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Some Basic Changes To Make In Your Internet Explorer Options

Some Basic Changes To Make In Your Internet Explorer Options

Most people get their computer with Internet Explorer already installed as system software and set up with default settings. The default settings are settings calls recommended settings. These settings are not always the best for your personal usage. One setting does not always fit all. But how can you change the settings and what do they all mean?

In this article I am going to show you step through these settings to explain them to you. Before I start open new browser window on your internet explorer before you start, so you can follow these steps as you read the article. At the top of your new browser tab window, click on “tools” then “Internet Options”.

The first tab you will see is the “general” tab In the internet explorer. the very first option you have is where to set your default home page. example as a search engine  your can also choice your favorite website or social media as default home page example that is my website. Pick your favorite website that you want your browser to open to every time you open internet expire. If you have a favorite search engine, you can put it there. If you have a website enters that. Click applies when you have set your default home pages and that will be your home page from now on. Anytime you click the home button at the top of your internet explorer browser it will automatically go to that page.

The next steps you have to do is to “delete cookies”. There is a lot to said about how to manage brewers cookies and what they are for on the brewers. But for main point of this article I will just tell you in short that cookies store information like websites you visited what you are interesting in, where you want to be automatically logged in rather than having to type in a username and password every time cookies do it automatics. There are many cookie uses and hopefully I will have time to write an article about that. If you delete the cookies, you will have to login to websites you regularly us and it won’t remember your username, password etc.

The next button says “delete files”. These are the temporary files Internet Explorer browser stores on your computer so that if you go back to them they will load more faster because the images and other files are already been downloaded. Later we will get to another area with a setting that will help you manage these files. You can go ahead and delete these files if you want to and every now and then you should delete it.

The next button is called “settings”. Click on that button now. It pop out Check for newer versions of stored pages. They will give you several options. Clicking on every visit to the page will cause some WebPages to load slower because rather than going into the temporary Internet explorer files for cached files, it queries the server for the newest version of any files on that web page. Every time I open Internet Explorer browser means that the first time you visit to a specific website, this session, it will check for a newer version of the web page. After that, it will refer to the cached page on your computer hard drive. “Automatically” means you let Internet Explorer manage this for you and that is the recommended setting as default. And never means it will always use the cached version on your computer hard drive rather than check for newer versions. I recommend you to chose either auto or never, because if you want to chose for newer versions of a web page all you have to do is push shift and click the refresh button on your browser tool bar.

The next option in settings is how much space to allow for temporary Internet files storing. 6mb to 25mb is plenty. Internet Explorer browser tends to override your choice here anyway. Internet explorer knows best I guess.

The next button is “move folder”. Don’t move folder. Back away slowly and do not touches that button just leave it like that.  Seriously, moving the location of your temporary Internet explorer files is not a good idea. The next button is view file is pretty boring stuff and you don’t need to do anything here on this steps. The same can be use to change view objects. Those three can all be left alone don’t touch them.

Go ahead and hit ok so we can go back to the general tab. You will see the next Step option is about computer history. Now this is a personal setting. You know how web site links you have clicked on before are not same color with color than those that you have not clicked on? Well history remembers that for you so you know which web pages you have or have not visited before. It also records the history of all the web site you or anyone else on your computer has visited. In your address bar, the drop down arrow that shows you all list the web sites you have been to is put there by the “history” option. It is also used if you have auto-complete enabled for web addresses on internet explorer you are typing into your address bar. You can select this for the number of days you want to save browser history. If you have younger once, you can access these files to see website they are going on the Internet as well. If you are using a computer at work you might like to set this to 1 day. To the right of where you enter the number of days is the button to erase storing history now. Meanwhile Computer experts can still find your history. This is not absolute.

Next button is colors settings. The best setting is use the normal windows colors but experiment if you want to. Next button is “fonts” and if you click on that, it’s pretty self-explanatory you can chose font size font type. . That is in the view part of your browser better than the tools area we are in now. Languages settings are also self-explanatory. Accessibility is where you can alter some settings if you have special needs about it. now let’s move on to the to Security tab. Medium  is the best setting for most users internet explorer  and probably is already set there. Be careful when this changing security settings options that you do not understand. Click “custom level”. Scroll through. If there are some things you are absolutely sure about it and want to change then go ahead and make the changes. But if you are not sure, don’t change it just leave it.

You will see that when we firstly click to the tab the “Internet” icon was selected in the window at the top. You can also select on “Local Internet” and do the same for your settings there. This is only for your local network if you have one and you are using it. The next icons are, trusted web sites and restricted sites. You can add websites to either area that you wish to allow or not allow no matter what other settings are on your computer. This is one way to block your younger ones from visiting some website.

Now Go to the next tab at the top which is the privacy. Now this is another area where you need to be careful when making changes and understand what you are changing before making any changes. This is almost certainly already set to medium which is fine for most of users. The import button usually doesn’t apply to you. Hit the advanced button. Everything here is usually grayed out except the option to check override cookie handling.

Automatic settings option this mean that you accept both first party and third party cookies policy. That means you accept cookies from the website you are visiting and from any other websites that the all website you are visiting has chosen to set cookies on your computer hard drive like their advertisers or others who want to track user’s habits ages country E.T.C .

Click on override automatic cookie handling, then check the block for the third party cookies and you will block some spyware or adware being placed on your computer. If you want to block cookies access from a particular web site or you want to only allow cookies from specific websites, this is where you add those websites to block.

Next, we go to the Content tab. again, this is a step that you need to know before making any changing’s before you change anything. You can click on enable for content advisor. The first slider bar can be use to changed to block different types of content you don’t like. Firstly you will start with types of language you wish to block, then website you don’t what by clicking the icons in the window and using the slider bar. The “more info” button will help you understand this option more.

The approved sites tab at the top will let you enter web sites that you want to access regardless of the settings you just made with the slider bar. On the general tab on your browser, you should click allow all websites that have no rating because not all web sites are betting rated. You can also check on the box that says a supervisor, you, can use a password to access restricted your  websites.

If you share your computer with your children or friends, this is an option where you the owner can visit restricted websites but they cannot. Be careful when setting this password. If you forget the password, you will not be able to make changes to these settings again. If you forget this password, you have to know how to go into the registry to get it removed from the browser. Unless you knowledge about rating systems, you don’t need to worry about the two buttons at the bottom of this tab or the advanced tab.

After you are done click ok to make any changes you made and to enter a password if you want to sure it. If you get college about certificates and publishers then you don’t need my help here. If you don’t understand them, don’t torches those option.

Click the auto complete button. This is much easy to understand. Auto complete search works to help you not have to type the same information on forms and in your Internet Explorer browsers address bar to any website. You can also clear any previous information here that you have already save. Click on prompts me to save passwords and it will require you each time you enter a password if you want Internet Explorer browser to remember your password for this website so you don’t have to type it in every time you visit same website. I don’t recommend you to allow it to remember some important information like banking and financial passwords.

My Profile is where you can enter personal information and use that whenever those information are required for your profile on a website or it can be automatically accessed by some applications saving you time much and essay.

Now, click the connections tab. If you are currently connected to the internet and reading this article, on internet explorer brewers then it is safe to assume your settings here are correct and you should leave them alone. Click the programs tab at the top of your brewers. There are also drop down menus to help you set up  the default program for each of the tasks. This is a personal optimal chose that will let you set your default web browser, html editor, and email program.

Now we reach the advanced tab at the too second to the last . No, this area is mostly personal option and your choices don’t have near the serious consequences of your settings in content, privacy, and security. Most of the choices should not torch it just leave it the default settings. I will only talk here about the ones you may want to change it latter or now. Do not check notification for EVERY script error unless you want to be annoyed a lot by tons of notification. Not every script in every website is error free and there will be a lot of popup about them if you check that box.

Notify me when downloads has been complete if checked will give you a sound when a download is complete. Underline links is a personal choice. I set it on always so I know when I see a link. The next ones again are a choice of whether you want to use Auto complete or not.

You can scroll through the rest of the option and change the ones you understand. Likely if you don’t understand an option you don’t have to change it anyway. I hope this article has been helpful to you and has helped you personalize your internet explorer  settings rather than have Bill Gates do it for you.


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