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Troubleshoot and Manage Addons in Internet Explorer 8

A good way to get more functionality out of Internet Explorer is to install Add-ons.  Today we take a look at how to manage them and also determine if they are causing Internet Explorer 8 to launch slowly. 

Managing Add-ons

To start managing your IE Add-ons click on Tools and go to Manage Add-ons.

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The Manage Add-on screen opens and from here you can do several things like view the Add-ons installed, their status, version, load time and more.

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Narrow down the information about different Add-ons based on their type.

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There the ability to search for more information about each Add-on.

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To make navigation easier they can be easily sorted according do different criteria.

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On the lower left side of the Manage Add-ons window click on the link which takes you to the IE 8 Add-ons Gallery.

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Troubleshoot Slow Load Times

If Internet Explorer 8 starts to load more slowly than normal this is a good place to determine why. You can view how much time is taking to load under the Load time column.

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If you find one is taking more than an appropriate amount of time to load you can disable it. 

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Sometimes other Add-on features won’t work if it one is disabled and you and can cancel the operation if you want.

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Disabling an Add-on is only temporary and you can easily re-enable one by going back into the list and Right-click Enable.

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If you haven’t upgraded to Internet Explorer 8 yet, it is included with Windows 7 and this should help you out in managing its Add-ons feature.

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Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 09/8/09

Comments (8)

  1. Phil

    What if I want to completely uninstall browser add-ins? Can I only disable them, or is there a way to completely remove them? I hate to think they just keep collecting in there, taking up valuable space.

  2. David

    In IE 7 there is an option to uninstall an Add-on but I can’t seem to find such an option in IE 8, Do you know if there is a way to uninstall an Add-on in IE 8?

  3. Mysticgeek

    @Phil:

    Disabling an Add-on is only temporary and you can easily re-enable one by going back into the list and Right-click Enable.

  4. FrustratedUser

    how do i stop ie8 ad on manager window from opening every time I open the IE8 browser. Its driving me nuts!

  5. potenz

    I have recent clean install XP SP3 and initially had no problems with IE8 + updates. I now have identical problem but as yet, no solution.

  6. MS

    boy is this add-on manager a piece of $3%@3
    Not only does Microsoft make using a computer confusing it makes it down right annoying.
    Can’t imagine telling anyone to use IE8 on XP.
    Maybe that’s the idea..

  7. LorRae Crubaugh

    Thank you! I don’t know how to do stuff like this. I couldn’t have figured it out on my own!

  8. Jo Ann Sexton

    I had already reset IE8. The addons should help. I hate Bing. It drives me crazy. Now I can disable it. Thanks for the pics to walk me through.

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