Platform Preview User Guide

Navigating Webpages

  1. Select Open from the Page menu or type Ctrl+O.
  2. The Open Web Page dialog box will always show the URL of the current page.
  3. Enter the Internet address (URL) of the Web page to which you wish to navigate.
  4. Alternatively, you may type the path of or browse for a file on your local computer.
  5. Click OK

Using and setting the home page

The default home page of the Platform Preview is the Internet Explorer Test Drive site, which you can use to see demos for and information about the new Internet Explorer platform. You can press F10 at any time to go to your home page.

To change your homepage, right click the Internet Explorer Platform Preview icon in the Start menu and choose Properties. In the Target field on the Shortcut tab add your home page URL to the end of the path. For example:

"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer Platform Preview\iepreview.exe" http://www.bing.com

For 64-bit systems you will see (x64) in your application path:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer Platform Preview\iepreview.exe" http://www.bing.com

You can also do this for the shortcut on the desktop. For information on how to create additional shortcuts, see the Create Shortcuts to Common Pages section.

Developer and Debugging Tools

The Platform Preview includes built-in Developer Tools. These tools help developers debug and understand the interaction between their sites and the browser. To open the Developer Tools, click the Debug menu and click Developer Tools, or press F12.

The status bar indicates when the page generates script errors. You can use the Developer Tools to get more information about and debug script errors.

For more information on the Developer Tools, go to the Internet Explorer Developer Center.

Document modes

You can force the Platform Preview into different document modes. To do this, click the Debug menu and select one of the Document Modes. You can also press Alt plus U, 7, 8, 9, S or Q to select IE5 Quirks, IE7, IE8, IE9, Standards or Quirks document modes respectively (for example, Alt + 7 for IE7). You can press Ctrl + Alt + 0 at any time to reset the document mode to the page default. The current document mode is shown for the currently viewed page at the left of the status bar. Information on Document Modes is available on MSDN, as well as on our blog.

Common Keyboard Shortcuts

Below is a list of available keyboard shortcuts for use in the Internet Explorer Platform Preview:

Create Shortcuts to Common Pages

To simplify navigating quickly to pages you commonly use you can create shortcuts. To do so, copy the Internet Explorer Platform Preview icon on your desktop and paste it to your desired location. Right click the newly created shortcut and click the Properties menu item. Update the Target field on the Shortcut tab to start the Platform Preview with the URL of your choice, as follows:

"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer Platform Preview\iepreview.exe" http://www.bing.com

The Platform Preview is a 32-bit application. As a result, it is installed in a different location on 64-bit systems. When updating the Target field for 64-bit systems, it should appear as:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer Platform Preview\iepreview.exe" http://www.bing.com

You may also do this for the shortcut on the desktop.

Monitoring Resource Usage

The Internet Explorer platform takes advantage of your PC hardware to provide a great experience. To see how the Internet Explorer Platform Preview and other browsers utilize your PC we recommend downloading CPU, GPU, Memory and Disk utilities such as the Taskbar Meters . GPU meters are often graphics card specific, so you may need to contact your graphics card manufacturer.

Submitting Feedback

We encourage you to report any issues you find using the Platform Preview. Click Report Issue on the menu and select Send Feedback. You can follow the Send Feedback wizard to report any issues you find in the Platform Preview back to Microsoft. You'll find a list of known issues in the release notes.

IE Diagnostics

IE Diagnostics, a program to help us troubleshoot issues has been included with the Internet Explorer Platform Preview. This program allows you to collect relevant information for troubleshooting or repro'ing issues. To run IE Diagnostics, click Report Issue and then select Run IE Diagnostics. The tool will run and will save an IE Diagnostics report to your desktop. IE Diagnostics data is automatically collected when you choose to report an issue through the Send Feedback menu item.

General Help

The About option on the Help menu provides more information about your Internet Explorer Platform Preview installation, and a link to our Privacy Statement.