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Internet Options General Tab

Almost every browser has Internet options. From the Tools menu of Internet Explorer you can open the Internet Options window.

From the General tab you can change your home page address. This is the address of the page that appears each time you open your browser.

You can also delete files and cookies. Cookies are text files that are used by web servers to keep track of what you are doing. They are mainly used on sites to keep track of your preferences or what you are buying, but some people believe they can be used to track your personal details.

To speed up your access of recently viewed web pages, files such as images from the sites are held locally on your computer, in a location known as the cache. The idea is that if you view the same site more than once, the browser will not have to wait for the images to download again, it will simply load them from the cache. The down side of this is that someone can tell what sites you have been looking at. You can delete these files from the General tab. To change the size or location of the temporary cache folder click Temporary Internet File Settings.

Most web browsers keep a history of the last sites you visited, so if you are typing in the address again it will appear before you finish typing. Again, if you don't want your history known, you can set the number of days you want to keep the history or delete it.

You can also change how you view pages by setting your own style, hyperlink colours, fonts, and languages at the bottom of the General tab.

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