What is IE?
Internet Explorer is the platform that brings a new way of browsing to the Internet. Its latest version being IE6. Internet Explorer 6 is a set of core technologies in Windows? XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional, and is available to users of Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me), Windows NT? Workstation 4.0, and Windows 2000 Professional operating systems.
Internet Explorer 6 includes many new and enhanced features that can simplify the daily tasks that you perform, while helping you to maintain the privacy of your personal information on the Web. IE 6 provides a platform that delivers the Internet in a fresh new way with innovative browser capabilities, including media playback and automatic picture resizing for end-users; a single platform for overall simplicity for creating and deploying robust LOB applications for corporate users; and a proven technology to develop rich web-based applications quickly and easily for developers.
Take The Tour
If you forgot to take the IE 5.0 tour, and if you already changed your home page, here is the URL:
Tip of the Day
Want to see a new IE 5.0 tip every time you run your browser? Just click on the "Help" menu and choose "Tip of the Day." A new bottom pane will appear with a new tip every time you start IE 5.0.
Check Your Security Settings
IE 5.0 has some new security settings over previous versions that may not be enabled by default. After installing your browser, be sure to click the "Tools" menu, choosing "Internet Options." Then, click on the "Security" tab and change your settings for the Internet, your intranet, trusted, and restricted sites.
Customize Your Searches
When you click on the "Search" button, a new pane will open up, allowing you to search for web pages, addresses, businesses, maps, and more. Although these searches are fine, power users will want to click the "Customize" button. Doing so will let you search using many different engines.
One Search Engine is Enough
When you click on the "Search" button, you will be presented with many different types of searches. If you find this confusing and only want to use one engine for all of your searches (or if you only search for certain things), click the "Customize" button. Now, near the top of the window that appears, click the "Use one search service for all searches" radio button and press "OK."
Search One Engine, Then Another
After performing an Internet search using the "Search" button, you will see a results list for your query. Click the "Next" button to try the search on another engine.
If you don't like the search engine use order, click the "Customize" button. On the window that appears, click on the type of search that you wish to perform. Uncheck or check your desired search engines that you want to use. Then, click on a search engine and click the up and down arrow buttons to raise/lower that search engine's priority (the top engine will be the default). When you are done configuring your search engine usage, press the "OK" button to close the dialog box.
Modified Favorite Organization
The "Organize Favorites" option in IE 5.0 is laid out differently than in previous versions. To organize your favorites (create new folders, move files between folders, delete or rename favorites, etc.), click the "Favorites" menu, selecting "Organize Favorites."
Bookmark and Favorite Maintenance
If you run more than one web browser on your system, or if you plan on switching browsers (or have just switched browsers), you may need to import or export your cookies or "Favorites". To do so, just click the "File" menu, selecting "Import and Export." On the dialog box that appears, click "Next". Then, choose your "Action" (import or export cookies or Favorites) and press "Next." Continue to choose your desired importing/exporting options.
I Don't Need the 'Go' Button
Tired of seeing the "Go" button on your IE 5.0 address bar? You know that just typing in an URL and pressing ENTER goes to that site, right? Well, remove the "Go" button! Click on the "Tools" menu, selecting "Internet Options." On the multi-tabbed dialog box that appears, click the "Advanced" tab. Now, scroll down until you see "Show Go button in Address bar." Uncheck its box and press "OK" to close the dialog box.
Force a Page Refresh
You probably know that by clicking the "Refresh" button on your button bar or by pressing the F5 key, IE 5.0 refreshes the current page. Sometimes, however, due to webpage time stamps, this doesn't always work. To force a refresh if the previous technique doesn't work, hold down your CONTROL key and press F5.