The user agent of a web browser is a string value which identifies that browser and provides certain system details to servers hosting the websites you visit. Thanks to the new flags page in Internet Explorer 11, it is now very easy to change the user agent string. You can experiment with it using the latest publicly available Windows 10 build at this moment, which is 9879. Let's see how it can be done.
Internet Explorer 12 features a new updated Trident rendering engine which is present for now only in Windows 10. Even though the name, Trident is the same, it is more lightweight. The old rendering mode is also still included for backward compatibility. The new Trident mode is not active by default, instead IE automatically decides which engine it will use. If you want to try the brand new content rendering mode, here is how you can do it.
The Favorites bar in Internet Explorer is a very useful way to visit your favorite websites with one click. It is a toolbar located below the address bar. The user is able to add sites to the Favorites bar by dragging the URL from the address bar or clicking the 'Add to Favorites bar' button. Additionally, RSS feeds which have been added to the Favorites bar can be checked with one click. In this article, we will see how to customize the appearance of the Favorites bar and switch its view between icons, short titles and long titles.
Addons are an important part of any modern browser. Using addons, it is possible to extend and modify features of the browser. In Internet Explorer, addons are implemented as special applications with start with IE and provide toolbars, buttons and handlers for various multimedia content. Some common add-ons are Adobe Flash, QuickTime, and Silverlight. Another example is the Classic IE addon, which is part of Classic Shell, which restores the caption to the title bar, and page loading progress indicator bar and security zone to IE's status bar. If you have many addons installed, it can affect the browser's performance and also cause stability issues. If your IE is crashing or slowing down, it is useful to run the browser in the addons-free mode to troubleshoot and fix problems with addons.
InPrivate browsing mode is special privacy-focused mode of Internet Explorer. When you open an IE window with InPrivate Browsing enabled, Internet Explorer does not retain cookies, temporary internet files, history, and other data related to your browsing activities. When the InPrivate Browsing session window is closed, this data is cleared. Also, InPrivate Browsing mode does not allow toolbars and extensions to be loaded by default. InPrivate Browsing mode can be activated by clicking on the Settings icon - Safety - Start InPrivate browsing or using the keyboard by pressing Ctrl + Shift + P shortcut keys. There are also a button on the IE command bar (toolbar) to start InPrivate browsing. However, all of these methods require a regular IE window to be opened first. In this article, we will see how to start InPrivate Browsing directly, saving you a number of unnecessary clicks.
Internet Explorer 9 introduced a nifty feature to pin a website by dragging it from the address bar and dropping it onto the Taskbar. It is present in IE10 and IE11 too. While the Quick Launch also allowed creating shortcuts to websites, pinning allowed users to use a large icon for the site shortcut. However, the problem with pinned sites is that all IE addons are disabled when you open a pinned site. If this is a deal-breaker for you, you will be pleased to know that there is a way to pin websites to the Taskbar without disabling addons.
Over a period of time, Internet Explorer can become slow and tabs may become unresponsive. If you installed many toolbars, add-ons or plugins, they will affect the browser performance and also stability. Badly written add-ons are the most common cause of crashes. Additionally, you might have changed your browser settings and don't remember the default settings. If you face any of these issues, you should try resetting Internet Explorer. It comes with useful "Reset" feature which can restore the defaults and disable third-party addons with one click.
If you use Internet Explorer, you have many tabs open at one time. There is always a risk of your saved IE browser session getting corrupted or lost. In that case, it's a good idea to copy the website URLs of all your open tabs in IE to a text file so even if your session gets corrupted or lost, you can restore the tabs. Thankfully, IE allows doing this without manually going to each tab and copying its web address.
In early versions of Windows, Internet Explorer had a special icon right on the Desktop. It was not just a shortcut, but an ActiveX object which provided access to various IE settings and features by right clicking it. However, in Windows XP SP3, Microsoft decided to remove the icon completely from the Desktop. You were still able to create a regular shortcut to IE, but the ActiveX icon wasn't accessible any more. Let's see how to restore that useful icon on your Desktop. Just follow this simple tutorial.
The download manager in Internet Explorer has a limit for the amount of simultaneously running transfers or downloads. For example, in Internet Explorer 9 it was limited only to 6 downloads. With IE10 and above, Microsoft has increased this limit to 8 downloads. If this amount is insufficient for you or you have some other reason to increase it, you will be happy to know that you can change it. Using a simple registry tweak, you can increase it from 8 to a higher amount e.g. 16. Just follow these simple instructions below.