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Internet Explorer 7 FAQ


What is Internet Explorer 7?

Internet Explorer 7 is the latest version of the world's most popular web browser. This new version is a major step forward in ease of use and security. Download it for free today.


What is tabbed browsing and how does this make browsing easier for me?

Tabbed browsing allows you to manage multiple websites within one browsing window. To create or open tabs in Internet Explorer 7, click on the empty tab on the Toolbar or right-click on any hyperlink in a webpage and choose New Tab. You also can right-click on a tab to refresh each page as an individual tab or refresh all of them as a group, as well as close individual tabs or the entire group.

Quick Tabs
Internet Explorer 7 helps manage multiple tabs with a feature called Quick Tabs. Quick Tabs enable you to view thumbnail images of all open tabs in one view. By simply clicking the Quick Tab icon just to the right of the Favorites icon, you can view all open tabs. From the Quick Tabs view, you can open any tab by simply clicking anywhere on the tab image and can close any tab by clicking the "X" in the far right corner of the image.

Tab Groups
Managing multiple tabs can be cumbersome. Internet Explorer 7 simplifies the organization of multiple tabs with Tab Groups. Tab Groups enable you to organize multiple tabs in the same category as a single Tab Group that can be saved as a Favorite. Tab Groups can be created for a variety of subjects or categories such as shopping, finance, or news.


If I install Internet Explorer 7 what will happen to my Favorites?

When you install Internet Explorer 7 your current list of favorites in Internet Explorer 6 will migrate into the new browser so you won't have to re-add your favorite websites when you begin surfing the web.


What is a Phishing Filter and why should I turn it on?

Internet Explorer 7 offers dynamic security protection to help keep you safe online. Most users are unaware of how much personal, traceable data is transmitted with every click of the mouse while they are browsing the web and most online users are likely to have trouble discerning a valid website from a bogus copy. A technique used by many malicious website operators to gather personal information is known as phishing � masquerading online as a legitimate person or business for the purpose of acquiring sensitive information (e.g., a credit card or social security number).

Developers of phishing and other malicious activities thrive on lack of communication and limited sharing of information. Using an online service that is updated several times an hour, the new Phishing Filter in Internet Explorer 7 consolidates the latest industry information about fraudulent websites and shares it with you to proactively warn and help protect you while you browse.

The Phishing Filter is turned on by default when you first use Internet Explorer 7. For Phishing Filter options, including turning it on or off, reporting a suspicious site to Microsoft, and more, go to the Tools menu in the upper-right toolbar, and select Phishing Filter.


What is a bad certificate and why is it blocking me from accessing a website?

Website certificates are designed to both encrypt the traffic between your browser and a website as well as make sure that you're communicating with the website you intended. Included in that website certificate is a number of different pieces of information such as the web address, or URL, expiration date, and certifying authority who verified this website was actually who they said they were. If any of these pieces of information are out of synch with the site you are attempting to contact, it may be due to a malicious individual attempting to fool you into revealing your personal information to them. For example, if I access and everything works fine, I can be certain that I was communicating with the valid owner of that URL. However, if that certificate is stolen or is no longer valid, that URL and website combination cannot be guaranteed to be secure. As a result, Internet Explorer will automatically block you from accessing the site. If you have seen this on a site you know to be valid, please contact the site administrator to update their website certificates as soon as possible.


What are RSS feeds and why or when should I use them?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS feeds are a way for website owners to easily distribute a list of headlines, update notices, and content to a wide number of people on the web. Most people are interested in many websites whose content changes on an unpredictable schedule. Examples of such websites are news sites, travel sites, community information pages, medical websites, and weblogs. Repeatedly checking each website to see if there is any new content can be very tedious.

With new integrated support for RSS in Internet Explorer 7, you can easily discover, subscribe to and read RSS feeds directly in the browser. You can have personalized sports, news, or shopping feeds delivered directly to you.

In Internet Explorer 7, you can read the feed directly in the browser, scan for important stories and get a description of the content. You can also subscribe to a feed with a single click, a process that is very similar to adding a website Favorite.

How to subscribe to an RSS feed in Internet Explorer 7

1. The site you're visiting must offer RSS feeds. Internet Explorer 7 will notify you of a site that offers RSS by illuminating (in red or orange) the RSS feed button on your toolbar.

2. Click the red/orange "Feeds" button to see a list of articles that are offered via RSS and subscribe to them by clicking "Subscribe to this feed" in the upper part of the screen.

3. You can see all the updated content on this site by looking in the Feeds section of your Favorites Center each time you open Internet Explorer 7.


Can I add other search providers to the Search dropdown menu?

The Toolbar Search Box makes it quick and easy for you to search the web directly from the upper-right corner of the browser using your favorite search providers. Just enter your search words and choose a search provider from the drop-down list. To add more providers, just click the drop-down arrow and click Find More Providers... to easily add more providers to your list.


I'm having a hard time finding the options I need on the toolbar. Where can I find all the options I use in Internet Explorer 6?

Internet Explorer 7 was designed to be more streamlined and less cluttered with unnecessary items. Our goal was to maximize the screen real estate devoted to the webpages that you want to view and reduce the toolbar "creep" that can sometimes take up as much as a third of the screen.

Most of the options you used in Internet Explorer 6 are still there. The Back and Forward buttons are smaller and have been moved next to the Address Bar. The Windows flag icon in the upper-right corner of Internet Explorer 6 has been removed to make room for the Toolbar Search Box. There is also a new Favorites Center that contains your favorite websites, RSS feeds, and browsing history. Make sure you explore the new toolbar to see all your options including printing, page view, settings, and more.


Is there any way I can extend the functionality of Internet Explorer 7 using add-ons?

Yes. We've compiled an extensive list of add-ons to make your browsing with Internet Explorer 7 more productive, fun, and safe. Get more details.


Is there any product support offered for Internet Explorer 7?

Yes, we've provided a number of support and feedback options to help make your Internet Explorer 7 experience more enjoyable. Visit the support tab for more information.


Why can't I see the File menu in Internet Explorer 7?

To maximize website viewing, the File menu may be hidden by default. Most menu options can be accessed from the toolbar. To view the File menu simply click on the ALT key.

How do I install/uninstall Internet Explorer 7?

Contact the IT Department for these services. Restrictions on your computer will prevent you from performing these actions.

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