Chapter 7: Navigating the Web with Internet Explorer 7
Viewing and Managing Browsing History
As you browse the Web, Internet Explorer stores information about the pages you
visit, the content of those pages, the information that web sites collect from you, and
the information you provide while at web sites. This information is collectively
referred to as your browsing history. Your browsing history includes:
Temporary Internet files
Temporary Internet files are copies of web pages, images, and other related files.
Browser cookies store information about you collected by the web sites you visit.
The history list stores a list of web sites and pages you’ve visited according to the
date accessed and the web address.
Form data consists of information you’ve typed into online forms.
Passwords consist of passwords you’ve used when you signed into web sites that
use forms-based authentication.
Internet Explorer stores copies of this information to improve your browsing experi-
ence. If you visit the same site or page later, Internet Explorer can use the data it has
stored in its browser cache on your computer rather than having to reload the page
and its contents over the Web. This data can also be used to reauthenticate you on
web sites that require authentication and to provide information for automatically
completing web forms.
Conﬁguring temporary Internet ﬁle storage
With temporary Internet files, Internet Explorer can use copies of web pages, images,
and other related files rather than having to download these files. This allows you to
view pages faster on subsequent visits. You can control the way Internet Explorer
stores copies of temporary Internet files by completing the following steps:
1. In Internet Explorer, click Tools
➝ Internet Options. This displays the Internet
Options dialog box.
2. On the General tab, click Settings under Browsing History. This displays the
Temporary Internet Files and History Settings dialog box shown in Figure 7-15.
3. Configure how Internet Explorer uses stored data using the following “Check for
newer versions of stored pages” options:
Every time I visit the webpage
Select this option if you want Internet Explorer to check for a newer version
every time you access a page. Here Internet Explorer will use a newer ver-
sion when available and the cached version of the page otherwise.