Get A ‘Back to Top’ Button In Internet Explorer On Windows Phone

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The release of Windows Phone 8 brought a lot of changes to Microsoft’s mobile platform, but one thing it didn’t change too much is Internet Explorer. Sure, IE 10 offers some improvements over its WP7 counterpart, but the basic features and UI remain unchanged. Internet Explorer isn’t too bad for a mobile browser, and a testament to this is the fact that not many third-party web browsers have managed to gain a considerable user base on WP8. Having said that, there are still some shortcomings that IE 10 suffers, like the lack of easy tab switching, much-needed buttons like ‘forward’, and page search. In the past, we have discussed ways of overcoming these issues with the use of bookmarklets. In IE 10, there is yet another button that can be added to the mix by using the ‘add to favorites’ option of the browser. Read on if you want to discover a rather convenient way of adding a ‘Jump to Top’ button to all webpages in Internet Explorer for WP8.

Like the creation of all bookmarklets in Windows Phone, the method we are about to discuss makes use of javaScript, but doesn’t involve an overly lengthy string. Here is all you need to do in order to get that jump to top functionality in IE.

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  1. Launch Internet Explorer, and go to any webpage you want.
  2. Head to the bottom menu by hitting the three-dot button in the lower-right corner.
  3. Choose the ‘add to favorites’ option.
  4. In the ‘Name’ field, you can enter any text you like, or maybe draw a symbol using emoticons, which will act as a makeshift button in the ‘favorites’ list.
  5. The ‘Web address’ field must have the following string in it:
    javascript:scroll(0,0)
  6. Hit ‘done’.

Now, whenever you want to navigate to the top of a page, head to the favorites section of Internet Explorer, and hit the title of the bookmark you just created.

Some might argue that the aforementioned method doesn’t help too much, as you have to perform a lot of steps before the page actually goes back to the top, but for longer webpages, the effort is certainly worthwhile, as the steps are much more efficient than scrolling all the way up manually. The ‘Back to Top’ button might not be something you’ll be using regularly, but it is useful to have it at your disposal for the odd occasion when you are reading some really long articles.

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  • anon

    thanks bro, something is better than nothing 🙂