IE 8 Tips

Internet Explorer 8, the popular Web browser from Microsoft, was released on March 19, 2009. Microsoft adjusted the browser to include features that keep pace with users' Web-browsing needs and to compete with rivals Firefox and Mozilla. Internet Explorer 8 is compatible with Windows 2003, Windows XP and Windows Vista. It is a free download from the Microsoft website.

  1. Hide the Menu Bar

    • The menu bar resides along the top of the screen and contains the "File," "Edit," "View," "Favorites," "Tools" and "Help" menus. When you are using Internet Explorer 8 and need a little more screen space, you can hide the menu bar by choosing "View," then "Toolbars" and deselecting "Menu Bar." When you want to display the menu bar again, all you have to do is press the ALT key.

    Change the Header and Footer for Printouts

    • Pages printed from Internet Explorer no longer have to display only the Web address of that particular page. You can insert any text into the header and footer with Internet Explorer 8. To change the default header/footer setting, choose "File," then "Page Setup," and select the appropriate settings under "Headers And Footers."

    Adjust Download Limits

    • The default number of downloads that can be performed with Internet Explorer is two. You can increase this value by using the Microsoft wizard listed in the Resources section and clicking on the "Fix It" button.

    Use InPrivate Browsing

    • Internet Explorer 8 provides the InPrivate Browsing feature that will not record cookies, history items or cached pages. This is ideal for shared computer use or if you need to prevent loved ones from discovering where you bought their birthday or holiday gifts.

    Use the Keyboard to Select Text

    • Before version 8, the only way you could select text was to use the mouse pointer. In version 8 of Internet Explorer, you can activate the caret-browsing feature by pressing the F7 key. Once this feature is activated, all you have to do to select the exact text you want is to click on the text, and then press Shift and the arrow keys.

    Customize Toolbars

    • To tailor Internet Explorer 8's toolbars to your specific needs, right-click on the toolbar and select Customize. This displays a menu with options, such as "Use Large Icons" and "Show Stop and Refresh Buttons before Address Bar." You can customize the Favorites toolbar by selecting "Show All Text Labels," "Show Selective Text" or "Show Only Icons." You can add or remove commands to your toolbars as well.

    Search More Quickly

    • With Internet Explorer 8, you don't have to have a particular search engine's page displayed in order to search a term. You can begin a search from any page by typing a question mark, a space and then the term you want to search right in the address box.

    Find Quick Access to Hard-to-Find Controls

    • The status bar at the bottom of the Internet Explorer 8 window provides easy access to some controls. The Privacy Report, Pop-up Blocker and Zoom controls are commonly available in the status bar.

    Identify Fake Web Addresses

    • In the Internet Explorer 8 Address box, the displayed site's domain name is highlighted to help you spot illegitimate Web pages that may have misleading addresses.

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