How to use Kiosk Mode in Microsoft Internet Explorer

Summary

Internet Explorer includes a Kiosk Mode feature that allows you to only access Web pages. This article describes how to use the Kiosk Mode feature in Internet Explorer.

More Information

When you run Internet Explorer in Kiosk mode, the Internet Explorer title bar, menus, toolbars, and status bar are not displayed and Internet Explorer runs in Full Screen mode. The Windows 95 taskbar is not displayed, but you can switch to other running programs by pressing ALT+TAB or CTRL+ALT+DEL. Because Internet Explorer is running in Full Screen mode, you cannot access the Windows 95 desktop until you quit Internet Explorer.

How to Start Internet Explorer in Kiosk Mode

To start Internet Explorer in Kiosk mode, click Start, click Run, type the following command in the Open box, and then click OK
iexplore -k page
where page is the Web page address for the Web page that you want to appear when Internet Explorer starts. If you do not specify a Web page in the Open box, Internet Explorer opens your start page. Note that the Web page that you specify can be a Web page on the Internet, on your computer, or on another computer on the network.

To start Internet Explorer in Kiosk mode and start Internet Explorer with the Microsoft Web site, click Start, point to Run, and then type iexplore -k www.microsoft.com in the Open box.

To start Internet Explorer in Kiosk mode and start Internet Explorer with the Example.htm Web page that is located in the My Documents folder on your computer, click Start, point to Run, and then type iexplore -k "c:\my documents\example.htm" in the Open box.

To start Internet Explorer in Kiosk mode and start Internet Explorer with the Example.htm Web page that is located on another computer on the network, click Start, point to Run, and then type iexplore -k \\server\share\example.htm in the Open box, where server and share are the network server and share on which the Web page is located.

How to Quit Internet Explorer

To quit Internet Explorer when it is running in Kiosk mode, press ALT+F4. Note that you cannot quit Kiosk mode if you do not also quit Internet Explorer.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Kiosk Mode


Key combination Function
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CTRL+A Select all (editing)
CTRL+B Organize favorites
CTRL+C Copy (editing)
CTRL+F Find (on current page)
CTRL+H View History folder
CTRL+L Open Location dialog box
CTRL+N New window (opens in non-Kiosk mode)
CTRL+O Open Location dialog box (same as CTRL+L)
CTRL+P Print
CTRL+R Refresh
CTRL+S Save
CTRL+V Paste (editing)
CTRL+W Close (same as ALT+F4)
CTRL+X Cut (editing)
ALT+F4 Close
ALT+LEFT ARROW Back
ALT+RIGHT ARROW Forward
ESC Stop
F5 Refresh
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