Internet Explorer 10 comes in two different versions: the minimalist Modern UI/Metro version accessed from the Start screen and the traditional, full-featured Desktop version accessed from the Taskbar.
Here are some useful tips and tricks to know about Internet Explorer 10:
The Windows UI version of IE10 is a bare bones version, optimized for faster browsing and touch devices, but works well with a keyboard and mouse also.
The Desktop version of IE10 is the full-featured version you are familiar with from previous versions of Windows.
The Windows UI IE10 and Internet Explorer for the Desktop share a common home page, or multiple home page tabs, if specified. To set one or more home page tabs for both versions of IE10, click the gear icon in the upper, right corner of the window and select Internet Options from the drop-down menu.
In the Home page section on the General tab, enter one or more URLs to use as your home page tab(s). Click Use current to use the URL from the currently displaying tab as one of your home page tabs. Click OK to accept your changes.
Internet Explorer Settings
The options for both versions of IE10 are available on the Internet Options dialog box, available through the Desktop version of IE10. Open the Internet Options dialog box. Change the desired settings and click OK.
An abbreviated set of options for the Windows UI version of IE10 is available when you move the mouse to the extreme, lower, right corner of the screen while in IE10. The Charms bar is displayed. Click the Settings charm. The Internet Explorer Settings panel is now displayed.
Favorites, Frequent Sites, and History
All your favorites, frequent sites, and browsing history are shared between both versions of IE10. The favorites (pinned sites) and frequent sites in the Modern UI/Metro version of IE10 are accessed from the Quick Site Access panel, which displays when you set focus to the address bar (press Alt + D).
Favorites in the Desktop version of IE10 are displayed in the Favorites Center, accessed by clicking on the star icon in the upper, right corner of the IE10 window, or by pressing Alt + C.
The Favorites tab displays by default when you use Alt + C to access the Favorites, Feeds, and History center.
Frequent sites in the Desktop version of IE10 are displayed on the New Tab page.
Your browsing history is not displayed in the Modern UI/Metro version of IE10, but it is used to keep track of your frequent sites. Your browsing history in the Desktop version of IE10 is available in the History center, also accessed by clicking on the star icon in the upper, right corner of the IE10 window, or by pressing Alt + C and then clicking the History tab.
The Modern UI/Metro version of IE10 does not support add-ons. To take advantage of the additional functionality of add-ons, use the Desktop version of IE10. To manage your add-ons in the Desktop version of IE10, click the gear button in the upper, right corner of the IE10 window and select Manage add-ons from the drop-down menu.
The Manage Add-ons dialog box is displayed. Click the type of add-on from the Add-on Types list on the left and select the add-on to enable, disable, or remove in the list on the right.
Links in the lower left of the dialog provide access to additional add-ons of the type selected, as well as more information about that type of add-on.