Internet Explorer is a web browser that you use to search the web. You can start Internet Explorer using the Start menu or the button on the taskbar. Internet Explorer 8 starts and loads pages faster than previous versions (New!). After you start Internet Explorer, you might need to establish a connection to the Internet by selecting a dial-up service and entering a user name and password. If you have problems running Internet Explorer—sudden crash—due to add-on programs, only that tab is affected while the other tabs remain stable (New!). The affected tab is automatically reloaded (New!). You can start Internet Explorer with no add-ons, and then turn off individual add-ons to determine the problem. The elements of the Internet Explorer window allow you to view, print, and search for information on the Internet.
Start Internet Explorer
1. Click the Internet Explorer button, on the taskbar.
• To start Internet Explorer without Add-ons, click the Start button, point to All Programs, click System Tools, and then click Internet Explorer (Non Add-ons).
2. If necessary, click Connect to dial your ISP. You might need to type your user name and password before Internet Explorer will connect to the Internet. The Internet Explorer window opens.
You can work offline. If connection time is an issue, you can download and display a web page and then work offline to read it. Click the Tools button, and then click Work Offline. Internet Explorer stays in offline mode until you clear the check mark.
You can turn off the alert asking to make Internet Explorer the default. In Internet Options, click the Programs tab, clear the Tell Me If Internet Explorer Is Not The Default Web Browser check box, and then click OK.
Browsing with Protected Mode
Internet Explorer includes protected mode, which makes it difficult for hackers using a web site to install malicious software on your computer, yet makes it easy for you to install wanted software using the Standard user account (with security enabled) instead of the Administrator user account (with security disabled). Protected mode is turned on by default. When a web page tries to install unwanted software, a warning message appears on the Status bar. If you need to disable or enable it, click the Tools button, click Internet Options, click the Security tab, clear or select the Enable Protected Mode (requires restarting Internet Explorer) check box, and then click OK.
Source of Information : Microsoft Windows 7 on Demand (2009)
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