Now that you’ve had the chance to get used to Windows 8.1, you’ll likely be familiar with Internet Explorer 11. Aside from the return of the Start button, Microsoft’s latest web browser is one of the operating system’s most high profile features. Plus, it comes packed with handy tricks for you to take advantage of.
From cleaning up pages so they’re easier to read to selecting which passwords your browser saves, we reveal our five essential Internet Explorer 11 tips.
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1) Split screen viewing
With Windows 8.1 you don’t need two screens to view web pages side-by-side. Just right click on a link and then select for it to Open in a new window. Both windows will display with a 50-50 split, and you can even adjust how much you see of each page by dragging the black bar dividing them back and forth.
2) Reading View
Want to cut the clutter out of a web page and concentrate on just its text and photos? The new Reading View mode in Internet Explorer 11 does exactly this. To access it, tap the Book button on the web address bar and then adjust the style and size of what you see using the Options menu.
3) Set which passwords you save
Saving passwords to your laptop is convenient if you don’t want to type in a string of characters every time you log into Facebook. That said, if you lose your laptop then it could contain the keys to your Amazon, Paypal and other online shopping accounts. Head over to Settings > Accounts, and you’ll be able to view and delete sign in information for the sites you visit via Internet Explorer.
4) Permanent tabs
With Internet Explorer 11 you can actually your tabs to the bottom of your screen no matter what you’re doing. To enable this super-speedy access, go to Settings > Options > Always show address bar and tabs, and then you’ll be able to access your tabs whenever you need them.
5) Clear its cache
To speed up your browser and view the most recent version of a web page, click on its Settings > Options > History. Then it’s a matter of selecting the Cached images box and deleting them. You’ll also be able to delete your History and Cookies settings too.