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Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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The Address/Search Bar

Often, of course, you’ll want to begin browsing by typing in a Web address; that’s the purpose of the address/search bar identified in Figure 15-1. In IE11, though, a single, unified box serves as both the address bar and the search bar. If you type a Web address there, like amazon.com, pressing Enter takes you to that Web site; if you type anything else, like cashmere sweaters or just amazon, pressing Enter gives you the Bing search results for that phrase.

In general, it’s handy to have a combined address bar/search bar (many other browsers work this way, too).

Searching the Web

Press Alt+D to deposit your insertion point inside the new unified toolbar. As you type something you’re looking for—phony baloney, say—a pop-up menu of autocomplete suggestions appears beneath your typing, as shown in Figure 15-2. When you finish typing and press Enter (or when you click one of those suggestions), IE takes you directly to the Bing results page.

Top: To add search services to Internet Explorer, start by clicking the Add button at the bottom of the suggestions list.You’re taken to a page that lists lots of popular search services, including Google, Yahoo, Ask.com, and more specialized pages: Amazon for books, ESPN for sports, and so on. Click the one you want to add, and then click Add to Internet Explorer.Bottom: Now you’re given the chance to make the new service your default search—the one IE always uses. Click “Make this my default search provider,” and then click Add.Note that all your search services’ icons appear at the bottom of the suggestions list (top), making it easy to switch back and forth among them.

Figure 15-2. Top: To add search services to Internet Explorer, start by clicking the Add button at the bottom of the suggestions list. You’re taken to a page that lists lots of popular search services, including Google, Yahoo, Ask.com, and more specialized pages: Amazon for books, ESPN for sports, and so on. Click the one you want to add, and then click Add to Internet Explorer. Bottom: Now you’re given the chance to make the new ...

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