Friday, 19 August 2011

Test your web application in all versions of IE including latest IE10 in one go by “IETestDrive”

Every web developer has to test his web application in all browsers. But what if you have to test your application in all version of IE consecutive versions IE5(believe me its still being used) IE6, IE7, IE8, IE9, Even on IE10(The latest one). So what people usually do they do install uninstall the later/earlier browsers or They use compatibility view but its available in from IE8 to later versions.

Recently, I found a great utility that could help you in previewing your web application in all versions, and it named as Internet Explorer Test Drive. If you are working on HTML 5 application then you can test your app for next coming IE10 platform preview that is available in this too. Click below link to visit and download the tool.

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How to use the IETestDrive and its features:

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

 

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 the numbers 5, 7, 8, 9 or 0 to select IE5, IE7, IE8, IE9 and IE10 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:

  • Ctrl + O: Open a webpage

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  • F5: Refresh
  • F10: Home
  • F12: Developer Toolbar
  • Alt + 5: Force IE5 rendering mode
  • Alt + 7: Force IE7 rendering mode
  • Alt + 8: Force IE8 rendering mode
  • Alt + 9: Force IE9 rendering mode
  • Alt + 0: Force IE10 rendering mode

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  • Ctrl + Alt + 0: Reset Document Mode to the page default
  • Ctrl +/-: zoom in and out
  • Alt + ?: Help
  • Ctrl + S: Save Webpage As…
  • Alt + /: About


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

Microsoft 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.

I hope you will surely have fun with this IEPreviewTestDrive Smile

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