Improving Internet browsing performance

The most common cause of poor performance in Internet Explorer is large pictures, sounds, videos, or other multimedia files that appear or are played automatically when you access a Web page. If you are using a slow connection to access the Internet, these files may take a long time to appear or be played.

To improve browsing performance in Internet Explorer 6, you can prevent pictures, sounds, videos, and other multimedia files from appearing or being played automatically when you access Web pages.

1. Start Internet Explorer, and then click Internet Options on the Tools menu.

2. On the Advanced tab, click to clear one or more of the following check boxes in the Multimedia area:
-- Show Pictures (prevents pictures from appearing automatically).
-- Play Sounds (prevents sounds from being played automatically).
-- Play Videos (prevents videos from being played automatically).
-- Play Animations (prevents animations from being played automatically).

3. Hit Apply.

4. Disable the AutoComplete feature for forms and passwords.
a. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
b. Click the Content tab, and then click AutoComplete.
c. Click to clear the Forms and User names and passwords on forms check boxes, click OK, and again OK.

5. Click the Security tab, and then click Custom Level.

6. Click Disable for one or more of the items in the following Active Content areas:
-- ActiveX Controls and Plug-ins (prevents Internet

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Explorer from automatically using items that show active content).
-- Java (prevents Internet Explorer from viewing Java programs automatically).
-- Scripting

7. Click OK, and then click OK.

NOTE: If you disable ActiveX, Java, and scripting, you may not be able to view Web sites that use these features.

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This was first published in October 2006

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