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Speeding Up Your Internet Explorer Browser

on February 5, 2011
Speeding Up Your Internet Explorer Browser is the second in a series of tips and advice on cleaning your sluggish computer.

Internet Explorer – Windows Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer; commonly abbreviated to IE or MSIE), is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems starting in 1995. It was first released as part of the add-on package Plus! for Windows 95 that year. Later versions were available as free downloads, or in service packs, and included in the OEM service releases of Windows 95 and later versions of Windows. [Source: Wikipedia]

Now, let’s speed up (and declutter) Internet Explorer.

Temporary Internet Files – 

1. From your task bar, go to Start – Internet Explorer.
2. While in Internet Explorer, click Tools on the toolbar.
3. Click Internet Options.
4. Under the General tab, go to Browsing history and click Settings.
5. The Temporary Internet Files and History Settings box will open.
6. Click View Files.
7. Windows Explorer will open so you can see temporary internet files that are located on your computer’s hard drive.  Take a look at the Address bar located at the top of the window – you will see a path, such as C:\Documents and Settings\XXXXX\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files*.
8. Click anywhere inside the right pane where the temporary internet files are located .
9. Hold down the ctrl key and without releasing the ctrl key, hit the letter A quickly and release. All of the files in the right pane should now be highlighted (if not, repeat).
10. Hit the delete key, and when asked if you want to delete these files, click yes. The files will be sent to the recycle bin.
11. When you are done click the red “X” in the upper right corner of the window.
12. Return to the Temporary Internet Files and History Settings box, and click OK.  This will take you back to the General tab of the Internet Options box.
*Please note the names of your files and folders may be slightly different or in different locations.

Downloaded Program Files – 

1. Under the General tab, go to Browsing History.
2. Click Settings.
3. Click View Objects.
4. Windows Explorer will open so you can see downloaded program files that are located on your computer’s hard drive.  Take a look at the Address bar located at the top of the window – you will see a path, such as C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files*.
5. Click anywhere inside the right pane where the downloaded program files are located.
6. Hold down the ctrl key and without releasing the ctrl key, hit the letter quickly and release. All of the files in the right pane should now be highlighted (if not, repeat).
7. Hit the delete key, and when asked if you want to delete these files, click yes. The files will be sent to the recycle bin.
8. When you are done click the red “X” in the upper right corner of the window.
9. Return to the Temporary Internet Files and History Settings box, and click OK.  This will take you back to the General tab of the Internet Options box.
*Please note the names of your files and folders may be slightly different or in different locations.

Delete Browsing History –

1. Under the General tab, go to Browsing History.
2. Place a check in the delete browsing history on exit box if you would like Internet Explorer to clear your temporary internet files, browsing history and cookies each time you close Internet Explorer.  This will keep your browser running more efficiently, but do not do this is you would like Internet Explorer to remember your browsing history or you want to keep cookies.
3. Click Delete.
4. The Delete Browsing History box will appear.
5. Place a check inside each box of the item or items you would like to delete.
6. Click Delete.
7. A box will appear showing you that the browsing history is being deleted.
8. When you return to the Internet Options box, click OK to complete.
9. This will bring you back to your Internet Explorer browser.

Go ahead, try it out!  You should now be able to view web pages more easily.

Next time…Cleaning Hard to Find Problems in Windows Explorer
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