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Windows XP Power Hound by Preston Gralla

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Customizing Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer is by far the most popular browser on the planet. But just because a lot of people use it, that doesn't mean everyone knows how to get the most out of it. This section gives you tips on making your browser work the way you want.

Browser Windows the Size You Want

Internet Explorer has the unfortunate habit of opening at odd sizes—sometimes short and squat, sometimes long and narrow, sometimes too big, and sometimes too small. The same thing may happen when you open a link in a new window—the size may not be exactly what you want, so you have to waste time resizing the window yourself. Before you do that dance again, read on: You can force Internet Explorer to open whatever size window you prefer.

First, close all Internet Explorer windows you have open on your desktop, and then re-launch your browser. Right-click any link and choose "Open in New Window." Make the new window your ideal size by dragging its sides (mouse over the window edge until you see the double-headed arrow, then drag). When you have the window just right, hold down the Shift key and click the X icon in the top-right corner to close it. Resize and close the original Internet Explorer window that remains.

The next time you open your browser, you won't have to tug and pull corners: Explorer should open at exactly the size you want.

Note

You may need to remind Explorer of your preference from time to time by going through this process again.

Rolling Your Own Toolbar

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