Tricks, tips and add-ons for Internet Explorer (Windows 8 and 7 Versions)

internet explorer tips and tricksFirefox and Chrome collecting more and more acclaim, but they are still a lot of those who use Internet Explorer.

This article addressed to those approaching for the first time in Microsoft's browserwe give some tips and tricks, as well as add-ons to tell you that may be useful.

Internet Explorer, Microsoft's browser, it is still one of the most widely used, and its latest version has recently been published along with Windows 8, as well as being in beta for Windows 7. In this article we take a look at the basic functions for a good optimization of the program and those that are popular add-ons available.

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1. IE Trick: Empty the cache and history for improve performance.

Each expert navigator knows that he must empty the Temporary Internet Files folder and the browser cache at regular intervals. The cache helps improve load performance of the most visited sites, but when it is too may paradoxically slow down your browser. To clear the cache and other temporary data in Internet Explorer you can just click on the gear in the upper right corner and choose "Internet Options" on the General tab and click the "Delete ..."

A window will open where you can select which data to delete. Clicking the Delete button will start cleaning. If you want to delete only the cache only select "Temporary Internet files and Web Site Files." From this page you can eliminate many data in the browser, such as cookies with your saved passwords, history and completing forms.

2. IE Tip: Automatic cleaning of History, Cache and Cookies

If you are more manic about security settings and cache cleaning, you can set Internet Explorer to automatically empty both your history and your cache every time you close your browser. Always on "Internet Options" in the "General" tab, tick the "Delete history when you leave", this will relieve you from to clean the browser cache manually at regular intervals.
Of course there is also a counter, in fact you will have to log in to all your favorite pages every time you start the browser. This is because the process also deletes the cookies stored these data. However, it is a practice highly recommended if you are using a computer shared by multiple people and you do not want others to access your account.

3. Tip for performance: Start Internet Explorer ​​without add-ons

Another feature that can be considered both a blessing and a curse is its support for Internet Explorer add-ons. The add-ons can extend the functionality of the browser, but in case you have installed too many, or if they are poorly written, could lead to problems and delays in shipping.
Internet Explorer loads slowly? Maybe it's a problem due to the additional components. To test you can start IE ​​without add-ons. To do that, open the Start menu and select "All Programs", from here navigate to "Accessories" -> "System Tools" and run "Internet Explorer (No Add-ons)", if you will notice a significant increase in performance should considered the idea to disable some of the add-on that you added.

4. Add-ons Manager

The Manage Add-ons in Internet Explorer is quite simple. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner, open the "Internet Options", go to the "Programs" tab and click the "Manage Add-ons" will open a new window with a list of all the components installed and active, with information about the developers, loading times, and more. From this screen you can enable or disable all the add-ons you have installed, as well as seek new by clicking on the "Find other extensions and toolbars ...".

As a general rule, we suggest you load the fewest possible components, in order to maintain the performance of your browser to an acceptable level, even small add-ons that increase in 0.1 seconds loading time may adversely affect when installed in high number. Therefore carefully assessed the relationship between functionality and load times to decide whether an add is really for you.

5. Disable the preview tab in the taskbar

Internet Explorer automatically displays the thumbnails of open tabs in the taskbar of Windows 7, a feature that many find it helpfulbut to other only creates discomfort. To enable or disable this feature, click the gear icon in the upper right corner, go to "Internet Options" -> "General" tab and click on the "Cards". In the window that will open uncheck the item "Show preview individual tabs in taskbar" and your problem will be solved.

6. Learn keyboard shortcuts

Learn keyboard shortcuts


The keyboard shortcuts can greatly speed up the browsing experience and distinguish the random surfer by the expert WebSurfer. Internet Explorer boasts a large fleet of shortcuts, here are some of the most useful:
  • Ctrl + D = Add a page to your favorites
  • Ctrl + T / N = Open a new tab or a new page
  • Ctrl + W = Close the tab / page (if there is only one tab open also closes the browser)
  • Ctrl + F = Opens the box to search for text on the page
  • Ctrl + + / - = Zooms in or out of the page
  • Ctrl + Shift + T = Reopen the last closed page (very useful when you accidentally close a page)
  • Ctrl + Shift + P = Opens a window in "InPrivate" (read on to learn more)
  • Alt + Home (Home) = Go to Home

7. Privacy: navigation InPrivate mode

InPrivate browsing mode made ​​available by Internet Explorer allows you to visit any web site without the browser store any data navigation on it. InPrivate prevents the browser remember any potential sensitive data, such as history, data access, and more. It is an essential function when using a computer shared among several people. Even if you're the type of person who enjoy to keep secrets with their families, can always come in handy if you want to make a surprise gift without trace in your history.

8. Privacy: disable "Suggested sites"

The Suggested Sites feature allows your Internet Explorer browser to recommend sites based on your browsing habits. This is possible because your browser sends to Microsoft your browsing history. If you do not want this to happen you can disable this feature by going to "Internet Options" -> "Advanced" tab and uncheck the "Enable suggested sites".

9. Privacy: Cookie management

Cookies are another feature of internet browsing useful, but also a bit dangerous. Cookies are small strings of code that websites use to store access information and to track your online presence. So on the one hand are perfect to save time, as store access data to login automatically, but on the other hand, they are a way to track your online presence.


With Internet Explorer you can control the intensity with which these cookies are blocked or not during the voyage, to do this go to "Internet Options" -> "Privacy" tab, here with a slider you can set the level of security "accept all cookies" to "Block All Cookies". Settings "Medium" or "Medium High" is more balanced. Raising the level is likely to worsen over its navigation, while lowering it is likely to allow free access to malware or worse.

10. Privacy: protection by monitoring

Last tip on privacy is the use of protection monitoring. The lists of monitoring protection identifying script and file that track your online presence. Internet Explorer automatically blocks these files if you load a page that uses them, preventing objects from the list of monitor you.

There aren't lists of protection by monitoring enabled by default, but you can easily download and enable some from the gallery of Internet Explorer. To do this you just need to click the gear icon in the upper right corner, select "Security" -> "protection monitoring " and from the screen that will open click on Download a list of sites for protection from online monitoring ..., this will take you to the page Gallery Internet Explorer from which you can select one of the most famous lists present.

11.Add-ons: LastPass

lastpass for internet explorer

Last but not least, let's take a look at five of the most useful add-ons available for Internet Explorer. First let's talk about LastPass, a password manager and online form. LastPass is a great service for managing your passwords and filling out online forms available on many different services and major browser. It is an excellent tool for those who have difficulty in remembering their login information to sites, just do not forget the password to access LastPass.


12. Add-ons: bar StumbleUpon


StumbleUpon is a service that allows users to register by creating an account linked to a series of interest. With this toolbar StumbleUpon suggests webpages or images that you were not looking for but that match your interests. It is a great tool for casual surfers who likes to seek novelty.
NB: As you can see from the toolbars take up much space, and then enable only the necessary.

13. IE Add Ons: Web of Trust

Web of Trust, also known as WoT (not to be confused with World of Tanks) is a crowd-sourced app that evaluates the reliability of sites and links based on the review made by the users themselves. WoT placed of the circles next to the link of the websites that according to the color certify the reliability. Placing the mouse pointer over a circle you can view the details of reliability, security vendor, Privacy and security for children. A good way to avoid problems but not an adequate substitute for an anti-malware software.


14. IE Add Ons: Chrome Frame for IE

chrome frame for ie

How IETab allows Firefox and Chrome to use the Internet Explorer engine within its own browser, Chrome Frame for IE allows Internet Explorer users to use the Chrome engine for displaying certain sites within a tab IE. This allows you to use some specific features of Chrome on sites like Google Docs, Gmail and YouTube, as well as some HTML5 features not yet fully supported by IE.


15. IE Add-Ons: iMacros

Last component recommended is iMacros, a macro manager integrated into IE that allows you to create, edit and run macros (commands that allow you to perform a series of operations in an automated manner). Novice users will find the use of macro interface simple enough for the more experienced hand there are many options for customization. iMacros is free but will reset your homepage just installed.


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