How to Use Internet Explorer Options - Part 2

Part 2 of 2 on the Options found in Internet Explorer.
Published: Apr 10, 2006
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows

This question submitted by Kathy Melton, Arnold Ramslee, Gina Parker, Ronald Ashton, Walter Krammer, Patty Marco and numerous others

Last week we started to discuss the Internet Options available in Internet Explorer. We covered the General, Security, and Privacy tabs. This week we're going to finish this topic off by talking about the remaining tabs.

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In future articles we'll go over the available options in other browsers -- Firefox, Opera, Netscape, NetCaptor, Wichio, and more. Now back to the options in Internet Explorer starting with tab number four, Content.

Content Tab

The Content tab is one tab that many people never use. The "Content Advisor" can be used to block content that you may not want family members to see, such as adult content. By default the Content Advisor is off. Once you elect to "enable" it you can click on the Settings button to make changes. Certificates is another option that many people don't have the need to use. Without diverging and getting too complicated, "certificates" are used to verify and/or authenticate various things. If you have a need for certificates, this is where you would manage them. The "Clear SSL State" empties the SSL (secure socket layer) cache, the Certificates button shows you the certificates you have, and the Publishers of certificates. Don't think you have any? Well just click on the Publishers button, then on the Trusted Root Certification Authorities and you'll see that you actually have a few. I don't suggest you fiddle with any option on this page, but I wanted you to be aware of it.

Personal Information is the last item on the Content tab. Hear you can change the options for "auto-complete", erase stored passwords and clear forms. If you click on the "My Profile" button and then click "Create" you can store your personal information.

Connections Tab

The Connections tab displays any Internet connections that are configured on your computer. It will show both dial-up and VPN connections. You can tell what the settings are for a particular listing by highlighting it and clicking the Settings button. Here you can also add or remove connection. You can also indicate if a connection should never be dialed, dialed only when no network connection is available, or always dialed. On this tab you also get the LAN Settings. Under LAN Settings you can tell Internet Explorer to automatically recognize your network settings as well as configure a proxy server. We'll discuss proxy servers in another article, coming soon.

Programs Tab

This tab provides a very cool function because you can tell Internet Explorer exactly which programs to use for different things. You can indicate the following programs:

  • HTML editor
  • Email
  • Newsgroups
  • Internet call
  • Calendar
  • Contact list

If you click on an email link in Internet Explorer and it always opens Outlook Express even though you use The Bat! this is why. Go in and select the program you use for each category and you'll be all set. On this tab you can also reset the default search and home pages and manage any add-ons. If you click the Manage Add-Ons button you can see what add-ons are currently active as well as a list of any add-ons that have ever been used. From these listing you can either enable or disable add-ons and update ActiveX. Lastly there's a checkbox where you can tell Internet Explorer to check to see if it's the default browser. Personally, since I use about 5 different browsers, I have this option disabled in all browsers.

Advanced Tab

On the Advanced tab you can tell the program what to do with a variety of options. For exampou can tell the program what to do with searches, how to handle printing, things to do with AutoComplete, anmuch more. You can change a number of things that will effect your browsing. And, if find that you've totally messed things up, you can always click the "Restore Defaults" button and start over. In general, the defaults are pretty good for most users and most situations.

This concludes our look at the Internet Options in Internet Explorer. I hope you found these articles informative. As I mentioned, we'll be doing the same thing with other Web browsers sometime soon.

Use Internet Explorer Options - Part 1

I'd like to thank Kathy Melton, Arnold Ramslee, Gina Parker, Ronald Ashton, Walter Krammer, Patty Marco and numerous others for asking this question.

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About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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