Choose Your Java. On
account of legal issues, Microsoft did not
include its Java Virtual Machine (VM) on the
original Windows XP CD-ROM. Instead, it was
treated as an Install on Demand component: The
first time you visited a site with Java code, you
were prompted to get the VM from Microsoft's
site. Microsoft's Java VM is now distributed as
part of Service Pack 1.
If you prefer, download and install Sun's Java
VM from http://java.sun.com/getjava. If both
Microsoft's and Sun's VMs are installed on your
system, you can select which one to use by
opening Internet Explorer's Tools menu and
selecting Internet Options. Then open the
Advanced tab and scroll down to where you see
Java (Sun). Place a check next to Use Java 2 for
Sun's Java VM. Deselect it and Microsoft VM
will be reactivated.
Get The Complete Picture. IE
6 has a new feature that automatically resizes
large images to fit in your browser window. You
expand an image to full size by hovering your
pointer over it and clicking on the button that
appears in the lower-right-hand corner of the
If the shrinking images have you headed for your
shrink, disable the feature. Select Tools on IE's
menu bar and click on the Advanced tab. Scroll
down to the Multimedia options and uncheck
Enable Automatic Image Resizing.
Use The Image Toolbar. When
you hover over an image in IE 6, a new
toolbar pops up in the top-left-hand corner of the
image. The toolbar's buttons save, print, or
e-mail images, and open your My Pictures
folder. The toolbar has an interesting use. You
may have noticed that some sites don't let you
right-click on an image and save it. We don't
condone the theft of images, but you should be
aware that the Image toolbar's Save button isn't
disabled on these sites.
Where Did The Status Bar Go? Some
Windows XP users have noticed that
when they have multiple Internet Explorer
windows open, the Status bar (at the bottom of
the IE screen) appears only in the first window
opened. To make it appear in every IE window,
follow these steps.
Start with one instance of IE. Select View |
Status Bar. Now press Ctrl while clicking the X
in the upper-right-hand corner of the window to
close the application. Next, open My Computer
and select View | Status Bar. Finally, go to Tools
| Folder Options and select the View tab. Click
Apply to all folders, confirm the dialog, and then
close Windows Explorer.
Out, Damned Passport! Out, I Say! When
you first install Windows XP, Microsoft
strongly encourages you to enter Passport
account information. This lets you access
Passport sites and use MSN Messenger without
To delete a Passport account from your system,
follow these steps. If you're not on a domain, go
to Control Panel | User Accounts and select your
user name. On the Related Tasks pane at the left,
select Manage my network passwords. Now
delete the entries that end with (Passport). If you
are on a domain, go to the User Accounts list,
select the Advanced tab and click on Manage
Passwords. Note that these steps don't remove
the Passport account from Microsoft's database.
Save Passwords. If
you're tired of remembering and typing in
passwords for various Web sites, you can let IE
save your passwords automatically (without the
annoying pop-up that asks whether you want to
save each password). In IE 5 and IE 6, select
Tools | Internet Options and go to the Content
tab. Then click AutoComplete and uncheck
Prompt me to save passwords.
Clear Your Passwords. If
you use AutoComplete, you can easily remove
saved passwords and information that you may
have entered into forms (such as your credit card
number). On Internet Explorer's Tools menu,
select Internet Options and open the Content
tab. Click AutoComplete and you will be offered
the choices to Clear Forms and Clear
Use Shortcuts. Knowing
some handy shortcuts can save you
time and keystrokes when browsing the Web.
Alt-D: Jump to the Address bar.
Alt-: Go to the previous page.
Alt-Home: Go to your default home page.
Ctrl-I: Open your Favorites.
F5: Refresh the current page.
Ctrl-Enter: Add http://www. and .com to a
URL. For example, type pcmag and press
Ctrl-Enter: IE changes it to
http://www.pcmag.com and takes you to the site.
Internet Connection Firewall. Microsoft
added a firewall to Windows XP
called Internet Connection Firewall (ICF). To
enable it, go to Control Panel | Network
Connections and right-click on a connection
name. Select Properties, then click on the
Advanced tab for each of your connections, and
enable Protect my computer and network by
limiting or preventing access to this computer
from the Internet. Unfortunately, ICF doesn't
provide nearly as much protection as tools like
Symantec's Norton Internet Security. ICF
examines only inbound network traffic; it can't
control programs on your system that are sending
information out to the Internet.
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