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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.
To help you navigate various sites more efficiently, Internet Explorer 8 allows you to create favorites and use the browsing history to go back to pages you've already visited. So let's explore that now. First of all you'll need Internet Explorer 8 opened up and launched ready to go if you want along with me. All we are going to do is go up to the address field and click once. Notice the entire address is selected, no matter what you've got on your screen here. It selects this so we can type over it. So we'll type the lynda.com and press Enter, and it takes us to that page.
Let's click again in the address bar and try another one like ebay.com. When we press Return we are taken to that page. Now you'll notice we have got Back buttons and a Forward button to move back and forth through the history. So we can go back to the original site, and the Back button is no longer selectable. But we've also got a button on the toolbar that says Favorites. And from here we can also access feeds and the history. So we'll click Favorites, and if you haven't got the Favorites tab selected, go ahead and click it.
Notice that down below you are going to see the Favorites that are setup for you by default in Internet Explorer 8. So you can go directly to Microsoft Websites, Windows Live sites, etcetera. But if you want to add your own favorites, no problem. All you have to do is click Add to Favorites, but you need to get to that site first. So let's go back here to the History tab and let's go down to lynda.com, and you can choose any site you like. Under the lynda.com heading, you'll see that there's only here, Tutorials, and right now I am viewing these links by date.
And we do have the ability to change it. If we wanted to view them by site, you can see now they're listed by site, or you can go by Most Visited or by Visited Today, or we can go through the entire history. So let's go View By Site, and we'll select lynda.com, and then choose the actual site, the tutorials at lynda.com. It takes us directly there, and if we want to add this to our Favorites, no problem. We just go up to that Favorites button again, but this time we are just going to click Add to Favorites. Now this little Add to Favorite window opens up.
You can change the name if you don't like Tutorials - Online Training - lynda.com. You just wanted to say lynda.com. Type right over that. And you can see it's going to my Favorites. Now it's going to be lumped in there with all those other folders. If I wanted to, I can create a new folder a new category if you will, and this site will be added to that category. So I am going to choose New Folder, and under Favorites I am going to create one called Learning. Notice it's created in the Favorites folder. I could create it inside one of those other folders if I wanted to, but I'm creating this new one under Favorites so it appears there when I click the Favorites button.
I click Create. Now lynda.com is going to go in the Learning folder. I click Add and when I go back to Favorites, you'll notice that if I click the Favorites tab, I have got one called Learning. I can click it to expand and display the one link that's in there right now, the lynda.com site. And of course we can click these folders to collapse them as well to help us stay better organized with the various folders. Now if there's one in there you don't want. Let's say you never use the Microsoft Websites for example, you can right-click and you get a number of options.
Here you can see I've got the option to delete this, or rename it if I wanted to, and explore the Properties, but I am going to click anywhere down here. I am going to click Learning, and it's got my lynda site. I am going to right-click, and I am going to choose to delete that one. I'll need to confirm that by clicking Yes. And now it's removed from my Favorites. So if there's things in there you no longer need, remember just right-click them and choose Delete. Now let's go back to the History for a moment. Just because I removed it from my Favorites, it doesn't mean it's gone from my history.
Internet Explorer 8 is continuing to keep track of the sites I've visited. How do I clear that if I don't want to keep track? I want to clear the history, and start fresh. Well we can do that from our Tools button on the toolbar. Let's go there and choose Internet Options. Here you'll notice a Browsing history section. So we can delete the browsing history when we exit Internet Explorer 8 by clicking this checkbox or if you prefer, just deselect that and delete by clicking the Delete button, and here you get to choose what's going to be deleted.
Temporary Internet files, these are web pages and images that are saved so that when you go back to those sites they show up quicker. Same thing goes for Cookies, and there's the History right there. So you can deselect and select the things you want to delete or not and then click the Delete button. You can click Apply if you want or just click OK to apply and close up that window. Now if I go up to Favorites, notice my history is empty. It's fresh. My Favorites are still there, but the history has been wiped clean.
So we'll click Favorites again to close that up. So to save you some time, remember create your favorites so you can quickly access them when you need them, and if you visited a site that's not a part of your favorites, you can always go back to that history if you need to and visit it from there. Deleting the history clears the cache so you can start fresh each time you open up Internet Explorer 8.
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