If you're still in Windows 7, not to worry. There is a host of cool tips that you can access from your Internet Explorer browser to maximize your navigation tools. Microsoft has a host of cool feature that works well with IE, and we've found the best ones here so you can navigate like a pro. Let's take a look at a few easy ways you can optimize your browser settings in Internet Explorer.
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When you set up Internet Explorer, you don't have to select the option to let them view your pages and search for a fix. Just say no to that. While it's great to allow them to help you make the system better, you're waiving your right to privacy, so just skip it or decline. Despite it being recommended, your privacy is more important.
If you're at work and you don't want your searches tracked, you can open a private browsing session. To do this, click on "settings", then "safety", and select "in private browsing". You should see a private window open that you can use. The shortcut is CTRL + Shift + P.
Internet Explorer has minimized how much is on their screen, but you can change this. Just right-click in any empty part of the title section of IE and you will see the drop-down menu options for the other toolbar settings and choices. Who knew?
You can change the size of your address bar anytime you want. For this simple change, just drag it by the corner on the top right-hand edge to widen it or decrease the size of it. Note: Your tabs might be smaller, so keep that in mind.
Most people come across this by default. You can rearrange your tabs in the order you want. Most people do this if they have a lot of items open and may want their first tab to be a priority. To do this, just click on and drag any tab into the order you want it and when you're done, drop it there. Tip: If you find that you accidentally pull a tab out and see it on a page by itself, just minimize it and drag it by the top of the tab back near the other tabs and release it there. It will pop/snap back into place.
If you have sites you're working on and you want to keep them accessible, just pin them to your taskbar. Just drag the icon to the taskbar and it will pin there. When you want to unpin it, just right-click on it and select "unpin".
With Internet Explorer, you can find your most recent history by pulling down the address bar to see the most recent sites you were on. You can remove any site by just selecting the (X) next to it. This is very helpful if you are at work and want to hop online or if you're shopping for gifts and don't want a family member to see your recent history. Note: To delete your history, click on the icon at the top right and then select "history" and delete to permanently remove it.
We hope these tips were helpful. For more pointers on browser settings and navigating favorites, please see our other articles. Bye for now!
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