By default, Internet Explorer stores website addresses that you have visited in the past like all browsers. This is called the 'browsing history'. Depending on IE's AutoComplete settings, it may include web forms data you entered on various sites, passwords, cookies and local site preferences and the cache. However, if you need to share your Windows account with other users, you might want to clear the browsing history in Internet Explorer. Here's how to clear it.
In the latest release of Internet Explorer 11, as the recent leaks show, there is a compatibility feature called Enterprise Mode. Using Enterprise Mode, corporate users will be able to extend the compatibility view feature with their own customized settings. Let's see how we can activate it in the recently leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 build.
When you enter a password on some website in Internet Explorer, it prompts you to store the password for further use. Once you have allowed Internet Explorer to store your password, it will fill the user name and password fields automatically the next time you visit that page again. For security and safety reasons you might prefer to not store your passwords and disable the save password prompt completely in Internet Explorer 11. Here is how you can turn it off.
As you may be knowing, 64-bit editions of Windows include 32-bit Internet Explorer as well as a 64-bit version. This has been the case since Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and the reason that both editions are included is for compatibility with addons. When 64-bit IE was first introduced, most addons like Flash Player, Java, and most ActiveX controls were 32-bit only. 32-bit addons cannot work with 64-bit IE, that's why Microsoft bundled both x86 and x64 IE versions. Users could easily open whichever IE they wanted but this changed with Internet Explorer 10. Let us see how.
If you are a user of Internet Explorer, one day it can surprise you and stop working. A friend of mine called me today and complained that his Internet Explorer browser was not opening in Windows 8.1 from the taskbar as well as the Start Screen. Thankfully, we were able to resolve the issue. Here is what we did.
When you are using Internet Explorer, a notification bar will be displayed at the bottom for several tasks you do in the browser.
When you start a download, it shows as a notification. When you complete a download, it notifies you again. The same notification bar also becomes visible when Internet Explorer prompts you to disable addons to improve its performance or when some site is trying to install an ActiveX control. When you delete IE's history or when a popup is blocked, it shows again. When a website becomes unresponsive, IE notifies you again via the notification bar. So this is a very frequently used element of the user interface. Unfortunately, Microsoft made its keyboard usability very poor.
There is a secret hidden shortcut which allows you to close the notification bar directly using the keyboard only. Let's discover it right now.
Internet Explorer 11 has introduced one feature which is enabled by default. The browser automatically suggests you web addresses and search results based on the text which you type in the address bar. Moreover, this URL suggesting is on by default. If you are not happy which this behavior and would like to disable the suggested sites feature, follow this simple tutorial.
In modern versions of Internet Explorer, IE11/IE10/IE9, you get a useful New Tab page, which has tiles for frequently visited websites. By right clicking the tile or by pressing the little cross button (x) in the top right corner of each tile, you are able to remove that particular site from the list of thumbnails. But, for some reason, once you hide a specific website, there is no interface to restore it. What if you have deleted some site accidentally? Or maybe you removed it previously but prefer to have the site listed in the Frequent section again?
Users of alternative browsers often blame Internet Explorer for the missing 'Paste and Go' feature. That feature is really convenient: you can copy a URL from some text, document or another webpage, and then go to that url in a new tab with one click. Most modern browsers have the 'Paste and Go' feature in the context menu of the address bar. For example, this is how it is implemented in Google Chrome:
When I tried Internet Explorer 11, I was slightly surprised that it still has a fixed number of thumbnail rows on the New Tab page. I am of the opinion that the number of rows should be dynamic and must depend on the current display resolution and browser window size. However, the number of thumbnails for frequently visited websites on the New Tab page in IE11 is still strictly limited to two rows! In this tutorial, we will look how to increase the number of rows and make the new tab page of the browser more useful.