Extending Internet Explorer’s Capabilities Using Accelerators

Internet Explorer 10 is a popular tool for web browsing, and has a fair number of features on its own. But you may not know you can extend its capabilities using what are known as “Accelerators”.

Accelerators send information to a trusted online service that will help you accomplish a task. For instance, the Bing Translator Accelerator (which we’ll explain below) sends text to Microsoft’s online translation service, which translates the text and sends it back to your browser.

For Windows 8 users, we should note that Accelerators only work in the Desktop version of IE10, not the Windows Store App version.

In addition to the already present Accelerators, you can also install and access other Accelerators that suit your needs. You can find Accelerators to install on the Internet Explorer Add-ons site.

Using Accelerators

Some Accelerators show a window. Others open another tab, where you can finish your desired action on another website. For instance, the Blogger accelerator lets you take a quote text from a website and post it on your Blogger blog, along with a link it to the source website. This can help you easily express your opinion on something you’ve seen written.

To use most Accelerators:

1. [Click] and [Drag] to select some text.

2. [Click] . Or, [Right Click] your selection.

3. Choose a visible Accelerator, or choose ALL ACCELERATORS then one of the listed Accelerators.

Note: If a favorite Accelerator is in ALL ACCELERATORS, and you don’t want to have to go to that menu, you can add it to the defaults for easier access. Choose , MANAGE ADDONS. Under ADD-ON TYPES, [Click] ACCELERATORS. Choose an Accelerator, [Click] SET AS DEFAULT, then CLOSE.

In the next section, we’ll cover how to use the Bing Translate Accelerator as an example of how to use an Accelerator.

Using the Bing Translate Accelerator

The Bing Translate Accelerator is installed in IE10 by default to help you translate sections of text.

To translate text using Bing Translate Accelerator:

1. Select the text you want translated.

2. [Click] . Or, [Right Click] your selection.

3. For a quick translation, [Hover] over TRANSLATE WITH BING. This shows a dialog containing the text to be translated.

4. If necessary, change the source language on the left box by [Clicking] the language and choosing one from the dropdown.

5. Choose a language to translate to on the right box. The translated text will appear in the text box.

To switch between the translate to and from languages, [Click] .

Note: For more options, [Click] TRANSLATE WITH BING, which will send you to the Microsoft Translator website, where you will have other options such as translating the entire website, hearing the translation, and emailing a translation.

Installing New Accelerators

You can install a wide range of Accelerators from Microsoft and other software developers.

1. Choose , MANAGE ADDONS.

2. Under ADD-ON TYPES, [Click] ACCELERATORS.

3. [Click] FIND MORE ACCELERATORS. This opens the Internet Explorer Gallery of Add-ons in a new browser window.

4. [Click] an Accelerator you want to install, then [Click] .

5. If prompted, click ADD to make sure that you want to add this Accelerator.

Disabling and Removing Accelerators

You can disable Accelerators so they don’t appear . You may want to do this if you have a lot of Accelerators installed.

Removing an Accelerator is equivalent to uninstalling it. You may want to remove an Accelerator if you cannot foresee using it again. To get it back, you would have to reinstall it.

To disable or remove an accelerator:

1. Choose , MANAGE ADDONS.

2. Under ADD-ON TYPES, [Click] ACCELERATORS.

3. [Click] an Accelerator.

4. [Click] DISABLE or REMOVE.

5. [Click] CLOSE.

We hope you can make the most of the browser-extending capabilities of Internet Explorer Accelerators, which can make IE 10 a more productive and personalized experience.

Do you have any favorite Accelerators for use with Internet Explorer 10? Please let us know how you use them in the comments!

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