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Microsoft Internet Explorer v6.0x written: 09-11-01
last updated: 09-11-01
The following write-up was written using version 6.0.2600.0000IS of Internet Explorer and, unless noted, will be applicable to other v6.0x releases. This document assumes that Internet Explorer v6.0x has been installed correctly. For more information about Internet Explorer v6.0x than is provided here, please see its help menu.

Configuring Internet Explorer

Start Homepage

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Select Tools >> Internet Options >> General tab.
      Where it reads 'You can change which page to use for your home page', enter:
  3. Hit Apply. Hit OK.


Internet Explorer 6.0x allows the computer to automatically dial and login to an Internet account when launched. These steps assume a dialup connection icon "Shortcut to Green Apple" has already been created (located on the desktop or the path My Computer >> Dialup Networking).

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Select Tools >> Internet Options >> Connections tab.
  3. Choose: [x] Always dial my default connection
  4. In "Dialup and Virtual Private Network settings" window, highlight the connection you wish to dial, click the "Set Default" button
  5. Click the "Settings" button
  6. If applicable, remove the checkmarks from: "Automatically detect settings" "Use automatic configuration script"
  7. Under the "Dialup Settings" field, enter the user name and password. Leave "Domain" field blank.
  8. If applicable, remove the checkmark from: "Do not allow Internet programs to use this connection"
  9. Hit OK. Hit Apply. Hit OK.

Access to Other Applications

Internet Explorer 6.0x offers an easy interface for sending Internet documents or hyperlinks to other Internet applications. While the default settings from a new installation of Internet Explorer 6.0x are acceptable for a majority of customers, some may wish to use non-Microsoft clients for Email and Usenet (e.g., Eudora or Forte Agent). To configure Internet Explorer 6.0x to recognize third-party software:

  1. Select Tools >> Internet Options >> Programs tab.
  2. Select the existing application desired from the drop-down menus for each specified category. If an application field is blank, or if the desired software is not listed as available, then the helper application will need to be re-installed.
  3. Hit Apply. Hit OK.

Using Internet Explorer

The Internet Explorer display is divided into six regions. From top to bottom they are: a row of pull-down menus, the toolbars (Navigation, Address, and Links) the HTML viewer, and the Status bar.

To go to a known site, enter the web-address (a.k.a. the Universal Resource Locator, the URL) on the Address line. Most web addresses begin with 'http://' (e.g.,; this may be omitted however as Internet Explorer will imply it (e.g., Internet Explorer also uses 'Auto Complete' and will suggest frequently used URLs by displaying matching addresses in its history file through a drop-down menu. To hide or show the Address line, select View > Toolbars > Address Bar and remove or add the checkmark.

The HTML viewer fills the majority of the Internet Explorer display. It is here that homepages are displayed. Within a given homepage often appear images and underscored text. When you click on a link, the web page to which that link points will then be retrieved and displayed.

The Status Bar at bottom will indicate the percentage of downloading that is complete when retrieving a web page. To hide or show the Status Bar remove or add the checkmark at View >> Status Bar.

The Navigation toolbar is the strip of buttons starting on left with a 'Back' arrow and ending on right with 'Edit'. All the buttons on the toolbar have an equivalent in a pull-down menu. To hide the toolbar, remove checkmark from View >> Toolbars >> Standard buttons.

A special region that may be opened within the HTML viewer is the Explorer Bar. The Explorer Bar helps manage features of the browser, like searches, favorites, and the history. Typically the Explorer Bar is opened to the left of the current page. To open the Explorer Bar, select one of the icons that appear for it on the toolbar or select View >> Explorer Bar and choosing which Explorer Bar you want opened. To hide the Explorer Bar, select View >> Explorer bar >> and remove any checked instances.

Pull-down Menu Items

Across the top of Internet Explorer is a row of pull-down menus starting with 'File' on the left and ending with 'Help' on the right. Below are descriptions of the more important menu selections:

    Window Open a new copy of Internet Explorer.
    Message Open email helper app to compose and send an email.
    Post Open Usenet helper app to post an article to a newsgroup.
    Contact Create a new contact in the address book.
    Internet Call Make a new call using Microsoft NetMeeting.
  Open Open local file or web page.
  Edit Edit with a default web page editing utility
  Save Save current page locally (i.e. on hard drive) in current.
  Save as Save current page locally providing a directory name.
  Page Setup Printing layout.
  Print Print current page.
  Print Preview Displays a preview of what will be printed out.
    Page By Email Send current page via email as an attachment.
    Link By Email Open new email message to which a link to current page is included.
    Shortcut To Desktop Create a desktop icon which leads directly to that website.
  Import and Export Import or export your favorites, email, address book.
  Properties Give information about the current homepage.
  [list] List of most recently visited pages this session.
  Work Offline Browse files previously downloaded (as through subscription mechanism) without having the browser try to retrieve them from the Internet again.
  Close Close this Internet Explorer window.
  Cut Cut text from current window
  Copy Copy text from current window
  Paste Paste text to current window
  Select All Selects all text in current window
  Find Search the current page for word / phrase.
    Standard buttons Hide / Show Navigation buttons.
    Address buttons Hide / Show Address line.
    Links Hide / Show Links line.
    Radio Hide / Show Radio toolbar (available with Windows Media Player).
    Customize Allows you to customize your toolbar.
    Status bar Hide / Show Status bar at bottom.
    Explorer bar Hide / Show Explorer bar.
  Go To
    Back Back one page in history.
    Forward Forward one page in history (if available).
    Home Page Return to Internet start page.
    [list] List of most recently visited pages this session.
  Stop Interrupt current transfer.
  Refresh Display a fresh copy of page.
  Text Size Adjust the font size.
  Encoding Allows you to change the font encoding of the browser
  Source View HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) code which produced the current page.
  Script Debugger <Advanced users only>
    Open Opens the script debugger.
    Break at Next Statement Places a break command at the next script line
  Full Screen Display page in full screen (i.e. no bars).
  Add to Favorites Add the current page to your favorites list for easy retrieval in the future.
  Organize Favorites Organize (add / mod / delete) your favorites list.
  [bottom list] List and sub-menus of favorites.
  Mail and News Launch helper applications (if available).
  Synchronize Updates all offline content.
  Windows Update Opens the Windows Update page.
  Show Related Links Shows links related to the current page.
  Internet Options Setting in which user may customize Internet Explorer's operation.
Help Help menus on Internet Explorer.

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