Users of alternative browsers often blame Internet Explorer for the missing 'Paste and Go' feature. That feature is really convenient: you can copy a URL from some text, document or another webpage, and then go to that url in a new tab with one click. Most modern browsers have the 'Paste and Go' feature in the context menu of the address bar. For example, this is how it is implemented in Google Chrome:
Microsoft implemented Paste and Go functionality in Internet Explorer 9, so IE10 and IE11 also have it, but they added it in a different way. You will not find a menu item for Paste and Go in the context menu of the address bar.
To perform the Paste and Go action in Internet Explorer, you can use:
- the Ctrl + Shift + L keyboard shortcut. Copy some url in the clipboard and press these hotkeys. Internet Explorer will navigate to the url from the clipboard!
- the context menu of the New Page tab. There, you will find the "Go to copied address" item which is just Paste and Go described differently.
Throughout its long history, Internet Explorer has been mocked many times by power users for its poor feature set. But newer versions of IE are a different story. Now you know that the Paste and Go feature is already available in Internet Explorer since IE9.
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