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|Managing your bookmarks||Change the home page|
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|Where your downloads are saved||Changing the font size, colour or style of a webpage|
Every so often, it's a good idea to do a bit of housekeeping and to tidy up your bookmarks, removing those which you simply don't use anymore.
Open Internet Explorer and on the toolbar click Favorites > Organize Favorites... (as shown below):
A new window will appear; select a bookmark from the list and press Delete to remove it from the bookmark toolbar or Rename to give your bookmarked item a new identity.
You can also organise your bookmarks into folders. Click on New Folder and when the new folder appears delete the highlighted title ("New Folder") and replace it with a relevant folder name e.g. New Items.
Once you've created a new folder, drag and drop the relevant bookmarked items into it. Alternatively click on the bookmarked item (e.g. The Guardian homepage) and then press the Move button. A new window (see below) will appear:
Select the folder name you would like to transfer the bookmarked item to e.g. News Items. To finish, click OK and your bookmark will be transferred. To remove all items, highlight the selection you wish to remove and press Delete.
Backing up your bookmarks in IE 9
Open Internet Explorer and on the toolbar select File > Import and Export... (as shown below):
A new window will appear; select Export to a file and click Next. Place a tick in the Favorites box and any other options you want to backup e.g. Feeds and Cookies; when selected click Next. Choose the folders you want to save or click on the main Favorites folder to save all of them - when done click Next.
The following screen will ask you where you want to save the backup file; click Browse... and place it somewhere you'll remember. Rename the file if needed and then click Save. When you're done, click Export > Finish.Back to top
When you first open your web browser, it's nice to be greeted by your favourite website or search engine. To change it:
Open Internet Explorer and click on Tools, which is located on the top toolbar. From the drop-down, click Internet Options. In the General tab under the Home page section, there's a text box - type in your preferred website and click Apply.
Your browser history is a record your computer keeps, of what sites you've visited, which is useful if you regularly return to the same web pages and wish to make a note of them. The longer and more detailed your browser history gets, the more your browser and internet connection slows down.
Cookies are tiny files that are stored on your computer. These files are used to personalise your visit for next time e.g. the page will load quicker or your login details will be remembered. Once you start visiting lots of websites, these cookies start taking up space - so it's a good idea to do a cleanup once in awhile.
Follow the steps below to delete your browsing history and cookies:
Open up internet Explorer and go to the Tools menu. From the drop-down menu, click on Delete Browsing History...
Alternatively, from the desktop, right-click on the Internet Explorer icon (as shown below) and click Properties; A pop-up will appear called Internet Properties and under the Browsing history section click on Delete...
From this new window (see below), place a tick next to each option you want to clear e.g. Cookies and Temporary Internet Files. Uncheck the box next to Preserve Favorites website data if you want the browser to remember the details of your favourite websites. When you've chosen, click Delete.
Note: It can take from a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on how much data needs to be cleared.
Some cookies may store data about you or your system and can share it with other websites. The problem with this is you don't always have control over what information is shared, how it's used or who it goes to. This information is generally used for marketing purposed to help improve the site but you may not like the thought of your personal information being shared in this way.
To change your cookies privacy settings:
From the desktop, right-click on the Internet Explorer icon and click Properties; a new window will appear - go to the Privacy tab and move the slider to adjust your internet privacy. The highest setting blocks all cookies.
You can also block or allow individual cookies:
From the Privacy tab, select Sites. Type the websites address in the text box and click either Block or Allow. Repeat this step for each website you want to have control over and when done, click OK.
When you start downloading a file, a pop-up box will usually emerge giving you the option of which folder you want to save it in. Once the download is complete, you can either open the file or open the folder where it's located. Note: To make sure you don't lose track of where it's stored, uncheck close this dialog when download completes.
If you still can't find your download:
Click on Start > Search > For Files or Folders... A pop-up will appear; on the left side, click on All files and folders.
Type in the name of the file and make sure the 'look in' section has the name of the main drive you use (usually C:) - click Search. The C: drive will now be scanned and once complete any results will be shown on the right side of the pop-up window.
When browsing the internet, sometimes the font on certain pages can be a bit hard to read. To change the style to your liking:
Open Internet Explorer and click on Tools > Internet Options. In the General tab, under 'Appearance' click Fonts. Select the font you would like to use and then click OK.
Note: Even once you've changed the font, some websites have there own pre-defined font sizes and styles which can only be changed by using the following method:
In the General tab, under 'Appearance' click Accessibility. Place a tick next to what you want to change, e.g. colour, font style and font sizes. When finished, click OK.