Internet Explorer at a glance
Here are some of the ways that Internet Explorer makes browsing the web easier, safer, and more enjoyable.
Features in Internet Explorer 7
Tabbed browsing is a feature in Internet Explorer that allows you to open multiple websites in a single browser window. If you have a lot of tabs open, use Quick Tabs to easily switch between open tabs. For more information about Quick Tabs, see Using Quick Tabs in Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer lets you delete your temporary files, cookies, webpage history, saved passwords, and form information from one place. Delete selected categories, or everything at once.
Click the Favorites Center button
to open the Favorites Center
to manage favorites, feeds, and history in one place. For more information about using favorites, see Managing your Internet Explorer favorites
Printing now scales webpages to fit the paper you're using. Print Preview
gives more control when printing, with manual scaling and an accurate view of what you're about to print. For more information about printing, see Preview the appearance of a printed webpage.
The Zoom feature lets you enlarge or reduce text, images, and some controls. For more information about using Zoom, see Zoom in on a webpage.
Increased security and privacy
New security and privacy features mean you can browse the web more safely.
Higher security levels can help protect you from hackers and web attacks.
The Security Status bar displays the identity of secure websites to help you make informed decisions when using online banking or merchants. Internet Explorer now supports Extended Validation (EV) certificates to help make a more positive identification of website owners and organizations. For more information, see How to know if an online transaction is secure.
Read and subscribe to feeds
A feed, also known as RSS feed
, XML feed
, or syndicated content
, is website content that can be automatically delivered to your browser. By subscribing to a feed, you can get updated content, such as breaking news or your favorite blog, without having to visit the website. The Feeds button
in the Internet Explorer
toolbar will light up when a feed is available
for a webpage you're viewing. Click the button to display the feed or to subscribe. For more information about feeds, see Using feeds (RSS)
Help prevent online attacks by keeping Internet Explorer up to date
Keeping Windows and Internet Explorer up to date is one of the best ways to prevent trouble online. Microsoft periodically issues updates which can help prevent online attacks. These updates are available free of charge through Windows Update.
If your computer is not set up to automatically receive updates, you can manually request these updates by using Internet Explorer. Click the Tools button, and then click Windows Update. Follow the prompts on the screen to check for updates.