How to Speed up Your Internet Browsing Experience | ClipTraining Video Blog

Hopefully you got a chance to see our Browser roundup earlier this week.  Towards the end, I talked about a simple way to potentially speed up Internet Explorer: removing unneeded add-ons.  Some of you may need a refresher on this and some other tricks to boost your browser.  So without further ado, here are 3 ways to pick up the pace for Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer (No Add-ons)

This may actually be the fastest way to see if Add-ons are slowing your browser down or not.  Available to Windows Vista and 7 users, this nifty browser tool is accessible by selecting the following:

1)      Click the Start Orb

2)      Choose All Programs

3)      Select the Accessories folder

4)      Go to System Tools

5)      Click on Internet Explorer (No Add-ons)

This will allow you to browse the Internet with a bare bones version of Internet Explorer.  You’ll be amazed at how fast you can zip along!  Then you’ll realize it is your add-ons that have been slowing you down.  No problem, go on to the next trick –Managing Add-ons.

Managing Add-ons

Apparently Microsoft got the picture that Add-ons, while helpful at times, can dramatically slow down your browser.  Fortunately, they provide a nice feature on the tools menu called Manage Add-ons.   This is your all in one stop for viewing and managing your Internet Explorer add-ons.  You’ll be able to manage Toolbars and Extensions, Search Providers, Accelerators and Tracking protection.  In this dialog, you can modify the add-on or view critical details about it.  If you need a reminder on how this works for Internet Explorer 8, head over to the Windows 7 section of the Training Library and watch the 3:13 clip Lesson 33 – Add-ons and Pop ups.

Delete Browsing Data

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that our History, Caches and Personal Data are leaving a trail behind us.  All of this can add up and may be the culprit to some slow moving websites.  Fix this quickly by going over to the Tools menu and selecting Delete Browsing History.  Read the checkboxes carefully and pick the ones you want deleted.  Click Delete and you’re done.

So forget about installing something to speed up your browser.  Instead, follow the steps above to see how fast your browser really can go. 

Posted on September 11, 2011 at 10:19 am

Categories: Follow-up Friday, Internet Explorer

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