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How Can I Configure the History Setting in Internet Explorer?

Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I configure the Days to keep pages in history setting in Internet Explorer?-- AK Hey, AK. To tell you the truth, at first we were a little hesitant about answering this question. Why? Well, we’ve all seen enough TV to know that you aren’t supposed to mess around with history. Remember that episode of Futurama...

How Can I Tell if ActiveX is Enabled in Internet Explorer?

Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I tell if ActiveX is enabled in Internet Explorer?-- JV Hey, JV. You just had to ask this question, didn’t you? Actually, this isn’t a particularly hard question to answer, it’s just a little complicated. But that has to do more with the way Internet Explorer is configured than it does with writing a script...

How Can I Change the Size of the Temporary Internet Files Folder?

Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I change the amount of disk space set aside for Internet Explorer’s temporary files folder?-- AD Hey, AD. The first draft of this column we were able to bang out in no time; after all, it consisted entirely of this: Beats us. But after discussing how valuable an answer like that would be to our customers, and ...

How Can I Switch Between Using a Proxy Server and Not Using a Proxy Server?

Hey, Scripting Guy! At work we need to use a proxy server to connect to the Internet; when I take my laptop home to work, however, I don’t need to use a proxy server. I know I can use the Internet Options in Control Panel to change between using a proxy server and not using a proxy server; is there any way to switch between the two using a...

How Can I Make Internet Explorer Check for a New Version Each Time I Visit a Web Page?

Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I make sure that Internet Explorer 6 checks for a new version on each visit to a Web page?-- MD Hey, MD. In baseball lingo we’d call this a can of corn: a lazy fly ball we couldn’t possibly drop. This is a tricky little question but for some strange reason we just happened to know the answer. Thus a can of ...