Using Accelerators to find addresses, define words, and do other tasks with selected text

This information applies to Windows Internet Explorer 8.

You can use Accelerators with text that you select on a webpage to perform such tasks as opening a street address in a mapping website or looking up the dictionary definition for a word. You can also choose the web services or websites that Accelerators use to handle different types of tasks. Internet Explorer 8 comes with a selection of Accelerators included by default, but you can add or remove them as you like.

When you first install Internet Explorer 8, you can accept a selection of default Accelerators, or you can choose your own from an online list of Accelerators. The list of new Accelerators is frequently updated, so be sure to check back from time to time.

Using Accelerators

To use an Accelerator, follow these steps:

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

  2. Go to the webpage that contains the text that you want to use with an Accelerator, and select the text.

  3. Click the Accelerator button Picture of the Accelerator button to display a list of Accelerators.

If you rest your mouse pointer over each Accelerator, you'll see a preview of the information or content. In many cases, the preview will tell you what you want to know, such as a word definition or translation. If not, click the Accelerator and Internet Explorer will open the web service using the text you've highlighted.

You can also use an Accelerator from the new tab page with text you've copied to the Clipboard, such as from an e-mail message or word-processing document. For example, if you receive a street address in an e-mail that you want to get directions for, you can copy the address to the Clipboard, open Internet Explorer, and open a new tab. On the new tab page, under Use an Accelerator, click Show copied text if you want to check the text you copied, and then click the Accelerator you've chosen for mapping.

Getting new Accelerators

While Internet Explorer comes with a selection of Accelerators to get you started, you might want to take a look at some of the other Accelerators that are available. To find new Accelerators, 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 Manage Add-ons.

  3. In Manage Add-ons, under Add-on Types, click Accelerators to display a list of your current Accelerators.

  4. At the bottom of the screen, click Find More Accelerators.

  5. On the Internet Explorer service provider webpage, click a category, and then click the service you want.

  6. In the Add Accelerator dialog box, do one of the following:

    • If you're adding a new Accelerator, click Add. When you add an Accelerator, you can also select the Make this my default provider for this Accelerator Category check box.

    • If you're replacing an existing Accelerator, click Replace.

    • If you're not sure you trust the website listed in the From field, click Cancel.

Using non-default Accelerators

While you always have one default Accelerator for each category of Accelerator, you can add more to the category. When you add a new Accelerator to a category, you can see it by following these steps:

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

  2. Go to the webpage that contains the text that you want to use with an Accelerator, and select the text.

  3. Click the Accelerator button Picture of the Accelerator button to display a list of Accelerators, point to All Accelerators, and then click the Accelerator you want to use.

Managing your Accelerators

To manage your Accelerators, 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 Manage Add-ons.

  3. In Manage Add-ons, under Add-on Types, click Accelerators to display a list of your current Accelerators.

  4. Click an Accelerator in the list and do one or more of the following:

    • To change the status of an Accelerator, click the Enable, Disable, Set as default, or Remove as default buttons. Note that the buttons might change based on the current status of the Accelerator.

    • You can view the home page for the Accelerator service, or the site it was installed from.

    • To change the category of an Accelerator, click change next to the Category field in the status area at the bottom of Manage Add-ons.

    • To find and add more Accelerators, click Find More Accelerators at the bottom of Manage Add-ons.

    • To remove an Accelerator, click the Remove button.

  5. When you're done, click Close.