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22 IE 5.x SECRETS!!!

Psst..things that Microsoft won't tell you, which we will.

By M.Madhukhar Reddy

1.) Do animated graphics, banner ads distract you from your surfing experience ? Once the page
loads, just press Esc and presto, everything faintly flashing comes to a grinding halt. This might
not work for Java applets and flash animations. For flash animations, just right click on the flash
animation and untick - loop, play.

2.) Finding your 14/15-inch monitor too cluttered with all the toolbars, banner ads, taskbars
overshadowing the precious real-estate space on the webpage? Simple. Press F11 (for full
screen) and go to Start-Settings-Taskbar and click on autohide. Presto your webpage, blows up
and surfing becomes more fun, and your 14'' inch turns into 20" inch monitor, well almost.

You'll find reading the webpage a much more pleasurable experience. Plus - Right click on the IE
5 toolbar and customize. Here in the dropdown menu remove the text label options and select
Small icons instead of the default large icons. Presto, do all this and your browser window just
blows up and surfing suddenly becomes a pleasure.

3.) Just want content, and not the gimmicks? Go to Tools-Internet options-Advanced and turn off
pictures; sounds, animations, videos and couple it with powerful ad blocking/filtering software like
Naviscope where you can even block out backgrounds, JavaScript, just about anything. Ah, clean
pure content finally.

4.) Use keyboard short cuts, they are faster, simpler and make you look like a surfing pro.

Our favorite Keyboard shortcuts -

F5 - Refresh // Alt-D - Address bar F4 - Shows typed address // Ctrl + W - Closing current
window. Esc - Stop loading a page. F1 - Help Alt + Back arrow - Previous webpage F11 - Full

5.) Go to Tools-Internet Options and increase Temporary Internet files - settings to as much as
you can.(Don't worry, if you have 4.5 GB hard disk)

6.) Whenever you install a Web browser, it begs you to let it become your default browser, and it
repeats this plea until you make a decision. What if, after using one browser for a while, you want
to switch? You can change your mind, but it's much easier to do so in Internet Explorer than in
any version of Navigator. In IE 3.x and 4.x, select View, Internet Options, click the Program tab,
check the box labeled "Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser,"
and then click OK.

7.) Install IE Webtools , wallpaper and lots of fun things. (
Microsoft Web Developer Accessories, toolbar wallpaper, explorer bars and lots more. Why
doesn't Microsoft ship these goodies along with the browser, or integrate them into the browser?

8.) Hate typing the http://www.. .com, for everywebsite. Enter URL's the smart way. For
instance if you wish to go then just type xyz in the address bar and press the
Control and enter keys together. Voila! the full URL is keyed in.
Also go to Tools-Options-Content on the toolbar- menu above and click on the Auto
complete/form complete button. See how much time you can save now, by not typing
those boring long URLs and forms.

9.) Microsoft makes Windows98 crawl with its browser integration. Though it gives you more
features but then you trade-off performance. Don't believe Microsoft when they say you can
disintegrate IE5 from windows. Even we couldn't. To the rescue comes this nifty 113 KB ripper.
Download it and break away from IE. IE-OFF.exe , is what we recommend.

11.) Taking printouts of webpages is a big pain with all the banner ads/links/frames/tablets etc
right? Not anymore with IE 5.5 (available in this CD) which has some great Print-preview

Just select the text (with images) on the webpage you want by highlighting it, and right click on
the selected text - print - and in the print-range option tick on "selected " and print-it. You get just
what you want. It saves paper and your precious printer cartridge.

A good way to keep track of your printed Web pages is to include date and time information in the
header and footer. To do this, choose File, Page Setup. When the Page Setup dialog box opens,
you can enter the information codes that you want to use in the Header and Footer boxes. Let's
say you want the date and time in the footer. Click the Footer entry box and type &t &d into the
field. We suggest using at least two spaces between &t and &d to separate the time and date on
the printout.

After you enter the codes, click OK to close the dialog box and save your changes. These
changes will remain in effect until you change them again. Add these to your Header and Footer
entries for better control over your printouts:

11.) Taking printouts of webpages is a big pain with all the banner ads/links/frames/tablets etc
right? Just select the text (with images) on the webpage you want by highlighting it, and right click
on the selected text - print - and in the print-range option tick on "selected " and print-it. You get
just what you want. It saves paper and your precious printer cartridge. Also login to and find some neat browser printing power-tools there!

12.) Typically in each surfing session of say an hour, you might find 4-5 good sites interesting.
And in a month you migh end with scores of links. So, before you start surfing and start piling up
hundreds of favorites create favorite folders based on your interests. Like say, Webmail, Fun,
Personal, Business, Movies, Shopping and maybe an Etc folder. Depending upon the webpage
you see, add it to your corresponding favorite folder. So you don't have to organize them later.

13.) Do you use several machines for surfing or have a notebook and having a problem trying to
use the same bookmarks and cookies? We have a solution at hand. Get a floppy, insert into your
drive and go to File-Import-Export follow the wizard and copy (Export) all your favorites, cookies
or only a selected few and the works into a floppy (they all fit in, don't worry),.And carry the floppy
around. No matter which machine you use to surf, just insert the floppy pick up (Import) the
cookies/favorites you need and get your work done.

Also check out or another neat new services for storing your
favorites online. No matter whether you surf from a cyber cafe, from your office PC, home PC or
your notebook all your IE treasures are intact.
14.)Dozens of bugs, some of them potent are reported every month from Internet Explorer. Click
on Tools- Windows update and install the necessary ActiveX updating controls, and update your
browser at regular intervals, and check out sites like

15.)Tools-Internetoptions-Content-Autocomplete. This takes care of filling up those boring forms,
alternatively you can also check out Gator (, or, abanother
software that does about the same job but with more features, and also check out the Profile
assistant and Microsoft wallet, which could help you while shopping. We recommend you log into (a Microsoft venture) and help yourself.

16.) Surfing through an interesting page, want to share it with friends. You don't need to save it or
copy the page, open Outlook express and send it. Time consuming. Instead use File- Send page
by email/send link and I.E 5 will take care of sending it. Just make sure your email client is
properly configured. Or want to save the webpage but the PC isn't yours or you don't have floppy,
just email the page to your webmail account and pick up the webpage or URL from there or send
it to those free online hard disk providers like, etc.

17.) Install Netscape 4.75, its pretty good and a nice alternative. Or try the lightweight Opera 4.
You love IE 5.x but want more features from it then install either Broadpage or Neoplanet or
Netcaptor which all run on the I.E 5 engine. There are over 2 dozen odd-browsers available on
the web. Come on, life becomes interesting with choices.

18.) Wacky eggs, easter eggs. Whodunit? Want to see who created I.E 5.0? Psst..this doesn't
work in I.E 5.01 or IE 5.5 but does in 5.0/4.0. Follow the instructions below carefully. Most
easter-eggs are version dependent.

#We've listed several easter eggs below, have fun trying them all.

1. 1. Open IE5 Final (5.00.1402.16 or greater). Go to About-help if you are doubtful
about your IE version.

2. In the address bar, copy-paste the below line, without the opening and closing quotes.

"about:<!-- introducing the Trident team -->"

-Try counting the number of developers.


1. Open up Notepad.

2. Type " " (no quotes)

3. Save the file as "test.htm" (no quotes)

4. Open up "test.htm" in IE 5 And see the credits roll-by, and try counting the number of
heads, which went into IE 5.
PS - The same thing works in Outlook 4.


Click on Search on the toolbar to bring up the search bar. Right click, and click View
Source. You'll notice in the META tags(on the top of HTML code), the names of the
people who worked on this feature.

For Outlook -- 1. Click the Compose Message button, and make sure that Rich Text (HTML) is
ticked. 2. Now click in the main body to make the formatting bar come to life 3. Click in the Font
selection box and type in "athena" and press enter 4. Go back into the main Outlook Express
program and click on "Outlook Express" at the top of the folders list 5. Click an empty space on
the page that appears and type about to see the names of the OE team fly on to your screen!

19.) Type "about:mozilla" (without the quotes) in your address box. What you see is
supposed to be the blue screen of death for Netscape, which incidentally is based on the
Mozilla engine. For more check out --

Type the same "about:mozilla" in Netscape 4+ versions and see what you get.

1. Open up IE5

2. From the menu, select Tools > Internet Options > General (tab) > Languages (button)

3. Press 'Add'

4. Type: "ie-ee" (without the quotes) and click 'OK'

5. Move "User Defined [ie-ee]" to the TOP of the list 6. Exit back to where you can browse in IE5

7. Click on the Search icon (to pull up the side search menu) 8. Laugh at the new options 9.
Select 'Previous Searches'

20.) Don't want others to know where you are surfing? Remove favorites from the startup menu -
use a tweaking tool like Xteq (click here to install) . Use a browser washer, which washes all the
cookies, history and traces of your nefarious surfing activities. Every time you visit a Web site,
Internet Explorer stores history and cache information in files that have the .dat extension. The
more data these files have to store, the bigger they get.

Though Microsoft won't admit to it, clearing the Cache or History folders in IE 3.x and 4.x doesn't
always return these files to their original default size of 8KB, 16KB, or 32KB. You can see for
yourself by opening a DOS prompt (select Start, Programs, MS-DOS Prompt), navigating to the
directory where your Cache or History resides (c:\windows\tempor~ or c:\windows\history), and
then looking for the .dat files. If you open them, you'll see all of your "deleted" URLs. The
problem? Aside from the fact that these .dat index files let snoops track where you've been
surfing, IE begins to slow down when the files reach approximately 200KB.

And once they reach 500KB, the program starts crashing. One solution is to delete both files, but
you have to do it in DOS, not Windows. Select Start, Shut Down, Restart in MS-DOS mode. At
the C:\> prompt, type deltree c:\windows\history, and then press Enter. (In IE 4.x, this path could
be c:\windows\profiles\yourname\history.) Then type deltree c:\windows\tempor~1 and press
Enter. (This process can take 15 minutes if the .dat files are large.) The next time you fire up your
browser, both files will be rebuilt as empty .dat files. Feeling insecure online, IE 5 alone might not
do a good job. Wipe out all your private data, manage file size and kill all "that" data in Cache,
History, and .dat files by using the $15 shareware program TweakIE (available at

Its IESweep feature clears your Cache and History folders and resets the .dat files to their empty
size. This utility also alerts you when .dat files have grown big enough to affect your browser's

21.) Internet explorer serves both as an explorer for the Internet and windows. You can do just
about anything from the address bar of I.E 5. For starters -- Send an e-mail message: Type
mailto: followed by the address--for example, Even Netscape Navigtor
does this. View your desktop: Type desktop. Open My Computer: Type my computer, or the
name you gave to My Computer.

Start a DOS prompt: Type c:\ Open a folder: Type its path name--for example,
c:\text. You'll get a directory listing of the folder. You can open some files from here, too; and by
clicking the down arrow, you can find and launch commands you've recently typed. This also
works in Navigator. You can speed your way to Web and FTP sites by clicking the Windows Start
button and then selecting the Run command. Type in a URL in windows explorer and it will turn
into a browser and show you the webpage.

In the dialog box that appears, type the URL or FTP address. (You can even type the
subdirectory and name of the file you want to download, such as Click OK. Windows will dial your ISP, load your
browser--either Netscape's or Microsoft's, whichever is the system default--and login to the site.

23.) Thought we already told you 22 above. Aren't they enough? Happy browsing with IE 5.x