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Spartan’s Simplified Settings Menu

Monday, April 13th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

I gave you a quick tour of Spartan, the browser Microsoft wants to replace Internet Explorer, in part 1 of this article.  Click here, if you haven’t had the chance to read it yet.  I’m using this new browser as part of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Now I’m going to show you how Microsoft has combined functions found under the File, Edit, View and Tools menu of Internet Explorer into a simplified interface. Let’s start by clicking those three little dots at the far-right of the browser that bring up a drop-down menu with a lot of great options.


At the top of the drop-down menu, you’ll see options to open a new window, zoom in on the page and share the page.  Right now, sharing lets you share the page via OneNote and Reading list, though it’s likely other methods of sharing will be added later. You can also grab a screenshot with the share function and share it.


Still scrolling down the same drop-down menu, you also have the option to Find on page or Print.


With Find on page, you can type in text.


Spartan then find it for you on the webpage you’re viewing.


Now when you click the Settings option, things get interesting.


At the top of the list you  can adjust whether you want to see the Favorites bar displayed in the browser and also adjust the size type for the Spartan controls pretty simply. This is also where you choose what you want for your start page. Previously, changing this involved going to Tools, then Internet options, then picking the General tab and making the change.


Scroll down just a bit more and you’ll see popular privacy settings, such as clearing the browsing data, blocking pop-ups, controlling cookies and sending Do Not Track Reports all grouped together.  In Internet Explorer, you’d need to choose Internet Options from a drop-down menu, select the Security tab and then make those changes.


Keep scrolling straight down for more security options without having to open up a security or privacy menu or go into advanced options.


Spartan also has the ability to turn individual add-ons on and off without making you choose to disable all add-ons. It’s a very simplified menu that puts the most popular options right where you need them.

~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “Spartan’s Simplified Settings Menu”

  1. Randy says:

    OK, now you are just scaring me. I have used IE for ever, but must admit, probably don’t use it to its potential. You are telling me way more then I can even understand. One real question. Will the favorite list work the same, with a one click function?

  2. Wil Radford says:

    Looks like it will remove the current toolbar thereby making more of the screen usable. I am looking forward to the upgrade to Windows 10!

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