Disable the Annoying Blue Accelerators Button on Internet Explorer 8
March 23, 2010 | Filed under Internet Explorer;
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.