Internet Explorer 9 Features - Features You May Have Never Noticed
The previous page offered you four Internet Explorer 9 features that you may have come across but did not know how to make better use of them. This page continues with similar lesser known or hidden features of Internet Explorer 9.
Adding more Thumbnails to Most Popular Websites - By default, Internet Explorer presents you with ten thumbnails under Your Most Popular Websites in the new tab page. You can increase the number of thumbnails to 25 by tweaking the Windows registry. To ease the process, I've created a ready to use code for adding more thumbnails to the new tab page. Just download the file, change the file extension to .reg and double click it. When you re-open the browser, you will find that IE9 is now capable of showing up to 25 websites on the new tab page.
How to Pin a Particular Page Instead of Entire Website: Among the best Internet Explorer 9 features is the ability to pin websites to Start menu and to the Windows Taskbar. Click on the Tools icon to expand it. In the menu that appears, click on File and select Add Site to Start Menu. To add a website to Taskbar, drag the website Favicon to Taskbar. However, when you use these methods, the home page of the website opens when you click on the icon. To set IE9 to open only a particular page, drag and drop the tab instead of website Favicon. You can also drag the tab to Start button that automatically opens so that you can drop the webpage to the Start menu. You will however, need some practice to use this method. For more details, please read our article - Learn to Pin Tabs in IE9.
Manage Add-ons to Speed up IE9 - You must have encountered the Manage Add-ons window when you installed any add-on to Internet Explorer 9. One of the Internet Explorer 9 features is that a notification bar appears when you or any application adds any add-on to IE9. It asks if you wish to enable the add-on. It also offers a link to Manage Add-ons window. But did you know that you can use the window to retain (if not increase) the speed of IE9? Against each add-on in the Manage Add-ons window, you can see the time it takes to load. If you feel that your IE9 startup speed is low, you can use the Manage Add-ons window to disable the add-ons that take more time to load. You can access the Manage Add-ons window from Tools icon.
Adding Search Providers to IE9 - When you search from the Address bar in Internet Explorer 9, the browser employs Bing search engine. You can always change the default search provider using the Manage Add-ons window. If the search provider you want is not listed in Internet Explorer -> Manage Add-ons, you can always add it manually. Check our article - Adding Search Providers to IE9 - to know how to add search providers to IE9 and how to make it the default search provider in IE9.
Change Search Engine from Address Bar - Internet Explorer 9 features several search providers when you install the browser. They include Bing, Google, and Yahoo. You can add more search providers such as Wikipedia, eBay Search etc using Manage Add-ons window (see the linked article in above tip for details). However, you need not open the Add-ons window each time you wish to use a different search engine while searching from Address bar. One of the interesting features of Internet Explorer 9 is that you can type the keywords in Address bar and just click on the logo of the search provider to use the search engine you want.
These were 9 Internet Explorer 9 features that may enhance your browsing experience. If you too have anything to share, please feel free to use our comments section.
Bonus IE9 Hidden Features
1. Now you can place the tab bar below the address bar in Internet Explorer 9. To acheive this, right click on any tab and select Show Tabs on a Separate Row. This will place the tabs below the address bar. To come back to the default view (tabs next to address bar), right click on the tab and disselect the option that says Show Tabs on a Separate Row.
2. You can now disable websites from collecting information about your location. To acheive this, open the Internet Options and go to the Privacy tab. Select the option that says Never Allow Websites to Request Your Location Information.