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Windows on the Web
Here's How
The View from IE4

-- by Serdar Yegulalp

Internet Explorer 4.0 offers a host of great new features. This pictorial guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the best of them.

Create a Web View

In Windows Explorer, right-click in any empty area of the right pane if you're using the double-pane view. If you're using Windows Explorer's single-pane view, right-click in any empty space within a folder. Select Customize This Folder from the Context menu. This brings up the Folder Customization Wizard, which lets you change the folder's appearance. From here, you have three choices: Create or edit the HTML document that governs the appearance of the folder, choose a background picture for the icons in the folder or restore the folder to its precustomized state.

Enhance the Integrated Browser

In a single-pane Windows Explorer view, select View/Options. Each tab of the Options window now has controls that govern the look and feel of the integrated browser. In the Folder tab, you can set the default of a folder or the Desktop to the new browser look and feel or to the standard Windows appearance. The View tab lets you decide whether folders display custom HTML and whether to activate items with a single- or double-click. The Advanced tab now has some of the same options as the Desktop Properties screen, such as how windows look when you drag them.

Using Security Features

In a browser window, click on the View menu and then Options. Under the Security tab is a new safety feature: Security Zones. A zone is a configurable list of Web sites that has specific security restrictions attached to it to protect your computer or data. Select the Internet Zone and the High option, and you get IE4's maximum available protection against hostile Web content, short of unplugging your computer. By selecting Custom and then Settings you can change the options in the Security Settings window to suit your needs.

How Browser Bars Work

Browser Bars give you quick access to the History, Favorites, Search and Channels bars. To show these bars, select View/Browser Bars in Windows Explorer or View/Toolbar/ Standard buttons in IE4. Click on any button to open a left-hand panel. The panel contains a hierarchical, collapsible list. The History list details all the sites you've visited since the last time the list was cleared.

Speed Browsing

If you're stuck with a slow link, you can shut off downloads of graphics or plug-ins to speed things up. In a browser window, select View/Options/Advanced. Find the section marked Multimedia and disable pictures, sounds and animation. If your video card displays only 16 or 256 colors, turn off the Smart Image Dithering option to speed up the display of pictures, especially JPEGs.


-- Right-click on an HTM document in a folder view, and you'll see a new option called Edit. This launches the selected document in FrontPad, Microsoft's Web-page editor. FrontPad is a lite version of FrontPage Editor.

-- If you browse to a non-English page and see garbled text, right-click on the page and select Language. You'll be able to choose the encoding for the page.

-- Right-click on the menu bars to select which ones to shut off or turn on.

Organize Your Favorites

You can drag and drop objects to Browser Bar folders. Here, we've dragged a link (the $1,000 PC) from the main window into the Favorites folder. The thick black line indicates where the link will appear (beneath Somarsoft) when you release the mouse button. You can drag and drop links wherever hotlinks are supported.

Customize Your Toolbars

To customize your Links toolbar, grab a link from anywhere-the Favorites folder, the History folder, the main browser screen, or even the Desktop or another application-and drop it onto the Links toolbar. If the Links toolbar isn't there, right-click on the menu toolbar and select Links. To delete the Link, right-click on it and select delete or just drag it anywhere the cursor turns into a "don't" symbol.

Windows Magazine, September 1997, page 244.

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