Don’t know about you, but there is one particular thing that annoys me big time. That’s a slow and unresponsive browser. I just hate it when the browser takes ages to load a page even on a high-speed fiber optic connection or worse - freezes on me. I’m sure you hate it as much as I do. Thankfully, it is possible to make your Web browser faster and more responsive with a handful of simple tweaks.Internet Explorer
To tell you the truth, I was so annoyed with Internet Explorer that I had to ditch it long ago and start using Mozilla Firefox as my default browser. However, I still use Internet Explorer for websites that don’t work with Firefox or Chrome very well (yes, there still are lame sites like that). Thankfully, the newer versions of IE are better than the previous ones, and they can be tweaked and customized for better performance and usability. So, let’s start tweaking!
Set your homepage to blank
If you don’t always use a specific page when you open your browser,
it’s best to set it to blank. This will ensure that your browser snaps open. To
change your homepage, go to Tools – Internet Options, find the
item that refers to Homepage and select Use blank.
Manage your cache
Just like any other browser, Internet Explorer makes heavy use of the cache. The cache is where your browser stores Temporary Internet Files. These files get downloaded to your computer when you visit Web pages and are supposed to speed up browsing whenever you visit the same website in the future. Anyway, that’s the theory. The reality is a bit harsher. While the cache is designed to speed up browsing, it can actually do quite the opposite and slow down Internet Explorer. On top of that, a bloated cache can take up tons of your disk space, which will decrease overall computer performance.
I’ve already described how to clean the cache in the PC cleanup chapter but here is a quick reminder:
You can also configure Internet Explorer to delete Temporary Internet Files automatically every time you close the browser. This handy option is very easily enabled:
Decrease the size of your cache
By default, your Internet Explorer cache is too large. Decreasing its size will help you speed up your browser. Here is how it’s done:
Speed up your email client
Do you use an email client, such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird? If you do, then you know how slow and unresponsive it can become. This usually happens because the email files (like Outlook PST files) get bloated and start taking up too much space. Fortunately, it’s easy enough to make your email client faster and more responsive.
The easiest way to decrease your PST file is to clear the Deleted Items folder (Trash in Thunderbird). To do that, simply right-click on the Deleted Items folder in Outlook or the Trash folder in Thunderbird and select the relevant option. Alternatively you could open the Deleted Items folder, press Ctrl+A to highlight all messages and then press Del to delete them.
Another, and more efficient, way to speed up your email client is to compact some folders. Compacting data files will free up tons of space and make your email client work faster as a consequence. Here is how it’s done:
Microsoft Outlook:Click the File tab on the Ribbon, then click on Info in the menu on the left-hand side of the window Click Account Settings, then Account Settings again to open the “Account Settings” dialog box
Thunderbird makes it really easy to compact your mail folders. All you need to do is open Thunderbird, click on File and then select Compact Folders.
Limit reservable bandwidth
And last but not least, a simple trick to speed up your overall Internet connection:
We’ve covered lots more Internet Explorer and Firefox speedup tips in our ebook “Turbo Windows – the Ultimate PC Speed Up Guide”. Download it for FREE now!