Here I have collaborated a few points to speed up your webbrowsing on the internet. I hope you find it useful :) 1) View multiple pages at once - you acn load one page while reading another by pressing Control + N and opening another window. 2) If you can, make do with the bare necessities on a website. You can turn off time-consuming pictures, sounds or movie clips by clicking on Tools, Internet Options, and the Advanced tab and deselecting the relevant multimedia elements. 3) Instead of typing the full address into your browser, you can visit some company sites such as Yahoo! or Dell simply by typing their name in the address panel. If it does not take you to the site, you will be presented with a search menu that should offer the right link. 4) Alternatively, in IE you can type a company's name into the address panel and press control+enter to insert the www. and .com either side of the name, and you will automatically be whisked off to the site. 5) Get up early- the web can slow down in the afternoon in Britain as America wakes up and places increased demand on the world's servers. 6) You don't have to wait for a page to load to click on the link - if you see what you want online, just click and go. 7) If a site offers you the choice of non Flash, non Shockwave, or non Plug-in versions, use them. You may lose some flashy animations, but the page will load faster. 8) Make sure you have the latest version of your browser, as it will include all the recent protocols and plugins required to zip around the web. You can check at www.microsoft.com/ie or www.microsoft.com/download. If you prefernot to download, you can find the latest browsers on computer magazine front covers. 9) The world's third most popular browser, Opera, is renowned for its speed. Version 5 is available for free download from www.opera.com, although a built in advertising bar may make it slower than be
fore. 10) Keep as many pages as possible as temporary internet files. Set limits for these files in IE by clicking on Tools and Internet Options. This stops them consuming too much space. And thats it! I hope you find these points useful!
Internet Explorer is the most commonly used browser around the world with Netscape not far behind, but also getting bigger is the Opera claiming to the “The Fastest Browser In The World” But recently brought out is Mozilla. So take your pick leave a view to tell me your favourite. But back to Internet Explorer it has got all the common features. The thing that holds it down a bit is when you hit the back button when it access it’s cache (Where it saves Pages where you have been) it is one of the worst responses times over the 4 browsers. I.E Is very plainly spread out it has the information bar at the bottom if the page is loading or not, also how far it has loaded also if the page is secure or not and where the page is based On the Internet, Local Intranet or Unknown. Then In the middle the actual display where the page is displayed up the top there is: The Back Button – Makes the browser go back to the last page you have just visited. The Forward Button -- Makes the browser go forward to the page you have just come from. Stop: Stops all actions and loading pages Refresh: Loads the current page again and makes sure it is up to date with the current page On the Internet Home: Goes to your set homepage Search: Opens up a side window where you can do an Internet search by MSN. Favourites: Opens up your favourite window where you can jump to the required page you Have preset. History: Lists in day’s pages you have been to on the Internet Mail: Read mail is where you can read your email client and check your emails New message is where you compose a message in your email client and send it. Send A Link is where your email client sends a link of the page you are on the required person Send Page sends the current page to the required person in your e
mail client Read News opens up your email client and checks for new messages on your newsgroups Print: Prints the page on your printer. Edit: You can see the HTML (How a web page is made) in a HTML reader Default is notepad. Discuss: Logs on to a server to talk to somebody (Leave a comment if I am wrong I am not sure) On The menu you have: File: New: Either opens up a new window, Message, Post, Contact or Internet Call Open: Opens a HTML Page Edit: Lets your view The HTML Save As: Lets you save the current page on to your computer / hard disk Page Setup: Lets you change the page setup Print: Prints The Page Print Preview: Lets you preview the page before you print Send: Lets you send the page by email in a link or the whole page. Import And Export: Lets you transfer Internet explores settings and also things like favourites Properties: Lets you view the properties of the current page Work Offline: Means you come off the Internet and lets you view that page offline Close: Closes the window Edit: Cut: You can’t normally use this Copy: Copy’s your selected items to the windows clipboard Paste: You Can’t normally do this Select All: Selects all the objects on that current page Find: Looks on that page for the required text. View: Really gets lets you change the look of the browser and what things to display nothing much. Favourites: Lets you add a favourite organize them and browse them Tools: Mail and News: Same as the button above mail and news. Synchronize: Updates all your favourite pages. Windows Update: Updates your current version of windows Internet Options: Lets you change your options in here you can Change your homepage History Options Temporary Internet Options Change your security settings Lets you set content settings e.g. what yo
u see on the Internet. Connections let you change how you connect to the Internet. Programs: Let you choose what programs you use for different actions. Lets you change advanced settings don’t change these unless you are experienced. Help: Helps you with Internet explorer.
Microsoft Internet Explorer is one of the best and most widly used internet browsers on the market. Its main success is due to its brilliant functionality and ease of use, plus its FREE! However there are other browsers available free of charge, which are just as functional and easy to use, such as Netscape Navigator. At the end of the day its all down to what browser you like and are comfortable using. I've tried both Microsoft Internet Explorer (now on version 5.5) and netscape navigator. I prefer to use Microsft internet browser as I think its got a slight edge over Netscape navigator. However which browser you use is really down to your preferences, but most of you reading this will be using some version of microsoft internet explorer. If you haven't got the latest version I recommend that you get it. Download it (www.microsoft.com) or get it on a free ISP disk (or from a computer magazine cover disk) I like Internet Explorer for the nifty little features it offers and the vast range of shortcuts and tricks: Heres a few Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts that will make using IE 5.5 easier... Tip 1: The standard toolbar can be customized to make buttons smaller, remove buttons, control the layout etc. To customize your toolbar right click it anywhere where there is some blank grey area. A menu should appear > Click "Customize" A dialogue box will appear letting you change a range of things you may have not known you could change! Tip 2: This is a good trick for when you want to quickly type a address into the adress bar, but don't want to use the mouse to click on it. Simply use this short-cut: Alt + D This will highlight the address bar. You can now type in the address bar without having even touch your mouse. Tip 3: While in full screen mode right click the tool bar and select auto hide. This will give you the who
le screen for the webpage and no toolbars. To see the toolbar move your mouse cursor up to the top of the screen. The toolbar will appear... Tip 4: Quick Jump! To go forward a webpage press Alt + RightArrow To go back a webpage press Alt + LeftArrow Tip 5: The built-in search thingy shortcut: The search tool thingy that comes with I.E. 5.5 can be quickly opened by pressing Ctrl + E Tip 6: Quick Scrolling of long webpages. Rather than scrolling with the mouse simply press the spacebar! It will scroll down in big junks (each time you press it!). Tip 7: Favourites menu shortcut: If your on a webpage you want to add to your favourties folder simply type Ctrl + D Tip 8: The F11 key is a full screen view toggle. Press it to go in and out of full screen browser mode...
So you are using Microsoft I.E 5.5 Its a big product, and you will need a decent spec machine to run it on,but as browsers go it does the job. Personally I found my browsing slowed down somewhat when I installed 5.5, the older versions did not seem to run as sluggishly. However im only running on a 233Mhz machine, those of you with faster machines may not have that problem. There is not much difference between versions, at least on the surface, so upgrading is really a matter of choice - you dont have to. Funnily I used to prefer netscape, but I have slowly migrated over to I.E as I prefer it to the latest versions of netscape, but again that is a matter of personal preferences. On to the tips and tricks now! ------------------------------- Are you using it properly? Do you know the short-cuts that can save you time? Lets look at some of these, you may know them already, you may not. Opening / Closing / Using / Searching Browser Windows ------------------------------------------------------ ALT + HOME - Takes you to your homepage (to set up your default homepage click on Tools, Internet Options then fill in the desired page, I have www.dooyoo.co.uk as mine) <CTRL> + N - Opens a new browser window, this saves you from having to click on File then New window - most modern computers can easily handle many open pages at once. <CTRL> + W - Close the current browser window. <ESC> - Stop downloading the current page. F5 - Refresh the current page - but only if it needs refreshing (i.e. the timestamp on your local copy is compared with the time on the copy on the web) <CTRL> + F5 - Forces a refresh of the current page - regardless of timestamp. <CTRL> + P - Print the current page or active frame, useful for quick printouts. F11 - Toggle between full screen and normal display. <CTRL> +
F - Allows you to search for text on the current page by bringing up the Find window. The Address (URL) Bar ----------------------------- The address bar, at the top of your browser window displays the URL (uniform resource locator) of the site you are visiting, or at least it usually does, there are some tricks that can be used to fool it, but in general what you see there is the site you are at. It does more than that though, most people know that you can enter a site into it or even type a word in to kick start a search, but it has some other useful features, some well known, some not so well known. F4 or Click on the Drop Down arrow to see a list of the sites you have visited recently (can be cleared through internet options) Type in the body of a site name on its own, i.e. Ciao then press <CTRL> + ENTER and the www + .Com will be added for you. (If anyone knows of a way to alter this to another default let me know) <CTRL> + CURSOR LEFT - allows you to jump along the Url, i.e. skip to the next / or the next full stop - handy if you want to alter one part only. For those of you who like to play with HTML you can (in addition to the normal view source option) set up the browser to allow you to edit a web page (local pages only). Simply enter your preferred editor into the HTML editor field under Tools > Internet Options > Programs. And finally - did you know that you can execute batch files (anyone remember those!) and executable files simply by typing them into the Address line............... Although written for I.E 5.5 many of the above will work on older versions, and may also work on other browsers, don’t be scared to try them out! If you have a handy tip, please feel free to leave it in the comments section! _____________________________________________ This opinion has been transferred f
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eatures such as updates which access your harddrive and can access anything on your harddrive. Not very good in my book. There is plenty more I can add to this opinion and I will do. Surfice to say, I am not a great fan of IE 5.5 but at least it's better than Netscape 6.
Well, Internet Explorer 5.5 has come in for a lot of criticism. Internet Explorer really has been criticised all through its history really. Probably due in no small part to the fact that it is a Microsoft product - and some people have a real problem with Microsoft products. Let's be honest though - Internet Explorer 5.5 is a great piece of software. It's a huge improvement over previous versions of IE and it trounces the only real commercial opposition (Netscape Navigator 6 - see separate op). Historically, Internet Explorer always had a real problem with being slow and unstable and so anyone with a real interest in computing and the Internet would uninstall it and use the far superior Netscape Navigator software instead. Right up until version 4 of both browsers the Netscape software was clearly ahead - being faster in its URL retrieval and much less prone to crashing and reporting of exceptions that quite simply did not exist. (Object Expected etc). Unfortunately, Netscape stood still for a long time and allowed Microsoft to silently creep through with a much improved version of Internet Explorer. Netscape then messed up big time with Version 6 of their browser... Version 5 of IE was a real turning point. The addition of the smart drop-down choices from the address bar (which are compiled from your browsing history according to what you type into the bar - a great improvement on the annoying auto-complete of old), the improved format for the sidebars, 128 bit strength encryption outside of the US for the first time, and many other things too numerous to mention really made IE stand above Netscape for the first time. It did suffer slightly from still being a bit crash-happy, but it was much more reliable than its predecessors and I think that the really buggy IE5 to which most people refer was the beta version. You can't expect a beta to be perfect... IE5.5 fixed almost all of the bugs an
d allowed greater integration with other communication and internet tools such as MSN Messenger, Microsoft FrontPage, RealPlayer etc. It also carried improved integration into the Windows operating system - speeding up the browsing of files on local machines quite considerably. The fact that IE5.5 is now a packaged part of the Windows Operating System (from the Millennium Edition) ensures that nothing can really beat it for speed. Windows is built around IE now, so you are really on a hiding to nothing if you attempt to find a faster browser for Windows. If you're on Linux or a Mac then IE is not the best choice, but for Windows users it really can't be beaten. IE5.5 is now the industry standard browser too. Everyone write pages for IE - I doubt you'll find more than a handful of developers out there who really give two hoots about Netscape support anymore. Granted - IE doesn't follow W3C conventions too well, but it does have the greatest support for all sorts of different HMTL tags and scripting languages. It has much better support for things such as DHTML and ActiveX than any of its rivals... And you can have multiple instances of IE5.5 without it crashing. Much more than can be said for Netscape 6 (You're lucky to get one instance of that running without a major system crash!) It's fast, user friendly, stable, well supported and FREE to download if you don't already have it installed as a part of your OS. What more could you really want? I think a few more people would like it if they removed the word "Microsoft" from the title, but you really have got to give Microsoft credit this time. They did well with IE5.5... infact they've been getting it right quite a lot lately. (Not before time!) If you've not been using IE5.5 then you've probably been limiting your enjoyment of the 'net. So go get it! Now!
IE 5.5 is good, but needs more tools & power to enhance browsing the Internet. Netscape 6 is also good, but falls short of Internet Explorer. Opera's also a good browser, but has need for a lot of enhancements to improve your browsing experience. Step in ... IE 6, well, IE 6 Public Preview, which is a Beta version that's gotten most of the bugs removed. It looks the same as IE 5.5 on the surface, but when you look at the toolbar, you'll notice the first change. Look a bit further & you'll see a few more changes. Anyway, enough of the waffle & on with what's new - - - that is useful to you all! Personal Bar - - - - This is the customisable sidebar which is used for searching, news, stocks, shares, weather & other stuff. It also doubles up as your media player, which plays, music, videos & various other mixed media formats without having to open separate programs. You can download other bars from Microsoft & other companies, like search bars, calendar tools & plenty more. - - - - In all, this is quite a good enhancement to IE. Image Toolbar - - - - Here's a very useful new tool, which is very handy for virtually everyone! The image bar pops up each time that the cursor passes over an image on a webpage. It basically gives you the option of: - - - - Save Image - - - - Saves images to 'My Pictures' folder, which is created in 'My Documents' when you install IE 6. - - - - E-Mail Image - - - - Does what it says. Choose your image on the webpage & have it e-mailed to a mate with relative ease. - - - - Print Image - - - - Again, does what it says. Choose the image & it's printed out. You still get the choice of quality of print before the actual printing begins. The image toolbar floats slightly above the image that you?re looking at (when the cursor passes over an image) & disappears as soon as the cursor moves away from the image. - - - - This is
an excellent new tool that's handy & works well. Auto-Image Resizer - - - - Saves hours scrolling up & down pages to see the image when it's a big image. This tool automatically resizes the image so that you can see it fully on the browser window. There's no loss of quality with any of the pictures that are resized. - - - - Another very useful enhancement that speeds up the browsing process for all. Media Bar - - - - This is far better than the old Radio Bar! The media bar has its own volume control & lets you listen to radio & CDs on your PC whilst browsing the Net. You can load up Windows Media.com (http://www.windowsmedia.com) & search for media files to listen to & while away your time. - - - - What can I say? Most people will probably find this useful. Contacts/Instant Messaging - - - - Now you've got a contact bar which lets you use Instant Messaging, but without having to open MS Messanger. You access the messenger functions from within your browser window. This has all the functions of MS Messenger, but saves having to open separate programs. - - - - I'll use this one a lot! Web Privacy - - - - This has to be one of the most important enhancements & I'm sure it will be welcomed by all! We all like the idea of being able to restrict the information that's sent out whilst online. Well, now you've got the choice of how much or how little information is sent out from your PC. You are notified when a website contains 3rd party Cookies & can stop the information going out. This tool is fully customisable & the power is now in your hands! - - - - A long overdue enhancement to stop information being taken from your PC without your consent. Fault Collection - - - - If IE crashes, freezes or closes prematurely the Fault Collection tool springs into action. The tool collects the data of the crash, freeze or whatever & makes a report. You decide if the report is sent to
Microsoft or not. The idea is that MS can decide if a bug or just a normal problem caused your problem. It basically lets MS see if there are any unsolved bugs in the browser. - - - - Useful, but a lot of people will be dubious of what's sent to MS. As for the Personal Bar, you can download a range of bars from the MS website. There?s not much of a range of bars just yet, but in due course there'll be loads of them to download. At the moment you have the choice of downloading search bars, news, stocks & shares, media & MS's calendar tools. I tried the calendar & found it very useful, but it can take a while to load as its web based. You can download IE 6 Public Preview from: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/preview/default.asp **Please remember that this is still a Beta version & that there's bound to be some bugs that aren't solved as yet! I only downloaded this software, as I am very experienced & confident with my computer & software. If you do download IE6 PP, you should backup all-important files before you install the software as it could be too late after you install the software! After the installation, make regular backups, just in case there are any problems & you have to reinstall Windows! So far I haven't had a problem running IE6, but that doesn't mean that I won't get any in the future!** Anyway, the full version of IE 6 is looking good & it will be well worth the download once the finished full version is on general release. It took an hour to download all the files for IE 6 & the installation went very smoothly. If you are interested in IE 6, you should take a look at the Microsoft website where you can find loads of information on the program. That's it folks .... Tom
...was to install this load of rubbish on my computer. I deliberately waited until Service Pack 1 was available in the hope that all the bugs would be ironed out (I know that's naive of me). I had been having some problems with instability with 5.01 and decided that 5.5 couldn't be any worse. How wrong I was. Internet Explorer 5.5 is so unstable that it is unbelievable. Every time I try to open more than four browser sessions, one of the stops responding and they all have to be closed. Software this bad should not be allowed to be released. There really is no excuse for anything this bad to be in existence. The idea of releasing an updated piece of software should be because the new one is better. Microsoft don't seem to have grasped this simple little concept. Internet Explorer really is a case of you get what you pay for. You pay nothing and you get nothing. Actually, if you got nothing, it would be better than the mountain of frustration you get from this piece of junk! I'm now going to go and try and find some way of getting rid of this heap of junk and try to put the older version back. Or maybe I'll give Netscape a try. UPDATE. I had the bright idea of trying to remove IE5.5 from my Windows 98 OS. I was given the option of reverting to a previous installation. This sounded like a good idea. DON'T DO IT. I've spent the last twelve hours or so trying to get Windows to work again. I've finally managed it (by reinstalling Windows). The moral of this seems to be, think about whether you need the latest software before you install it, and then think very carefully before you try to remove it. UPDATE (again). Maybe I went a little over the top there. IE5.5 isn't actually that bad. It's not the worst thing I've done to install IE5.5. (Much worse was trying to remove it again, for start!) It's just that it doesn't appear to offer anything
over IE5.01. I am running IE5.5 on my newly reinstalled Win98 and it seems to be working fine. Occasionally it freezes, but no more (or less) than previous versions did. Why oh why can't Microsoft sort themselves out and launch a version of Internet Explorer that actually works, and is nice and stable?
While it may be a very nice and handy browser - it also is the browser with the most security holes in it. I made a page once with a few exploits, and virtually everyone's (including my supposedly PATCHED version) crashed. Netscape on the other hand fared much better, only succumbing to a rapidly flashing black and white screen which could be dealt with. An exploit which killed netscape mail could easily be dealt with. What was more worrying was that IE made the WHOLE computer crash, not just the browser. There are some very nasty exploits which rogue webmasters can employ which steal your cookies. To the layman this may seem like a bizarre phrase, but the cookies are little bits of data stored by your browser so websites can read them and display a customised webpage for you. In rare cases, your credit card number might be stored in a cookie if you made an online transaction through a vendor who was less than tidy with his secure payment software. The only solution is to make SURE you have all the latest updates from microsoft.com, and even then you may not be safe. Also, a virus checker will come in handy too. (See opinion on Norton Anti Virus) Play it safe
I love internet explorer in (almost) every way, it's highly customisable, fast, really well designed in terms of aesthetics and these days it can do practically everything apart from cooking the breakfast*. But the one thing the really annoys me about internet explorer is that it's full of bugs. If, like myself, you leave your computer on and unattended for long periods of time - say for instance if you are downloading, you can guarantee that Internet explorer will almost always throw up an error sooner or later. However, THE most annoying bug in internet explorer has to be the 'Backspace bug', which I have tried to have a rant about to microsoft, but only ever receive automated replies when I send an email: When using a form, particularly forms in web based mail services, when the backspace key tends to be used alot, Internet explorer has a nasty habit of sometimes moving back to the previous web page when you press the backspace key, even when in a text box - this is due to the fact that the backspace key is ordinarily associated with the 'Back' function of the browser. Due to this bug I have lost many a long email as most of the time, pressing the forward button simply generates the messgae 'This web page has expired". Highly annoying!! * Get out clause: that was an exaggeration.
I came to use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer not by choice but because it was pre-installed when I got my new PC with Millennium Edition Operating System. Having heard during the last couple of years how bad Explorer was and how unstable it could be I wasn’t very happy about it being pre-installed but as all of my choices of computer had it in place I had to use it. I didn’t quite approach Explorer as a newbie because of my experience with the three browsers that I used on the Amiga. But an out and out novice wouldn’t find it all that difficult to browse around and would get used to the basic functions pretty quickly. If Explorer had been bad in the past it certainly wasn’t now. I have Internet Explorer 5.50 and it has done everything that I have asked of it without even a hint of a problem. On my 850MHz machine it is lightning fast and seems to handle all the latest innovations in web site code without a problem. In short I view a web site as the Webmaster intended. It wasn’t too difficult to find my way around as the drop down menus and icons were clearly shown. In my case it as just a question of remembering where each function was. Although I got hold of Netscape 6 and Opera and gave them a quick whirl just to see what they were like my first impressions of them had me scuttling back to Explorer.
I upgraded to Internet Explorer 5.5 a short while back, hoping for an improvement in reliability over the previous version. Unfortunately this is the worst I have used so far. It regularly crashes my Win98SE computer, either causing it to hang, with a Blue Screen Of Death or crashing Explorer itself, and meaning I lose all my system tray icons. It can also be intensely annoying when you are using multiple windows at one time, only for a GPF to bring the whole thing tumbling down around it. Who ever heard of proper memory management? So what's new for this version of IE? Well, not a lot to tell the truth, its mainly just a collection of incremental improvements, none of which are large enough to grab your attention. The new print preview option should have been added ages ago, its not exactly the most inspiring of additions. There are a number of bug fixes, and some Outlook Express fixes which should lessen your risk from viruses like the LoveBug epidemic. Overall, I have been less than impressed with IE5.5, and can only hope that the next version improves on the poor reliability. With a new version of Netscape on the way, maybe it's time for Microsoft to look again at updating their browser if they want IE to retain it's position as the browser of choice.
I have been working with computers for many years. My advise is not to risk upgrading to Internet Explorer V5.5. Stick with V5.01. Numerious people have attempted to upgrade, it often causes various problems, including illegal operations, connection problems Etc. You may say that you've had no problems, well yes, it does seem to work okay on about 70% of PCs. But on a full product, this is totally unacceptable. In worst case senarios IE 5.5 won't even desinstall properly after problems and you are forced to reinstall Windows from scratch. The added features are nothing to write home about, wait until Microsoft bring out a fixed version. UPDATE: Microsoft have just brought out a service pack release for this product V5.51. They have obviously tried to rectify some of the problems. I'm not risking it until everyone else does though.