Change Internet Explorer Content settings

This information applies to Windows Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8.

Internet Explorer content settings let you make changes to how Internet Explorer screens content and how it uses certificates, AutoComplete, and web feeds (RSS).

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How do I change my Internet Explorer content settings?

To change Internet Explorer content settings, follow these steps:

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.

  3. Click the Content tab.

What are Parental Controls?

Parental Controls are features that allow you to control the content that your children can view when browsing the Internet. If your version of Windows has Parental Controls, see Help and Support for more information.

What is Content Advisor?

Content Advisor is a tool that blocks or allows specific websites, based on the site's content rating. For more information, see Internet Explorer Content Advisor: frequently asked questions.

What are certificates settings?

Certificates provide website identification and encryption for secure connections. These settings enable you to remove personal security information that is stored when you use a smart card or public computer kiosk (to clear the SSL state, in other words). You can also view or manage the certificates that are installed on your computer. For more information, see these topics:

What is AutoComplete?

AutoComplete is a feature in Internet Explorer that remembers the information you have typed into the Address bar, web forms, or password fields, and which automatically fills in that information if you start to type the same thing again later. This saves you from having to type the same information over and over. For more information about AutoComplete, see Fill in website forms and passwords automatically.

What are the feeds and Web Slice settings?

Feeds, also known as RSS feeds, contain frequently updated content published by a website. They are usually used for news and blog websites, but are also used for distributing other types of digital content, including pictures, audio, or video. For more information on feeds, see Using feeds (RSS) and Discover a feed.

In Internet Explorer 8, Web Slices enable you to see when updated content—such as the current temperature, or a changing auction price—is available from your favorite websites. A Web Slice is a specific portion of a webpage that you can subscribe to. Once you have subscribed to the Web Slice, it appears as a link on the Favorites bar. When the Web Slice is updated, the link on the Favorites bar will appear with bold formatting. You can then click the link to see the updated content. For more information on Web Slices, see Web Slices: frequently asked questions.