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Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual by Sharon Crawford

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Internet Options

This applet opens the same dialog box that appears when you choose ToolsInternet Options in Internet Explorer. Most of the settings apply to Web browsing—and, specifically, to Internet Explorer. Its six tabs break down like this:

  • General, Security, Content. These tabs control your home page, cache files, and history list, and let you define certain Web pages as off-limits to your kids. Details on these options are in Chapter 11.

  • Connections. Controls when your PC modem dials; see Section 11.2 for details.

  • Programs. Use these drop-down menus to indicate which Internet programs you generally prefer for email, creating Web pages, and so on. For example, the email program you specify here is the one that will open automatically whenever you click an "email me!" link on a Web page. The checkbox at the bottom of the dialog box tells Windows to watch out for the day when you install a browser other than Internet Explorer; at that time, you'll be asked which program—IE or the new one—you want to use as your everyday browser.

  • Advanced. On this tab, you'll find dozens of checkboxes, most of which are useful only in rare circumstances or affect your Web experience only in minor ways. For example, "Enable Personalized Favorites Menu" shortens your list of favorite Web sites (see Section 11.5) over time, as Internet Explorer hides the names of sites you haven't visited in a while. "Show Go button in Address bar" lets you hide the Go button at the right of the Address bar; ...

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