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+