Quickly start IE in no add-ons mode

No add-ons mode is a way of running Internet Explorer so that toolbars, ActiveX controls and other add-ons can’t execute. This is not only a safer way of running IE but also a helpful way of troubleshooting problems, for example when a flakey add-on is causing IE to hang or crash. Of course, there’s also some reduced functionality when you run IE in no add-ons mode, but that’s just your usual tradeoff between functionality and security.

If you frequently find yourself needing to launch IE in no add-ons mode, try this:

  1. Open IE and type about:NoAdd-ons in the address bar.
  2. Press ENTER.
  3. Drag the IE icon on the address bar onto your favorites bar to create a shortcut named NoAdd-ons.

Now anytime you want to run IE in no add-ons mode, just open IE and click the NoAdd-ons shortcut on your Favorites bar.

The above tip was previously published in an issue of WServerNews, a weekly newsletter from TechGenix that focuses on the administration, management and security of the Windows Server platform in particular and cloud solutions in general. Subscribe to WServerNews today by going to http://www.wservernews.com/subscribe.htm and join almost 100,000 other IT professionals around the world who read our newsletter!

Mitch Tulloch is a twelve-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud computing technologies.  Mitch is also Senior Editor of WServerNews. For more information about him see http://www.mtit.com.


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