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Disable Add-Ons to Speed Up Browsing in Internet Explorer 9


We’ve shown you how to enhance Internet Explorer with add-ons, similar to Firefox and Chrome. However, too many add-ons can slow down Internet Explorer and even cause it to crash. However, you can easily disable some or all add-ons.

To begin, activate the Command bar, if it’s not already available. Right-click on an empty area of the tab bar and select Command bar from the popup menu.


Click the Tools button on the Command bar and select Toolbars | Disable add-ons from the popup menu.


The Choose Add-ons dialog box displays. The time each enabled add-on takes to load when Internet Explorer loads displays. To disable a specific add-on, click Disable to the right of the add-on name. You can also disable all add-ons by clicking Disable All at the bottom of the dialog box.


If you don’t want to disable the add-ons, you can tell Internet Explorer to tell you when the delay caused by the add-ons exceeds a certain amount of seconds. Select a value from the popup menu. Click Done to close the dialog box.


If you decide to enable the add-ons again, click Tools on the Command bar and then select Toolbars | Manage add-ons.


The Manage Add-ons dialog box displays. The different types of add-ons are listed on the left. Click a type to display the installed add-ons of that type. To enable a disabled add-on, click on the add-on in the list on the left and click Enable.


You may see the following dialog box if the add-on you are enabling have other related add-ons. Click Enable.


Remember that the more add-ons you install, the more unstable IE becomes and the more likely it may crash. Now you can control which add-ons are enabled at any one time.

Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 05/31/12

Comments (3)

  1. Midnight

    Better still don’t use Internet Exploder, but Firefox instead, as it’s way faster and has nowhere near as many Bugs as IE!!
    Microsoft still hasn’t learned to fix ActiveX, which is the cause of many problems with it’s Browser!

  2. spike

    Midnight: maybe you should disable some addons in “internet exploder” to make it run faster :-)
    I have Waterfox, a ‘fast 64 bit’ version of Firefox, and IE9 definitely outperforms it in speed, although I like Waterfox better.

  3. Romberry

    @Midnight: I think you’re repeating things that used to be true and which despite the perception that they are still true, aren’t. IE9 is pretty slick. I browse using Chrome and Firefox, but IE9 is a decent browser, no two ways about it.

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