Section 3.3. Internet Explorer and Windows Mail

3.3. Internet Explorer and Windows Mail

A web browser used to view web content.

To open

Start All Programs Internet Explorer

Use the Internet Explorer icon on the Start menu or on the Quick Launch Toolbar.

Command Prompt iexplore


 iexplore [-nohome] [url] 


Internet Explorer is a full-featured web browser that you can use to navigate the Web, as well as view web content on your local network or hard drive. Web content is typically in the form of web pages (.html), but it can also be images (.gif, .png, and .jpg), FTP sites, or even streaming video or audio (via Windows Media Player).

You navigate in Internet Explorer by clicking hyperlinks in web pages or by typing addresses in Internet Explorer's Address Bar. You can "bookmark" frequently visited sites by creating Internet shortcuts (similar to Windows shortcuts), stored in your Favorites folder, your Desktop, or anywhere else on your hard disk.

Use the Back and Next buttons (as well as the Alt-left arrow and Alt-right arrow, respectively) to navigate through the history, which is empty in each new Internet Explorer window or tab that you open. Use the Stop button (or press the Esc key) to stop the loading of a page, and use the Refresh button (or press F5) to reload the page, displaying any changes that might have been made or displaying an updated version of a dynamically generated page.

The Home button loads the currently configured home page(s) into the browser window. The home page is merely a shortcut to a single web site, and you can change it by going to Tools Internet Options.

If you start Internet Explorer from the command line or Start box, you can use either of the following options:


Starts Internet Explorer without loading the home page (blank). You can also configure Internet Explorer to use a blank page (about:blank) as its home page, effectively causing Internet Explorer to always start without loading a home page.


The Uniform Resource Locator, which is the address of a page to load. If you omit url, Internet Explorer will display the home page.

Controls content you can view and use in Internet Explorer.

To open

Internet Explorer Tools Internet Options Content


This tab on the Internet Options dialog box controls a variety of miscellaneous content-related settings, including the Content Advisor, which can control the kind of web sites users of the PC are allowed to visit.

Revisit your favorite web sites and read RSS feeds.

To open

Click the Favorites Center icon in Internet Explorer.

Press Alt-C when using Internet Explorer.


The Web is a massive, chaotic place, and it is difficult to remember all of your favorite web sites, much less be able to navigate quickly to them. That's where the Favorites Center comes in. It lets you organize all your favorite sites in a logical fashion, in folders, so that you can revisit them. It also lets you organize and read RSS feeds.

Change the settings that affect Internet Explorer and your dial-up Internet connection.

Performs a variety of functions on the current web page, including sending the page via email, changing the text size on the page, and copying text from the page.

To open

Internet Explorer Page


The Page menu is a catchall for letting you perform a wide variety of functions on the web page you're currently visiting. The topmost choices are self-explanatory and follow basic Vista conventions for copying, cutting, and pasting text, as well as opening a new window. (Note that when you open a new window, you're opening an entire new instance of Internet Explorer, not just a new tab. The new instance will be opened to the current web page.)

Receive live feeds of web content, news, and weblogs (blogs).

To open

Internet Explorer Tools Internet Options Content Feeds (to configure feeds)

Click the Feeds button in the Internet Explorer toolbar (to subscribe to feeds).

Click the Favorites Center in Internet Explorer, and choose the Feeds tab (to read feeds).

Internet Explorer 7, built into Vista, includes an RSS reader for subscribing to and reading RSS feeds. When you're on a page that has an RSS feed, the RSS icon on the Internet Explorer toolbar turns orange. Click the icon to read the feed using Internet Explorer's built-in RSS reader. In some cases, a web site has more than one feed on it. Click the inverted triangle next to the RSS icon and you'll see a list of all feeds on the site. Click the one you want to read.

Searches the Internet using a variety of search providers.

To open

Enter a search term in the Search Bar in the upper-righthand corner of Internet Explorer and press Enter, or click the magnifying glass icon.

Control how Internet Explorer uses tabs.

To open

Internet Explorer Tools Internet Options General, then click Settings in the Tabs section


Probably the biggest visible change in the Vista version of Internet Explorer (and Internet Explorer 7 in XP) is the addition of tabs that allow you to browse multiple web sites simultaneously, each in its own tab. The Tab Options dialog box lets you control how Internet Explorer handles tabbed browsing.

Lets you take control over your privacy by controlling the way you manage cookies.

To open

Internet Explorer Tools Panel Internet Options Privacy

Command Prompt or Search Box Description

This tab lets you control how Internet Explorer handles cookies, small text files that web sites put on your hard disk to personalize the site for you or to track and record your activities on the site. As a means of site customization, they're a great way of helping you get the most out of the Web. They can also carry information about login names and passwords, which is a timesaver because you won't have to log in to each site every time you visit. If you delete all your cookies, you won't automatically get your Amazon wish list the next time you visit that site.

Protect yourself against online scams and spoofs.

To open

Internet Explorer Tools Phishing Filter

With Internet Explorer's phishing filter, when you try to visit what Microsoft deems a phishing site, Internet Explorer stops you in your tracks with a page warning you that you are about to head to a "reported phishing website." You then have the choice of closing the web site or ignoring the Microsoft recommendation and visiting it.

An Internet email client and newsgroup reader.

To open

Start All Programs Windows Mail

Double-click the Windows Mail icon on the Desktop, if it's been enabled.

Command Prompt winmail


Windows Mail uses a familiar Explorer-like tree interface to manage the folders into which email and newsgroup messages are organized. Highlight any folder name to display its messages; the currently highlighted message is then shown in the preview pane. Double-click the message to open it in a new window for easier reading and other options.

Newly received messages are stored in the Inbox folder. Files queued to be sent are stored in the Outbox folder, and are then moved to the Sent Items folder when they have been sent. The Deleted Items folder is like the Recycle Bin because it stores deleted messages until it is emptied manually. The Drafts folder stores messages as they're being composed. To add a new folder, select Local Folders in the tree and go to File New Folder. You can move messages from folder to folder by dragging and dropping them.

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