Configuring Internet Explorer
Various options can be configured for Internet Explorer. Click Internet Explorer from the Start menu and select Internet Options ... from the Tools menu to bring up the Internet Options dialog box shown below:
As you can see, the options that can be configured are General, Security, Privacy, Content, Connections, Programs and Advanced. We'll examine each of these individually in the next few pages.
The General tab is used to configure Home page, Temporary Internet files and History. Home Page is used to configure the default home page displayed when you launch Internet Explorer. You can type in a URL, specify that you want to use the currently loaded page, use the default home page or leave the option blank.
The Temporary Internet Files options are used to manage cookies, files, and settings. Cookies are special files that are created by websites you have visited and store information, such as any preferences specified. Delete Files ... lets you delete any temporary Internet files been stored on your computer. Settings is used to configure options such as how your computer checks for newer versions of stored files and the location and amount of space that can be used by temporary Internet files.
History saves links to pages you have visited. By default, links are kept for 20 days, but you can how many days the history is stored for or manually clear it. You can also set other options from the General tab that affect how Internet Explorer is customised, such as colors, fonts, languages and accessibility options.