Every web browser has the capability of logging the list of websites that has been visited and it is called history. It is meant as a convenient so that the user doesn’t need to type the whole address and can easily access it by clicking on the address bar drop down button. Other than that, parents can also use it to monitor what website has their children visited although it is not a good method as it can be easily erased. When it comes to monitoring, exporting and selectively deleting history for Internet Explorer browser, one of a good third party tool to use is IE History Monitor.
As what we have tested, it doesn’t really monitor the histories but instead if displays all the visited website history at a clean interface with the title, url, last visited, last updated and expired columns. The links can be copied, opened or even selectively deleted from the program via right click. Finally, it can be exported as a log file to an external HTML for further inspection or recordings.
IE History Monitor last revised 5 years ago but it worked perfectly on Internet Explorer at Windows 7 32bit. It is free and portable which doesn’t require installation.
Internet Explorer is part of Windows and there are third party applications that uses IE engine as a built-in web browser. However it can be easily misconfigured or corrupted since there are many settings in the Internet Options. Even spyware loves to hide in Internet Explorer thanks to BHO feature. Badly coded and unstable add-ons which can also contribute to problems in Internet Explorer.
If you encounter weird problems on Internet Explorer, one way to make sure that you didn’t get the settings wrong is by checking it with another computer but since there are many options, doing this will surely tire you out. One of the easiest way you can try if you encounter any problems on Internet Explorer is by resetting it to default settings with one click.
Although Microsoft advices that you should only reset internet explorer settings if your browser is in an unusable state, but we have tested it and it works perfectly. It doesn’t corrupt or touch anything on your Windows operating system but merely just disable toolbars and add-ons, resetting default web browser settings, privacy settings, security settings, advanced options, tabbed browsing settings and popup settings. You can even opt to delete personal settings so that you get a clean Internet Explorer.
To reset Internet Explorer, click Tools on the menubar, and go to Internet Options. Then go to Advanced tab and click the Reset button at the bottom of the Window. Enable the checkbox if you want to delete personal settings and click Reset to start the process. For changes to take effect, you will need to close Internet Explorer and reopen again. When you open IE the first time after resetting, the Set Up Windows Internet Explorer 8 window will open.
If you are Firefox or Internet Explorer user, you might have missed out a feature called Caret Browsing. The default key for both IE and Firefox to activate Caret Browsing mode is F7. Basically when you activated the Caret Browsing, this feature places a movable cursor in web pages, allowing you to select text with the keyboard. For people who are not careful with what they click, normally they would simply click the Yes button without reading the information displayed first.
When Caret Browsing mode is turned on, the user can no longer use the arrow keys on their keyboard to scroll the browser up, down, left and right. Instead, the cursor is now on the text like as though you are editing the text on your browser. No, you cannot edit the text on a website with Caret Browsing as it only allows you to select the text by pressing and holding the SHIFT key and moving to the left or right with your arrow key.
If you find yourself always hitting the F7 key and accidentally enabled the Caret Browsing mode, you can easily disable the F7 Caret Browsing activation. For Firefox, type about:config at the address bar and hit enter. At the filter bar, search for the word caret, double click on accessibility.browsewithcaret_shortcut.enabled to change the value to false. That will disable the F7 key from activating Caret Browsing mode. As for disable Internet Explorer Caret Browsing F7 key, we found a group policy restriction but unfortunately disabling it from there does block the F7 from activation Care Browsing.
Gmail is one of the most popular email service offered free to anyone in the world with a whopping 7GB and counting of email space plus a very good spam filter. However Google Chrome development team has yet to come out with a built-in configuration to set the default email client. When you see a webpage that has a contact link with a mailto:, you can click on it and nothing will happen. As for Internet Explorer, if you do not have any email client software installed, you will get an error message that says Could not perform this operation because the default mail client is not properly installed.
Here is how you can open your Gmail account with either Google Chrome or Internet Explorer when clicking on a mailto hyperlink.
1. Type regedit in the Search Programs and Files bar and hit enter
2. Right click on HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, select New > Key and name it as mailto
3. Now right click on mailto, select New > Key and name it as shell
4. Continue right clicking on shell, select New > Key and name it as open
5. Finally right click again on open, select New > Key and name it as command
6. Click on command and at the left pane you should see the name (Default) with the type as REG_SZ. Double click on the (Default) and set the following value date:
To use Internet Explorer to open Gmail when clicking mailto link:
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" https://mail.google.com/mail?extsrc=mailto&url=%1
To use Google Chrome to open Gmail when clicking mailto link:
"C:\Users\YOUR USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --app=https://mail.google.com/mail?extsrc=mailto&url=%1
This method works only on Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, it only made sense that we posted the 2 registry value data to reflect on IE and Chrome. Users don’t normally use Chrome as their default web browser but wants to open Gmail in Opera when clicking the mailto hyperlink…
On Windows 2008, by default the Internet Explorer is totally unusable in the sense that everything is restricted. You cannot view web pages with flash, you cannot download files, and many other things you cannot do which makes you think that it is only possible to visit a clean HTML page that doesn’t require plugins. When you open Internet Explorer, the first thing you see is a link that points to res://iesetup.dll/HardUser.htm and the page says “Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration is enabled. Your server administrator has applied enhanced security settings to Internet Explorer. These security settings might prevent you from accessing certain Web sites and network resources, or performing other browser operations, such as downloading files. If you trust a Web site and need it to be functional, you can add the Web site to the Trusted Sites zone.”
Weirdly after adding the site to the Trusted Sites zone, the website is still inaccessible. The only solution that worked for us is to disable the IE Enhanced Security Configuration. The steps below shows how to do that:
1. Run Server Manager from the Quick Launch bar. If you can’t find it, type ServerManager.msc in the Run window and click OK.
2. At the Server Manager main window, there are 4 categories on the right pane, Server Summary, Roles Summary, Features Summary and Resources and Support. Expand Server Summary.
3. Expand Security Information and on the right you should see a box that says “Configure IE ESC”. Click on that.
4. Select Off for both Administrators and Users and click OK.
Another easier way to directly access the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration window is to type the full link below in the run box.
Have you ever received a warning message that either says “This page contains both secure and nonsecure items. Do you want to display the nonsecure items?” or “Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely? This webpage contains content that will not be delivered using a secure HTTPS connection, which could compromise the security of the entire webpage.” Both of this message is actually the same except from different versions of Internet Explorer.
You will only get this warning when you are visit a secured website that is protected with SSL and you will find a HTTPS at the beginning of the URL. What happens is there are images in the secured webpage that are linked to non secured HTTP protocol. This is a mistake done by the web developer and there is nothing you can do to fix it.
You can however click Yes to continue loading the secured webpage but this selection is not remembered and if you encounter such situation again, you will again be prompted about the mixed-content pages. If you want to permanently disable and suppress this error prompt, go to Tools > Internet Options > Security tab > make sure Internet zone is selected and click Custom level. Look for “Display mixed content” and select it to Enable.
Internet Explorer might not be the most popular web browser anymore because it has taken over by Mozilla Firefox. However a big number of users are still using Internet Explorer. Microsoft has developed a new feature called Accelerators in the latest Internet Explorer 8 where it allows shortcut for you to blog, email, search location, search with Bing, and translate for a word or sentence that you highlight on the browser. On previous version of IE that does not have Accelerators, the user needs to go through a few steps to do such function but not all it takes is a single click.
By default the installed Accelerators are Blog with Windows Live, E-mail with Windows Live, Map with Bing, Search with Bing and Translate with Bing. As you can see all the services used points to Microsoft’s services. If you prefer to use other services from Google, you can find them in IE8 add-ons gallery: Accelerators.
As useful as it is, some people might not need this IE8 accelerators feature and highlighting a word or sentence will show the blue color Accelerators icon might be annoying. The IE8 accelerators can be easily turned off by going to Tools > Internet Options > Advanced tab and uncheck Display Accelerator button on selection at Browsing.