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Resetting Internet Explorer

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet
 
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Internet Explorer 7 and 8 have some great features that can be customized for usability and security reasons. Those features are usually helpful, but they can sometimes get messed up. Often times, the best way to fix those types of problems is to just reset IE back to its original settings. If you feel like your Internet Explorer Web browser isn’t quite working right, you might want to follow along with the steps below. They’ll help you put IE back to the way it was when you first installed it.

I’ve tested this on Windows Vista and 7, too, and it appears to work.

Here we go!

1.) Go to Start, Control Panel.

2.) Click on Network and Internet Connections. (Note: If you have your Control Panel set to the Classic View, skip steps 2 and 3. Just double click on Internet Options instead and advance to step 4).

3.) Click on Internet Options.

4.) Go under the Security tab and click on the “Reset all zones to default level” button. If that button is grayed out, just go to step 5.

5.) Under the Privacy tab, click on the Default button. If your Default button is grayed out, go on to step 6.

6.) Under the Advanced tab, click on the Reset button.

7.) A new box will then open. Click on the Reset button one more time.

8.) After the steps are finished, click Close. Now, click OK in the Internet Options box and then restart your computer.

And you’re done! After you restart your computer, open Internet Explorer . You’ll see that it’s back to the way it was when you first installed it. Nice and shiny and new. Enjoy!

~Gary

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