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Speed up Internet Explorer

My Speed up my Windows XP Computer article seemed to go down very well, so today I am going to give you a few tips on how to speed up Internet Explorer.
(I personally use Firefox, and will be writing an article on how to speed that up too soon, but I used Internet explorer for so long, I know it much better than Firefox currently.)

Step 1

Go to Tools > Internet Options > Temporary Internet Files > Settings (Internet Explorer 6 route, but very similar for 7 and 8)

Now you need to decide how much disk space to allocate to temporary internet files - these are the files that website's store on your computer to load the page faster, next time you visit it. If you have little hard disk space available, I recommend it is set to 20MB. If you have a slow internet speed and more space available, I recommend 100MB, anything else, and you are in the middle.

Step 2

Go to Tools > Internet Options > History (Internet Explorer 6 route, but very similar for 7 and 8)

Tell Internet Explorer to only remember the history for 7 days, to save disk space and speed it up.
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Step 3

Go to Tools > Manage Add-ons... (Internet Explorer 6 route, but very similar for 7 and 8)
Turn off all unnecessary add-ons, for example if Adobe PDF Reader is running, disable it, as it will take up Internet Explorers resources and slow it down. If you want to view a PDF document, just turn it back on again and off when you have finished.

Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 19th August 2009

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