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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.
Accelerators are new to Internet Explorer 8 and they are designed to speed up your web browsing experience. You may do this by providing fast access to functions that you'd normally take longer to reach through copying and pasting into other sites. Take for example, an address. Maybe you want to get a map to a specific address. You find the address on a website, you highlight it, copy it, open it up in another website like Google Maps or MapQuest, paste it in there and you catch your map eventually. Well, we can save a lot of time using an Accelerator, so let's test this out.
I am going to use the lynda.com website if you want to follow along with me. We are going to go over to the About Us link, and down below click Contact. Now here we do have a mailing address, so we can highlight the address and all we need is the street address over here as well as the city, state, and zip. And when you let go after dragging across that text, you will notice a little Accelerator icon appears. And you can click that to display your default Accelerators, and these are the ones that actually come with Internet Explorer 8 already installed and set up as your defaults.
So you can blog, or you can send e-mails. There is map with Bing right there. And when I hover over Map with Bing, I actually see a map for that particular selected address, there it is, right there in front of me. And of course, I can access this site just by clicking instead of hovering and it's going to open up a new tab and give me all of the tools that I need for looking up this map. You can see I have got Aerial view, Bird's eye view, and Traffic, and all kinds of cool tools built into my Maps here at Bing.
When I am done, I close the tab, after I printed the map, lets say, and that might be something I'd use in trying to get to lynda.com for example. So that's just one Accelerator. Let's try another one. Let's go back to the homepage by clicking on lynda.com logo and let's highlight some text like this paragraph here. Let's say we want a translate this and use it in another webpage or in some text, for example. When we select text like this, there is our Accelerator icon, we click. This time I will go down to Translate with Bing and this is another one of those Accelerators that gives us a preview on the right-hand side here.
And you can see, English was automatically detected as the language. Over on the right we get to choose the language we want to actually translate this to. If English shows up there for you, you probably never use this. Click the dropdown and you will see a whole list of languages to choose from. Let's try Spanish. Just takes a minute to translate it into Spanish. Let's go to another language, we will click the same dropdown and choose French. It takes another second to translate it into French. So this is just a quick preview but it gives us the text, helps us understand with reading.
If we want more tools of course, we can go over here back to the list and click Translate with Bing. Opens up the Bing Translator this time, a brand new tab. There's our originally highlighted text, there is the translation on the right, and we have got all of the tools at our fingertips here and the Bing Translator site. Close that up when we are done. So those are just a couple of default Accelerators, but there's more in the Add-ons gallery and we can access them from this little icon. When we click the Accelerator icon, you will notice down below All Accelerators, so it's going to display all of your defaults here, as well as two links.
We can Find More Accelerators directly from here. It will take us to the gallery. Or we can go to Manage Accelerators, where we can access some of the features as well as finding more Accelerators from here. So let's go to Manage Accelerators. Here, under Manage Add-ons, you'll see Accelerators is selected. Over on the right-hand side, you'll see the actual Accelerators we saw on that pop-up list. And if we want more information about one of them such as Translate with Bing, select it, and there is information down below.
It's Default, available on Document, Selection, Link. So if we select text, for example, it's available, if it's in a document or an actual link, we will get to see this one as available. Notice it is a default because the button down below here, Remove as default, can change it to just an actual Accelerator. That's not the default for translating if you have got something else you would like to use. We can disable it, so it's still on the list, but doesn't appear. Or remove it totally.
And as I mentioned, we can access additional Accelerators from this window too. Here is where we click Find More Accelerators. Now this does open up a new Explorer window, and we are at the Add-ons Gallery under Accelerators. You can see there's quite a few on this page and there are many pages to choose from. So let's just scroll down here, take a look at some of these cool ones and choose how about Google Define, which will look up definitions for us. We will click the Add to Internet Explorer button.
If we click Add, it gets added, but we can also make it the default for definitions by clicking the checkbox so we don't have to go into the Manage window to do that. When we click Add, it becomes our default for getting definitions. So let's close this window, and we will close our Manage window, and come back to lynda.com. Let's just double-click any word here, like competitive. So we got the word selected, we want definitions for this, we can click the Accelerator icon and now we have got a new one here, Define with Google.
As I hover over this, I don't get a real-time preview of this. It's one of those where I have to actually click. It's going to open up a new tab. It's going to display my selected word and you can see Related phrases is well across the top and there is all my definitions down below and where they come from. So when we are done, we click the Close button on the tab to return to our original site. Now, let's go back to Managing. Now sometimes you will want to get rid of Accelerators. If your list is getting too long and there are some that you don't use, you need to know how to manage them.
I like to just select anything on a page, click the Accelerator icon, move down to All Accelerators and click Manage from here. It's the fastest way to get there, and there's my Define with Google. If I want to remove it as the default, it's no longer my default. It's still enabled. You can see the status but it's just not my default. And when I select the text, it becomes available to me. If I want to remove it altogether, I click Remove and I will need to confirm that I'm taking this Accelerator off my list.
And that's how we manage our Accelerators. Click the Close button when you are done. So there you have it. With Accelerators in Internet Explorer, getting the info you need just got faster.
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