How to Make Internet Explorer Load Faster

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Internet Explorer is the default Web browser created by the Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft Corporation. Internet Explorer is included in all versions of the Windows operating system. Recent iterations of Internet Explorer have incorporated advanced browsing features found in other browsers, such as Mozilla's Firefox. These additional features have added increased productivity to the browser, but can also create longer load times. Learn how to make Internet Explorer load faster to save time and make your Web browsing more efficient.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet Explorer 5.0+
  • Windows 98 or higher
  • Notepad utility (included in Windows)
  • Open the Notepad program, included in all versions of Windows. Click the Start menu and select \"All Programs.\" It is located in the \"Utilities\" folder.

  • Enter the following text into the Notepad program: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00.

  • Skip a line, and type the following text: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]

  • Add the following text after the line in Step 3, noting that there is only one quotation mark in the beginning of the string of text (don't add a second set of quotation marks): “MaxConnectionsPerServer”=dword:00000010

  • Type one last line below the text in Step 4: “MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server”=dword:0000010

  • Review what you've typed. There should be four lines of text. Save the file as \"tweakbrowser.reg.\" Windows will ask you if you want to add \".reg\" to the document. Confirm that you do want to add that file suffix. To make the next few steps simple, save the file to your desktop for easy access.

  • Right-click the file you just saved and select \"Open.\" The Windows operating system will then alert you that you are changing the registry. Confirm that you want the registry edited. The registry is a core component of Windows and controls various aspects of software operations, including the running of Internet Explorer. This file edits the registry to shorten the amount of time it takes for Internet Explorer to display pages that it is loading, essentially shortening your loading time.

  • Open the Internet Explorer browser by clicking the \"Start\" menu and selecting the \"Internet Explorer\" button at the top of the menu.

  • Click \"Tools\" in the top of the browser and select \"Options.\" Increase Internet Explorer's cache by dragging the cache slider to the right and clicking \"Apply.\" This gives the browser more space to store temporary Internet files, which are data pieces from websites it accesses and stores on the local hard drive so that it can load the same website faster the next time you try to visit it.

  • Close Internet Explorer and restart your computer. The registry edits from Step 7, as well as the increased cache allowance from Step 9, will rapidly decrease the load time of both the Internet Explorer program and how it displays Web pages.

Tips & Warnings

  • Increase the space allowance allotted to temporary Internet files so Internet Explorer does not have to continuously download new data from a website (adding to load time).


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