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Internet Explorer 7

Keyboard Shortcuts
Web Page print Option 100% CPU Usage
Text Zoom Going Back or Forward
Choose your own programs Create a Favicon Image
Force the File Menu to the top Set as Background option is disabled
Repairing Windows XP causes Internet Explorer 7 to fail Make IE7 remember to open a link in a maximized window
Put the IE7 Icon on the Vista Desktop Controlling Cookies

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Internet Explorer 7

By Dave
5 Star Support Security Specialist

When the final version of Internet Explorer 7 is released, users should be pleasantly surprised with a much more secure browser. Microsoft has addressed many of the security issues that have plagued earlier versions of IE for years. I know many readers and writers think that using the words Microsoft and security in the same sentence is laughable. I am a writer who disagrees. Microsoft has taken security very seriously for some time now and they have been working hard to improve security on all of their software releases. Considering the sheer volume of those releases, and the fact that they Microsoft, makes them the single biggest cracker target on the planet.

Only time will tell us how secure Internet Explorer 7 truly is, but things look very promising from my perspective. One of the first things I discovered from researching the new browser is that SSL 2.0 is gone. It is nowhere to be found under Internet Options. In prior versions of IE, when a user visited a site requiring HTTPS encryption, IE used SSL 2.0 to encrypt the session by default. The user could manually switch to TLS which is more secure, but I can tell you that outside of my own machines, I have yet to encounter one where TLS was even turned on in Internet Explorer, let alone used. Internet explorer 7 no longer supports SSL 2.0 but uses TLS instead. From my viewpoint, this is a welcome change.

Another welcome change is the way IE 7 responds to a Web page encrypted in HTTPS, but also contains HTTP content. If it were IE 6, a message would be displayed asking the user if they would like to display both secure and insecure items. Most users do not understand the potential risks and consequences associated with displaying insecure data within a secure Web page, so most users will always choose to display both, thinking that they don't want to miss any information. To eliminate this risk, IE 7 does away with this choice and will only display the secure content within the pages being accessed by HTTPS.

The next thing I discovered about IE 7 is changes in the security zones. Microsoft created four security zones for IE many years ago. In the past, they have always been Internet, local Intranet, Trusted Sites and Restricted Sites. The plan here was that any site visited by IE would fall into one of these four categories, and IE would limit its permissions in accordance with the settings for each of the zones. This still happens in IE 7, but if you are using a computer that is not connected to a domain, the local Intranet zone is not displayed. It is disabled by default unless the computer is networked. The vast majority of home computers are not networked, so I'm sure most users will not even notice the Intranet zone is not shown.

A totally new feature I discovered in IE 7 is the Phishing filter. If you choose to activate this filter, it will analyze the URL of each site you visit to make sure it is a legitimate site. Many site URL's will display a question mark followed by more information. In ASP the question mark is used as a mechanism for passing variables from one Web page to another. The Phishing filter eliminates the question mark, and anything following it, and then compares the remaining URL to a list of known legitimate sites. Once the filter has made its determination regarding the authenticity of the site, the user will see a message warning that this might be a phishing site. If the site looks to be genuine, nothing is displayed.

To wrap things up, I am personally glad to see the new features in IE 7, and honestly believe it will be a safer and more secure browser than any version of IE before it. Lets all give it a chance and prepare ourselves for what just might be a very pleasant experience. Microsoft has put a lot of effort into this new browser, and I give them full credit for all their work and concern for our safety and security while on the Internet.

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Keyboard Shortcuts

F1 Display Help
F11 Toggle between full-screen and regular views of the browser window
TAB Move forward through the items on a webpage, the Address bar, or the Links bar
SHIFT+TAB Move back through the items on a webpage, the Address bar, or the Links bar
ALT+HOME Go to your home page
ALT+RIGHT ARROW Go to the next page
ALT+LEFT ARROW or BACKSPACE Go to the previous page
SHIFT+F10 Display a shortcut menu for a link
CTRL+TAB or F6 Move forward through frames and browser elements (only works if tabbed browsing is disabled)
CTRL+SHIFT+TAB Move backward between frames (only works if tabbed browsing is disabled)
UP ARROW Scroll toward the beginning of a document
DOWN ARROW Scroll toward the end of a document
PAGE UP Scroll toward the beginning of a document in larger increments
PAGE DOWN Scroll toward the end of a document in larger increments
HOME Move to the beginning of a document
END Move to the end of a document
CTRL+F Find on this page
F5 Refresh the current webpage
CTRL+F5 Refresh the current webpage, even if the time stamp for the web version and your locally stored version are the same
ESC Stop downloading a page
CTRL+O Open a new website or page
CTRL+N Open a new window
CTRL+W Close the current window (if you only have one tab open)
CTRL+S Save the current page
CTRL+P Print the current page or active frame
ENTER Activate a selected link
CTRL+I Open Favorites
CTRL+H Open History
CTRL+J Open Feeds
CTRL+click Open links in a new tab in the background
CTRL+SHIFT+click Open links in a new tab in the foreground
CTRL+T Open a new tab in the foreground
CTRL+TAB or CTRL+SHIFT+TAB Switch between tabs
CTRL+W Close current tab (or the current window if tabbed browsing is disabled)
ALT+ENTER Open a new tab in the foreground from the Address bar
CTRL+n (where n is a number between 1 and 8) Switch to a specific tab number
CTRL+9 Switch to the last tab
CTRL+ALT+F4 Close other tabs
CTRL+Q Toggles Quick Tabs (thumbnail view) on or off
CTRL+PLUS SIGN Increase zoom (+ 10%)
CTRL+MINUS SIGN Decrease zoom (- 10%)
CTRL+0 Zoom to 90%
CTRL+E Go to the Toolbar Search box
ALT+ENTER Open your search query in a new tab
CTRL+DOWN ARROW Open the search provider menu
ALT+P Set printing options and print the page
ALT+U Change paper, headers and footers, orientation, and margins for this page
ALT+HOME Display the first page to be printed
ALT+LEFT ARROW Display the previous page to be printed
ALT+A Type the number of the page you want displayed
ALT+RIGHT ARROW Display the next page to be printed
ALT+END Display the last page to be printed
ALT+MINUS SIGN Zoom out
ALT+PLUS SIGN Zoom in
ALT+Z Display a list of zoom percentages
ALT+F Specify how you want frames to print (this option is available only if you are printing a webpage that uses frames)
ALT+C Close Print Preview
ALT+D Select the text in the Address bar
F4 Display a list of addresses you've typed
CTRL+LEFT ARROW When in the Address bar, move the cursor left to the next logical break in the address (period or slash)
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW When in the Address bar, move the cursor right to the next logical break in the address (period or slash)
CTRL+ENTER Add "www." to the beginning and ".com" to the end of the text typed in the Address bar
UP ARROW Move forward through the list of AutoComplete matches
DOWN ARROW Move back through the list of AutoComplete matches
CTRL+D Add the current page to your favorites
CTRL+B Open the Organize Favorites dialog box
ALT+UP ARROW Move selected item up in the Favorites list in the Organize Favorites dialog box
ALT+DOWN ARROW Move selected item down in the Favorites list in the Organize Favorites dialog box
CTRL+I Open Favorites Center and display your favorites
CTRL+H Open Favorites Center and display your history
CTRL+J Open Favorites Center and display your web feeds
CTRL+X Remove the selected items and copy them to the Clipboard
CTRL+C Copy the selected items to the Clipboard
CTRL+V Insert the contents of the Clipboard at the selected location
CTRL Select all items on the current webpage
ALT+N Move focus to the Information bar
SPACEBAR Click the Information bar

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Web Page Print Options

Internet Explorer 7 makes it possible to make various changes to how a web page will print. Here's how:

  1. Go to File>> Page Setup
  2. In the 'Margins' boxes, type the necessary margin measurements in inches.
  3. To setup the page to print either vertically or horizontally, choose the Portrait or Landscape options.
  4. If you would like to print only specific information, you can type in Variables into the Header or Footer boxes (see table below).

Note: Variables can be combined with text (as an example; Page &p of &P).

To Print: Type
Window title &w
Page address (URL) &u
Date in short format (as specified by Regional and Language Options in Control Panel) &d
Date in long format (as specified by Regional and Language Options in Control Panel) &D
Time (as specified by Regional and Language Options in Control Panel) &t
Time in 24-hour format &T
Current page number &p
Total number of pages &P
Right-aligned text (following &b) &b
Centered text (between &b&b) &b&b
A single ampersand (&) &&

Additional Notes:

  • If you would like to use millimeters for your margins, that setting can be changed at the Regional and Language Options:

Start>> Control Panel>> Regional and Language Options

  • To view or change how your web page will print, go to File>> Print Preview.

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100% CPU Usage

When you've installed Internet Explorer 7 and notice that you have 100% CPU usage listed in CTRL + ALT + DEL, it is most likely  due to an older version of the IE Developer toolbar being installed on your computer. Try uninstalling IE Developer from Control Panel>> Add/Remove Programs, then, go here for an updated version that no longer hangs.

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Text Zoom

In Internet Explorer 7, there are a few different ways that you make the text you're viewing increase or decrease in size. Here are your choices:

<>Scroll Mouse Control:

Increase or decrease the text size by holding the CTRL button down on your keyboard while using the scroll wheel on your mouse.

  • Scroll forward to increase
  • Scroll backward to decrease

<>Keyboard Control:

Hold down the CTRL button on your keyboard and press the minus (-) or add (+) buttons.

  • Minus button will reduce text size
  • Add button will increase text size

<>UI (User Interface) Control:

By pressing the ALT button on your keyboard, you can toggle the text zoom feature on and off. The text zoom feature will appear at the lower right of your screen. Click the down arrow to select the desired text size.

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Going Back or Forward

In Internet Explorer 7, you can always use the traditional method of going backward or forward between web pages by using the left and right pointing buttons on the toolbar located at the top left of your screen.

There is also an additional method supplied that you may find a little quicker. Simply hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard and use your scroll mouse to page forward or backward.

  • Scroll the mouse forward to move to ahead.
  • Scroll the mouse backwards to move back.

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Choose your own programs

If you would like to choose your own programs that you would like to run with Internet Explorer 7, such as; e-mail, newsgroups, calendar or Internet calls, here's how:

1. Open Internet Explorer 7
2. Click the Tools menu>> Internet Options>> Programs tab
3. Under Internet programs, choose the program you would like to use for each category listed.
4. Once you have finished making your selections, click Apply, then OK.

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Create a Favicon Image

I had some trouble making IE7 show a Favicon image so I decided to help those of you that are doing the same thing. Please keep in mind that only IE5+ supports the favicon image. Here are the steps:

1) Create a .gif image that you would like to use as a Favicon.

2) Use a suitable conversion program that will make this image a Favicon image with a .ico file extension. Here is the one that I used:

http://www.chami.com/html-kit/services/favicon/

3) Once you have created the image and converted it, you are now ready to upload the image to the root directory of your web site.

4) This should now be enough to make the Favicon show up in Firefox, but it may not show up in IE5+. So, let's continue.

5) Place the favicon.ico image in to your "image" directory. (eg: www.yoursite.com/images/favicon.ico)

6) Place the Favicon image on your Index.htm(l) page ensuring that the complete path is www.yoursite.com/images/favicon.ico

7) Now, once you have uploaded all of the above files, it is time to clear out your cache. here's how:

A. Open IE 5+
B. Go to Tools>> Internet Options
C. Delete your Temporary Internet Files (include offline content)
D. Delete your History as well.

8) It may be necessary to place a "link" (<link rel="shortcut icon" href="http://www.yoursite.com/favicon.ico"/>) tag within your <HEAD> </HEAD> tags.

9) Close IE5+, then reopen IE5. Now, type in the URL of the web site that you have your Favicon uploaded. It may be necessary to press F5 on your keyboard to reload the page in order to force IE to show the Favicon.

If you have followed the above instructions to the letter, you will now have a Favicon showing on your browser. If you are still having trouble, please use the support form to get help.

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Force the File Menu to the top

If you would like the file menu to reside where it did in IE6, here's how:

Warning: Be sure that you make a backup copy before making any changes to the Windows Registry.

  1. Go to Start>> Run. Type in: regedit [Enter] or click OK.
  2. Navigate to the following key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser
  3. Left click once on the "WebBrowser" entry to view its contents in the right pane.
  4. Right click an empty area of the right pane.
  5. Select >> New>> DWORD
  6. Name the DWORD: ITBar7Position [Enter]
  7. Double click your newly created DWORD and enter a value data of: 00000001
  8. Click OK and exit the registry editor

Close Internet Explorer (if open) and re-open Internet Explorer. Your change should now be visible.

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 Set as Background option is disabled

If you're trying to set a background to your desktop in Internet Explorer but the right click option "Set as Background" is greyed out, follow the instructions below to enable this command.

Warning: Prior to making any changes to the Windows Registry make sure that you have made a backup copy.

  1. Go to Start>> Run. Type in: regedit  [Enter] or click OK.
  2. Navigate to the following:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop

  1. Single left click on the entry titled: ActiveDesktop
  2. In the right pane, locate the entry titled: NoChangingWallPaper
  3. Double click the NoChangingWallPaper entry and then change the DWORD value to 0 (zero)

Note: The DWORD values are:

  • 1 = Disable
  • 0 = Enable

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Repairing Windows XP causes Internet Explorer 7 to fail

If you perform a repair installation of Windows XP, you must first insure that you uninstall Internet Explorer 7 first. Otherwise, once the repair installation is complete, Internet Explorer 7 will no longer function. The reason this happens is because the repair installation will not restore earlier versions of the files in the Program files\Internet Explorer folder. This will make IE7 incompatible with the IE6 files that are installed in the Windows\System32 folder.

To uninstall Internet Explorer 7, follow the instructions below:

<>Uninstall IE7 on a Windows XP SP2 system:
  1. Go to Start>> Run. Type in: appwiz.cpl [Enter] or click OK.
  2. The Add or Remove programs windows will now appear. Scroll the currently installed programs list to find Internet Explorer 7.
  3. Click the Internet Explorer 7 entry and select the Remove button.

If Internet Explorer does not show in the currently installed programs list, follow the instructions below:

<>Restart Windows XP in the Recovery Console, here's how:

  1. Insert either the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.

Note: If prompted, select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive.

  1. Press "R" when the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears. This will start the Recovery Console.
  2. In the event you have a dual boot or a multi-boot system, you will need to select the appropriate installation.
  3. Type in the Administrator password when prompted. If there is no Administrator password, simply press ENTER.
  4. At the command prompt, type:

CD ie7\spuninst
batch Spuninst.txt

Note: Press ENTER after each command.

  1. To exit the Recovery Console, type: exit [Enter]

At this time, it is OK to perform the Windows XP repair installation. Once the repair installation is complete. Open Internet Explorer 6 and be sure that it is functioning correctly. If IE6 performs correctly, you can now safely reinstall IE7.

<>Reinstall Internet Explorer 7:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/default.mspx

Note: If after performing a repair installation of Windows XP the IE6 browser does not function, you will need to use a functioning web browser to install the IE7 installation package.

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Make IE7 remember to open a link in a maximized window

Q: Every time I click a link in Internet Explorer 7 the window opens in a small window. I have to maximize it. It just won't remember the last setting. How can I get it to open maximized all of the time?

A: Try this:
  1. Click the hyperlink to open Internet Explorer 7.
  2. Maximize the window.
  3. Click the "X" at the top right.
  4. Click the hyperlink again.

It should now open maximized from now on.

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Put the IE7 Icon on the Vista Desktop

To Add the IE7 Icon to your Vista Desktop:
  1. Click the "Download Now" button (below):

    Add IE7 Icon to Vista Desktop
     
  2. Click Run at the Security prompt
  3. At the UAC prompt, select "Continue"
  4. When you receive a prompt asking if you would like to continue, select Yes.
  5. You should receive a prompt notifying that all the values have been successfully added to the registry, click OK.
  6. Click an empty area of your desktop and press F5 on your keyboard to refresh your desktop. The icon should now reside on your desktop.

To remove the IE7 icon from your Vista Desktop:

  1. Click the "Download Now" button (below):

    Remove IE7 Icon from Vista Desktop
     
  2. Click Run at the Security prompt
  3. At the UAC prompt, select "Continue"
  4. When you receive a prompt asking if you would like to continue, select Yes.
  5. You should receive a prompt notifying that all the values have been successfully added to the registry, click OK.
  6. Click an empty area of your desktop and press F5 on your keyboard to refresh your desktop. The icon should be removed from your desktop.

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Controlling Cookies

Introduction:

Cookies were developed as a time saving feature. Their purpose is to tell the browser that you have returned to a previously visited web page so that it can recall all of the pages information very quickly through the previously stored cookie. The different types of cookies are:
  • Persistent:
    These cookies are written directly to either your Windows Directory Cookie folder (Windir\Cookies) or your User Profile Cookie folder. These cookies will remain in these folders until manually deleted from your system.
     
  • Session:
    These cookies are stored in your systems memory and are created only for the specific session. Once you exit your browser, these session cookies are purged from memory.
     
  • First-Party:
    These cookies are originated at a host domain.
     
  • Third-Party:
    These cookies are cookies that are set from other web pages off of the host domain.

In Internet Explorer 7, you can control how you would like to handle the cookies that install when visiting websites. You can block, accept or have IE7 prompt you when a cookie is trying to install. Here's how:

  1. Open Internet Explorer 7
  2. Select Tools
  3. Select Internet Options
  4. Select the Privacy tab
  5. Select the Advanced button
  6. From here, you can select to override IE7's automatic cookie handling by placing a checkmark in the checkbox titled: Override automatic cookie handling. Then you can choose Accept, Block or Prompt from both the First-party and Third-party cookie sections.
  7. Click OK when finished with your setting changes

You can also control how cookies are handled on a per-site basis. You can store website addresses to always allow or always block cookies. Here's how:

  1. Open Internet Explorer 7
  2. Select Tools
  3. Select Internet Options
  4. Select the Privacy tab
  5. Select the Sites button
  6. Under the "Address of website" category, type in the website that you would like to control cookies
  7. Select either of the two buttons to the right of the web address to always "Allow" or always "Block" cookies. To remove a websites address from the list, simply click to highlight the website and then select the "Remove" button.
  8. When finished making your setting changes, click OK

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