Internet Explorer

Includes Pocket Internet Explorer plug-ins.

My small gift to all of you WM2003(SE) users: great Web browser Opera Mini 5!

During the testing of the native Windows Mobile version of the current Opera Mini 5 beta (see THIS for more info), I've routinely tested it on my old, WM2003-only iPAQ 2210 Pocket PC.


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Use the Internet Explorer Home Page

Microsoft made a customized Home Page for Internet Explorer on Windows Mobile devices that featured a search bar and a drop-down list for Favorites and History. Some of the newer devices come set up with a default carrier version of the Home Page which may not be as useful as Microsoft’s. If you want to set up your device to use Microsoft’s Home Page, do the following (for touch screen devices):

Personalize your Home Page in Internet Explorer Mobile

In WM Standard and Professional, you have the option of changing your Home Page in Internet Explorer to either the default or one that you specify. In Internet Explorer, go Menu >Tools >Options >(WM Standard): Home Page. You can then pick from Default or Custom (WM Professional: Navigate to the page you want to set as your Home Page and then tap on Use Current in the Home Page menu).

Create your own mobile blog

Suzanne Ross from Microsoft explains how you can create your own "moblog" using the built-in Outlook programs and Internet Explorer. Click here for the article.

Activate Internet Explorer “High Resolution” mode for better viewing

If your touch screen device has a VGA display and is running Windows Mobile 6 Professional, you can use High Resolution mode in Internet Explorer for a better viewing experience. This increases the amount of Web content you can see on your screen by compacting the text, graphics, and pictures while still maintaining (if not improving) clarity. To do this, open Internet Explorer Mobile and select Menu >View >Use High Resolution.

Hiding Internet Explorer vertical scrollbars

Werner Ruotsalainen recommends Internet Explorer plug-ins to hide vertical scrollbars, such as MultiIE or PIEPlus. Click here for the article.

Change the navigation pad scrolling behavior in Internet Explorer

You may notice that in Internet Explorer, if you use the navigation pad to scroll around on a Web page, the links will be highlighted instead of the entire page being scrolled. Werner Ruotsalainen discusses how to change this, from using registry editors to using third-party Web browsers. Click here for the article.

Copy your Internet Explorer Favorites list from your PC to your device

If you want your Windows Mobile device to have the same Favorites list as the one found in Internet Explorer on your PC, all you have to do is copy them from your PC to your device via ActiveSync.
  1. Connect your device to your PC, open the ActiveSync window on the PC, and click on the Explore icon.
  2. In Explore, navigate to the “C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Favorites” folder on your PC.
  3. Select and copy the sites that you want to appear as Favorites on your device.
  4. In Explore, navigate to the

Change the text size on a Web page

The WM 6 version of IE Mobile also has the ability to change the size of the text displayed on a Web page. In addition, internal changes to Internet Explorer Mobile enable faster Web page and file downloading, better image rendering, and better support for Web pages designed for more recent versions of Web browsers.

Make Internet Explorer Mobile work with more sites

You’re having fun surfing the Web with your Windows Mobile device, but you find that you can’t access some of the sites that you’re used to visiting on your desktop PC. Why not? Most likely, these sites are checking for the browser version and are turning you away if you have a version of Internet Explorer that is earlier then 4.0.

Speed up Web browsing and save money by disabling image downloads

If you are using a phone-enabled device and find that Web sites are taking a long time to load, you can make your browsing experience faster by disabling picture downloads.

How to save Web images on WM 5 and 6 touch screen devices

On Windows Mobile 5 and 6 touch screen devices you can save images displayed in Internet Explorer Mobile by tapping and holding an image and selecting “Save Image” from the pop-up menu. If a thumbnail of the image is displayed on the Web page, tap on or select the image to see if you can get it to display larger and then save it.

How to save Web images on pre-WM 5 Pocket PCs and non-touch screen smartphones

Viewed Web images are automatically saved in one of the sub-folders found in the \Windows\Profiles\Guest\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5 folder. Use File Explorer or File Manager to find them. Then copy them elsewhere and rename them as necessary.

Change the system registry using Tweaks2k2

The system registry is a file that contains the settings, options, and other information about your Windows Mobile device. For example, whenever you install a third-party application, information is added to the registry, telling the system where the program file is stored, what document files are associated with it, and more.

How to make viewing Web pages easier

The smaller screens on touch screen devices and non-touch screen smartphones can make Web browsing a bit difficult. Use the Menu >View options to adjust the screen text size and to choose whether you want pictures to load or not.

How to send a Web link via e-mail

E-mail a Web link to a friend using Internet Explorer Mobile by going to Menu >Tools >Send Link via E-mail (or “Send Link…”).

How to keep Internet Explorer secure

You can delete and disallow cookies and adjust your security settings in Internet Explorer Mobile from the Menu >Tools >Options >Security page (non-touch screen smartphones: Menu >Tools >Options).

How to use the History list to go to sites you've visited before

The History list in Internet Explorer Mobile keeps track of the sites you’ve visited in the past. To go back to a site, tap it in the History list.

How to delete temporary Internet files, Cookies, and History

If you frequently use Internet Explorer, your temporary Internet files, Cookies, and History can build up quickly. Be sure to empty these folders from time to time to free up storage space on your device.
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