Temporary internet files refer to a directory on Microsoft computer systems that stores cache files from Internet Explorer and other web browsers. In this browsing data like images, videos, flash content are stored. This allows the web pages to reload faster as the computer just needs to load the changed content as opposed to the entire web page. The files downloaded with each web page include HTML files, Java scripts and CSS files.
Unlike cookies, temporary internet files are located separately in the hard drive. Not only can the space reserved for them be cleared but the location of these files can be changed as well. The files can additionally be sorted by file name, their Internet Address, file type and size along with various dates of their inclusion. These temporary files need to be manually cleared to improve the computer’s performance and clear the unwanted disk space. To locate these files and manually clear them, check out the following steps.
Step 1: Open internet explorer/ Windows control panel. Go to the Tools menu and select the Internet options from the menu. If you select Windows control panel, then you need to select Internet Options list item.
Step 2: Select the General tab and under the browsing history section, select the “Settings” button.
Step 3: This reveals the Temporary Internet Settings window and select “View Files”. This displays all the temporary internet files in a new window which you can now view along with the URL from where they were stored. You can now start deleting the files or use automatic tools for clearing the data from the computer and free precious hard disk space.
In addition to this tool for manual deleting of files, you can also automatically clear data in these files using automatic tools such as CCleaner.
While the default browser for Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8 may not be the best of the browsers, it is still equipped with a number of interesting features. One of the key features of Internet Explorer is the presence of Accelerators. While the traditional method of performing online tasks such as mapping an address, emailing, blogging, social networking or translating a word can be a time consuming and tedious tasks, Accelerators provide a short cut to your day to day functions. You no longer need to navigate to other websites for routine activities. In fact there is no dearth of activities that you can speed up using this tool.
For example if you need to map an address found on a web page using this tool, you simply need to select the address and click on the blue Accelerator icon displayed next to your selection. Select the option “Map with Live Search” as your default accelerator for mapping addresses. So with a single click of the accelerator icon you can have your address mapped. Although this tool is not made available for Google maps, you can add your Yahoo local search to the list of Accelerators.
While mapping addresses is one of the tasks that can be performed easily with Accelerators, it is certainly not the only one. In fact you can add a whole lot of tasks to be accelerated with a single click. To include Accelerators, select “Tools” and click on Manage Add-ons. Select the Accelerators tab and then right click on All Accelerators. Select Manage Accelerators to change the default Accelerator and add new ones by opting for the “Find More Accelerators” option. Visit the Internet Explorer Gallery to customize the browser with a lot more Accelerators from sites such as eBay, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Amazon, Facebook, and others. Similar to Add-ons like Toolbars and Extensions or In-Private Filtering Accelerators can be easily managed.