Here you will get guide to Customize Your Internet Explorer 9 and make it cool and stylish by using these simple tips.
Most websites commenting about browsers usually have only Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox on their lists often leaving Internet Explorer on user-based opinions. By far, Internet Explorer 9 has been the most user-friendly version introduced with features that neither of the before mentioned browsers have.
Some of these features you would really like to have if you are using any other browser like the compatibility of pinned sites with Windows 7 that outshines Chrome’s application shortcuts and IE specific web accelerators allowing easy access to webpage information.
Tips To Customize Internet Explorer 9
Pin preferred websites
Pinning websites to Windows 7’s taskbar makes browsing convenient to a large extend and pinning it is not a lengthy task. Just drag the icon from the address to the Windows 7 taskbar. Consequently, you don’t need to launch the browser and type in the address to access the pinned site, instead just click on the icon pinned to taskbar and it will launch instantly in another window.
Quite a few websites have additional feature for pinning them to browser. For instance, hotmail also displays the number of your unread messages on the pinned site. For more options, right-click on your taskbar and see what you would want to use from the list.
Manage Add-ons to speed up Explorer
To speed up the browser launch, remove the add-ons you really don’t need. Many websites automatically install add-ons for Explorer. The newer version, Internet Explorer 9, has a very benefitting feature in this regard as it identifies the delaying add-ons, not only this but also the extent to what they delay the IE startup. You may then remove the ones that holdup the Explorer the most.
To deal with these add-ons, click the Tools icon displayed as a ‘gear’ on the toolbar. Go to ‘Manage add-ons’.
You would want some of the tasks to be exclusively supported by the browsers to assist you get done with them in lesser time. Internet Explorer has web accelerators for the purposes of emailing, using Bing translators and mapping addresses. Depending upon your activity, you may disable or enable these at any time. Launch Internet Explorer 9, go to ‘Manage add-ons’ and select accelerators.
Using activated accelerators is a simple feat: on any webpage, select the text you wish gather information for and right-click. You may also click the icon if it appears for acceleration. This allows you to access the details speedily without loading an entire page. For instance, translate a part of the ext on a page.
The accelerator option is not limited to the default ones you have, you can get more by clicking ‘Find more accelerators’ link under ‘’Manage add-ons” window.
Your search engine is sometimes automatically changed by a few Windows applications. To prevent this, you can lock your search engine that you like to use. When a program then tries to replace your current search engine, you will be first asked to permit it.
Go to Tools, select Manage Add-ons and then click on Search Providers along the sidebar. You will see an option saying Prevent programs from suggesting changes to my default search provider. Click on that and your search engine will be locked in place.
Closed Tabs and recently closed tabs
Browser tabs were already installed in Internet Explorer 7 but the updated version 9 also has the reopening option for the closed tabs. Launch the Internet Explorer browser and right click the tabs to choose Reopen closed tab or you can also avail the Recently closed tabs option to reopen any tabs you had recently closed.
InPrivate Browsing option
InPrivate Browsing allows you to surf the internet without saving any data for others to view i.e. anyone else that open your IE browser won’t be able to gauge what websites you had been visiting since Internet Explorer 9 does not save any browsing data like history, cookies or temporary internet files in InPrivate mode thus, allowing you private browsing. To enable this feature, click on the gear icon, click ‘Safety’ and choose InPrivate Browsing.
This feature isn’t very popular with all the users but it might come in handy to you. It allows Internet Explorer to give you a list of websites you would want to visit determining it from your most visited sites data.
If you wish to utilize this option, click on the gear-like icon and select “File” and go to Suggested Sites. Before you can fully use it, enable the favorites bar by right-clicking Internet Explorer’s toolbar and choosing Favorites bar. You can view Suggested Sites from this bar.
In case you can’t find Suggested Sites option, you may add it from here.
You have a lot more options you can manage in the Internet Options dialog like the parental controls it Internet Explorer offers that let you prevent access to specific websites.