of the web page, away from words and pictures, and the menus appear.

  • Dragging: As you drag a mouse in Google maps, Google automatically fills in the formerly off-the-edge portions. It’s handy, for example, to see what’s just north of the currently viewed screen. When you try dragging with a finger, though, Windows thinks you’re trying to move the entire screen; it doesn’t limit your movements to the map’s contents. Moral: Use a mouse if possible when viewing Google Maps.

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