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Speed up Internet Explorer in Windows and start faster


Internet Explorer 10 is the best browser that Microsoft has ever made, but it still isn't perfect and in some circumstances it can be quite slow. A large number of people still use it though. One reason is that it is bundled with the operating system, another is that it is convenient and it works, mostly. What's more, speed isn't everything and with a poor internet connection every browser will run slowly.

There are some things you can do to improve the performance Internet Explorer though and here is one simple method that focuses on improving the speed at which the web browser starts up. So if Internet Explorer starts too slowly, try this tip.

Start Internet Explorer as usual and then select the gear icon (used to be Tools), Manage Add-ons. In the window that appears, Toolbars and Extensions should automatically be selected on the left by default, but just check. Also on the left, just under Show, is a drop-down list and Currently loaded add-ons should be selected.

Internet Explorer add-ons

On the right taking up most of the window is a list of the currently loaded add-ons, such as toolbars, search helpers and so on. The last column on the right is the load time. You can add up all the load times of the add-ons and just see how much time they are adding to Internet Explorer's startup.

Look down the list and see which ones are taking the longest to start and then select them and click the Disable button that appears at the bottom of the window. Better still, uninstall them (using Add or Remove Programs (XP) or Programs and Features (Vista/7/8).

By disabling the slow starting add-ons, Internet Explorer will start up much more quickly and you'll be browsing the web sooner. Slow add-ons affect the performance in other ways too, so removing them brings other performance benefits.

Say no to toolbars

Toolbars used to be very popular a few years ago, but we see less of them today. There are still a few about though and they can be very irritating in Internet Explorer. They take up space leaving less room for the web page, and they add to the browser's startup time.

If you want to speed up Internet Explorer, do not install toolbars. If you have any that are installed, go to Programs and Features (or Add or Remove Programs), and uninstall them. Firefox and Chrome do not have toolbars, and they have shown that the web can be used just as well, if not better, without them.

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