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Is it possible to use the IE10 App without making Internet Explorer the default browser?

Windows 8 comes with two versions of Internet Explorer: the normal desktop version, which looks just like IE9, and the Modern UI version, which is a full-screen tablet-style app. By default, links ...
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How to force Internet Explorer (IE) to REALLY reload the page?

When using Internet Explorer 8 to test my web application I often find it doesn't reload the page, so I don't see my changes. This has resulted in a lot of wasted time and frustration wondering why my ...
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Should I install Internet Explorer updates although I disabled it?

I have disabled Internet Explorer in the "Windows Features" dialog. Nonetheless Windows Update alerts me that there are security updates for IE. I am aware that I cannot uninstall IE and it remains ...
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Prevent Internet Explorer tabs from opening tabs in stack in taskbar

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate, and IE 8, and have the taskbar in icon view. I'm not sure how to explain this, but I'm amazed at how each tab in IE8 seems to act like a new "thing" in the taskbar (as if ...
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How to view Internet Explorer auto-detected proxy settings?

When Internet Explorer is set to auto-detect proxy settings, is there a way to view what it detects?
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How can I install Internet Explorer 7 on Windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you install MSIE7 in Windows 7? I need to install Internet Explorer 7 on my Windows 7 machine. How can this be done?
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What's the logic behind the “W” in Control+W to close a Tab in IE?

I like to make connections so I can remember keyboard shortcuts. I get Ctrl+T to open a new tab - but what's the logic behind Ctrl+W to close one?
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Multiple versions of Internet Explorer on a machine

Is it possible to have multiple versions of Internet Explorer on the same computer?
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How do I remove the “eye symbol” from password fields in Windows 8?

While I was entering my password in Gmail and other mail accounts, I could see a symbol of an "eye" in the text box. This is really dangerous because once you click on the eye, your password is ...
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IE: Why does Compatibility View disappear for some websites?

IE9 displays the Compatibility Mode button for some websites, but not for others. For the others, I can still enable it by adding it via Tools > Compatibility View Settings, and then it behaves as ...
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Windows Domain Authentication with Firefox

We have many internal web sites on our domain: a.blah.com b.bhah.com c.blah.com IE authenticates automatically using the currently signed in domain user but fire fox pops up a login box, sometimes ...
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Windows 7 never remembers my password credential

Every time I need to connect to something in my company I get a dialog like this So I type in my password(this can popup when I am in IE 9 or outlook or whatever.) and check the box. Say I am in IE ...
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Opening Explorer shell with admin privileges on XP (with IE7 installed)

I used to demote my user account so that it had no admin priveleges and used a 'sudo-like' trick where you create a shortcut to IE6 and enabled the 'Run with different credentials' option to open a ...
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Why does Internet Explorer call itself Mozilla? [closed]

My version of Internet Explorer uses the following user agent. User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; blah blah blah Theoretically, can Mozilla Foundation sue Microsoft for ...
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Is it possible to install Windows 8 without Internet Explorer?

Is it possible to install Windows 8 without including Internet Explorer at all? If that is not possible, is it possible to remove Internet Explorer after install? Would the answer change for Modern ...
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How can I tell if a screenshot was made in IE7 or IE8?

I have a screenshot of an IE web browser. My question is, how can I tell whether it's IE 7 or IE8? I've looked on the net and all the different shots of 7 and 8 look the same.
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Does upgrading Internet Explorer improve overall system security if I don't use it?

If I only use Chrome/Firefox/Opera on Windows, does upgrading IE to its latest version provide any benefit? Imagine I have Windows 7 SP1 with the original IE and Microsoft offers a newer version for ...
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My browsers won't use my full screen resolution and also use different resolutions between them

My screen resolution is actually 3200x1800, but when I'm in a browser it acts like I have a smaller resolution. How do I get my browsers to use my full resolution? On Chrome it's using 1280x720, ...
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Prevent installation of IE toolbars?

If there is one thing I would like to see become a standard feature in Internet Explorer it would be the ability to prevent installation of damn toolbars and for those preventative measures to be ...
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How to disable caching in Internet Explorer 9?

How can i disable caching in Internet Explorer 9? i browse to a page, and click a link. When i click Back, i need the browser to always re-fetch the page from the web-site. i've tried disabling ...
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How to browse safely?

Just curious. What are the best practices and tools you use for safe Internet browsing? How to stay away from spywares, adwares etc? Update: For my work, I use Internet Explorer on Windows and ...
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Opposite of IE Tab / Mozilla rendering for IE

I have an application which does not perform well in IE, but works in Firefox. Rather than installing firefox (or asking users to install firefox), is there an "opposite" of the FireFox extension ...
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How come IE8 does not allow a port number at the end of a URL?

Typing "www.example.com" works fine in IE8, but when I enter "www.example.com:8000" it doesn't work (I know it works for some people). Port 8000 is necessary because I do a lot of web development ...
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Why does Internet Explorer sometimes fail to connect to anything until I restart it?

IE has an annoying problem on my PC (XP SP3). I start it and try to go to Google (for example) and it'll sit there saying "Connecting" but nothing will happen and it doesn't matter how many times I ...
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Prevent javascript from resizing IE window

I am looking for a way to prevent JavaScript on a webpage from resizing and repositioning my Internet Explorer window. This option is available in Firefox, but I can't find anything similar in ...
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How to uninstall Internet Explorer 9 or rollback to Internet Explorer 8?

I wanted to try, and I installed Internet Explorer 9 and now Firefox is acting strangely. For example, the URL Windows aren't opening in time. When I Maximize Firefox the window title is blinking like ...
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How do I turn off the annoying clicking sound when browsing web pages in Internet Explorer?

When I browse web pages in Internet Explorer, especially AJAX heavy sites, IE constantly clicks at me. How do I stop the madness?
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Does holding down Ctrl/Shift while clicking refresh actually have an effect in modern browsers?

I have been pressing Ctrl or Shift while clicking refresh for so long out of habit that I am not even sure it has any effect in modern browsers. In the past it was used to do a 'hard refresh' - i.e. ...
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Why are some “Use TLS” and “Use SSL” options turned off?

I'm really confused -- why are some of the TLS/SSL options turned off by default? Is there any harm in turning them on or something?
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What makes the address bar in IE turn green?

What aspect of a site's SSL certificate causes IE's address bar to turn green? I'm working on a site which already uses SSL successfully, but am interested to know if there are different levels of ...
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Uninstall Internet Explorer 8 and install Internet Explorer 6

How do I install Internet Explorer 6 as my default browser and remove Internet Explorer 8? I need this because of the script in my course syllabus.
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How to maintain different active sessions in single firefox and internet explorer?

Suppose we are working in Firefox. Now I have opened 3 tabs. In all 3 tabs I need to work on an application e.g. gmail account. i.e. Tab 1 has Account 1, tab 2 has account2 and tab 3 has account 3. I ...
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What are the differences between browsers, programmatically?

Where can I find a breakdown of the difference between web browsers from a developer's prospective? I always wanted to know what makes IE different than Firefox from Chrome, Opera, etc. Please let ...
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Set Internet Explorer as the default browser from the command line

Is it possible to set Internet Explorer as the default browser to launch from the command line? I have a web application that only runs under Internet Explorer, but if it happens that Firefox is ...
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How much data does Chrome really collect?

One of the companies I work for recently informed me that browsing the Intranet using Chrome is not accepted (nor supported) because it "collects data", therefore making it insecure. However, they ...
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How do I stop Google from bugging me to install the Start page Google app?

Every time I launch Internet Explorer, I get a toolbar popup: I always click No Thanks, but it doesn't remember the setting. Specs: IE 10 Windows 8
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Prevent a single IE window with multiple open tabs from being displayed as multiple windows in the taskbar? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Prevent IE8 tabs from opening tabs in stack in taskbar When I use IE 9 or 10, and open multiple tabs, the taskbar icon is shown like there are many instances of IE, even ...
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IE doesn't work with localhost + port

I have a NodeJS server running on my local machine for development purposes. By default, it uses port 1337. (I've tried a handful of other ports such as 8080, 1234, 9000, 9090, 65432 et al). I can ...
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How to disable file download popup in Internet Explorer?

I was able to disable file download popup in all popular browsers except Internet Explorer. This is the popup: I thought this would do it, but I still get the popup: Internet Explorer > Tools > ...
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I don't want Flash, how do I make IE stop asking about installing it?

I don't have Flash installed, so on many web pages I get a dialogue which says something like "this website wants to install the following add-on: Adobe Flash Player". Can I set this dialogue to ...
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Internet Explorer will not open

I recently migrated a company to a Microsoft domain environment, logged the users in under their new domain accounts, and then copied the old profiles to the new profile. I am not sure if that is ...
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Images not loading in Firefox and Internet Explorer

I have missing images in Firefox and IE. While most of the website works, there are images that just won't load in these two browsers. I just installed Chrome and everything is working fine. What ...
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Internet Explorer commandline arguments

I'm trying to run Internet Explorer from a batch file/scheduled task. My batch file contains (in its entirety): cd "%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explore" iexplore.exe http://superuser.com -nohome ...
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Cannot view browser history in IE9

For some reason IE9 does not store browser history. The problem has existed ever since I upgraded. Despite resetting the IE settings, the problem persists. I do not have "Delete browsing history on ...
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Synergy and IE problem with new tab pages

I'm running Win7 and IE8. In IE8, when I CTRL-CLICK a link to open a new tab, if Synergy+ Server is running, the link opens in a new window, not a new tab. If I stop the Synergy service, normal ...
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IE plugin for vertical tabs [closed]

I am looking for plugin/add on for vertical tabs in IE, like "Tree Style Tab" for Firefox.
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How do I block certain websites from being accessed through a browser?

A friend of mine (who is not a geek) asks me how to stop her little brother from playing web games on her computer. She is currently using Chrome and IE, and I have never done that before, even on FF. ...
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How do I change Firefox's user agent via about:config?

My work has blocked Internet access with Firefox. I know how to change the value of “general.useragent.extra.firefox” through about:config, but when I try to change it to IE, I still can’t access any ...
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How do you disable the wheel mouse button in Windows 7 so that it does not bring up the task switcher

When I am in Chrome (Or IE8), and I want to open a link in a new tab, I'm used to using the middle (wheel) button. With Windows 7, click on the mouse wheel brings up the Task Switcher, but I would ...
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xlsx files are being interpreted as zip files on download, why?

Background: For some reason, whenever a user tries to open an xslx (excel 2007) file from our intranet using MSIE, the file download dialog interprets it as a "zip" file. Admittedly, xslx files ...