Internet Explorer 7: Customize Appearance


Windows Vista enhances the Internet Explorer® experience. The upcoming release of Windows® Internet Explorer 7® not only adds important new security and privacy features, but makes everyday tasks easier through features such as tabbed browsing, inline search, and shrink-to-fit printing.

So, depending on the page you are viewing and the resolution of your monitor you can adjust the text to fit the situation. This can make some web pages easier to read. Adjusting them can also enhance the visual nature of the page, larger text and larger images, if that is important for the page.

Anytime you need them, you also have access to the familiar menus of previous versions of IE and this is just if you want the menus on all the time. Most common functions are easily available from the menu bar buttons without the classic menus. Thus the menus may become obsolete for you as you familiarize yourself with the aspects of Internet Explorer 7.



· Ensure you’re logged in as

· Launch Internet Explorer

· Click Page menu > Text Size > Select smallest

· Click Page menu > Zoom > 400%

· Click Page menu > Text Size > Largest

· Scroll around to show text and images

· Click Page menu > Zoom > 100%

· Click Tools menu > Full Screen

· Press F11 to return

· Show ALT, then Click Tools > Toolbars > Classic menu

· Click Page menu > Text Size > Select smaller

Keyboard Shortcuts For Internet Explorer

  • To Select all items on a webpage use CTRL and A.
  • To Copy a selected item to the clipboard use CTRL and C.
  • To Paste an item from the clipboard into a document use CTRL and V.
  • To Add the current page/document to your favorites use CTRL and D.
  • To Open the IE search utility use CTRL and E.
  • To Open the FIND box to search the current document use CTRL and F.
  • To Open the History utility use CTRL and H.
  • To Open the Favorites utility use CTRL and I.
  • To Go to a new location/document use CTRL and L. Also CTRL and O.
  • To Open a new Explorer window use CTRL and N.
  • To Print the current page/document use CTRL and P.
  • To Refresh the current page/document use CTRL and R. Also you can use the F5 key.
  • To Save the current document/page use CTRL and S.
  • To Close the current Explorer window use CTRL and W.
  • These are achieved by holding down and pressing a combination of keys
  • To go to your default homepage use ALT and the HOME key.
  • To go forward one page (equivalent to the FORWARD button) use ALT and the right arrow key.
  • To go back one page (equivalent to the BACK button) use ALT and the left arrow key.
  • Type URL without a Mouse Click in IE you can use Alt + D key combination to highlight the address bar.
  • This allows you to enter a URL without the mouse click.
  • This will be helpful for the laptop users who find it uneasy to use their touchpad every time they want to type a URL.

Customize Internet Explorer’s Title Bar

To modify the Internet Explorer’s title bar follow the steps given below:

  • Open Registry by going to Start then Run and Enter regedit.
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet. Explorer\Main.
  • In right hand panel look for string “Window Title” and change its value to whatever custom text you want to see.

Increasing Internet Band-Width By 20%

Microsoft reserves 20% of your available bandwidth for their own purposes like Windows Updates and interrogating your PC etc. Click Start then Run and type gpedit.msc. This opens the group policy editor. Then go to: Local Computer Policy–>Computer Configuration–>Administrative Templates–>Network–>QoS Packet Scheduler and then to LimitReservableBandwidth. Double click on Limit Reservable bandwidth. It will say it is not configured, but the truth is under the ‘Explain‘ tab i.e.”By default, the Packet Scheduler limits the system to 20 percent of the bandwidth of a connection, but you can use this setting to override the default.” So the trick is to ENABLE reservable bandwidth, then set it to ZERO. This will allow the system to reserve nothing, rather than the default 20%.It works on Windows 2000 and XP as well.