Five essential Internet Explorer 11 tips

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.

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13 replies

  1. Perhaps you could supply an 11th tip. I bought a new laptop a year ago and IE9 was the default browser but I had to disable it as it was acting like a virus. It just kept opening up at erratic intervals even if I was already using it. I contacted John Lewis, where I bought the laptop, and also Microsoft and nobody could help me solve the puzzle so I turned off the feature and I returned to my much loved Firefox with Google as a backup. I look forward to a Tech Convo on Firefox and Google tips.

  2. Ever since Explorer 11 was automatically upgraded on my laptop,any time I go on the website the laptop keeps crushing,particularly when you scroll the screen and it drop down arrows on combo boxes do not allow selection anymore. Any ideas what to do

    1. Joseph and Steph, perhaps you could try a “system restore” back to before IE11 was installed, which should take you back to IE10 or whatever you had previously. Then adjust your “update” settings from automatic, so you can choose which updates to install; leave the IE11 one unticked, so it doesn’t reinstall. I’m not a techie and haven’t tried this myself, but I hope it helps… Or just buy Apple stuff; I hardly use Windows nowadays!

  3. I installed IE 11 on my own & my daughters laptop ,after a week both were removed as some programs failed to work properly, went back onto IE 10 & everything worked again, hope this helps you a bit (if you want to try it out just search for IE 11 download)

  4. Can’t really agree that tip 5 is a speed up. Caching images is the number one thing you can do to speed up browsing. Deleting the cache slows things down.

    The cache automatically manages page versioning too, so the latest version of a page should come up without the need for clearing caches.

    Clearing these items is an ‘in extremis’ technique for those badly programmed web sites where the site developers don’t really know what they are doing.

    1. Clearing the cache in IE is a frequent necessity as IE frequently fails to notice that the page has been updated. I manage websites for clients and am often told by my customers that they don’t see the changes after I make them. It seems that IE favors cache over going to the server, even if the page has changed since the cache date. I’m just saying.

      That’s why I keep another browser around, so I can load the page in the other browser hence no cached version. I wish there was a way to turn off caching all together.

      At home I prefer Firefox, but at work I have to use IE because the intranet is built using SharePoint. SP only supports IE.

  5. Anyone !! I have windows 7 and my IE fails to connect with my mail account however my Firefox can and does and how do uninstall IE I cannot find it in my Prog Files

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