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Web Accessories

By: Arie Slob

Microsoft has released a bunch off cool add-ons for Internet Explorer 5, called Web Accessories:

  • Explorer Bars

    Explorer Bars integrate into the browser with a customized set of tools. Currently there are three choices:

    1. Alexa

      Alexa, the free award-winning Web navigation service. Alexa integrates seamlessly into the bottom of your Internet Explorer browser and updates with site-specific information as you surf. Navigate the Web faster with related links for each page, and make smarter decisions about the value of each site you visit with site statistics, site reviews, contact information, related news, and more. Download the Alexa Explorer bar

    2. Alta Vista

      The customizable AV Tracker explorer bar gives you instant access to Alta Vista Search, news, sports, weather, and stocks. AV Translation makes translating web pages into five major languages as easy as a mouse-click. Bring the full power of AltaVista to your Internet Explorer 5 and download AV Power Tools [119KB]

    3. Bloomberg

      The Bloomberg Explorer Bar provides customers with easy access to stock quotes and business news from the Bloomberg Web site while you browse the web. The Bloomberg Website draws select content from the Bloomberg service, a 24-hour-a-day, real-time information network, and Bloomberg's host of media products to provide high-quality, up-to-the-minute news and information. Download the Bloomberg Explorer bar [106KB]

  • Web Accessories from Microsoft

    • Open Frame in New Window

      Tired of HTML frames boxing you in? Ever wish you could see a page without all those annoying sidebars? Now you can! Just right-click anywhere in the frame you're interested in, and select Open in New Frame

    • Quick Search

      This Web Accessory lets you reach the search engines of your choice faster than ever. For example, typing "av InfiniSorce" into the address bar launches a search with Alta Vista on the keyword "InfiniSource"

    • Zoom In/Zoom Out

      Get up close and personal. This Web Accessory lets you zoom in and out of any image on a Web page. Just right-click on it and select Zoom In or Zoom Out

    • Image Toggler

      Now you can turn off images for extra speed, and turn them back on again, even more quickly and easily. Simply look for Toggle Images in the Links bar and click it

    • Text Highlighter

      This Web Accessory lets you highlight text in a document just like you would in Microsoft Word. It's easy. Select your text, then right-click and choose Highlight. This tool is very useful for reading long documents

    • Web Search

      Here's another tool for searching faster than ever. With this Web Accessory you can select keywords on a Web page, right-click, and choose Web Search. Your selected words go directly to a default search engine

    • Links List

      Ever wish you could see all the links on a page? Just right-click anywhere and select Links Lists, and you'll get a new window with every link on the page in a convenient list format. Then just click any link to navigate

    • Image List

      Finding out what images sizes are and how long they take to download at various connection speeds has never been easier. This tool will also display all the images on a web page in a separate window and display the file size and the size in pixels. This is a must have for Web Developers

  • Internet Explorer 5 Toolbar Wallpaper

    Turn the Internet Explorer toolbar into a work of art! Run the download [170KB], close Internet Explorer, then start it up again. Choose Toolbar Wallpaper from the Tools menu and pick your wallpaper! This accessory is not supported by Microsoft

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 Power Tweaks Web Accessories

    This pack of Web Accessories is designed to make your life easier. It adds an Offline/Online button to your toolbar that's especially useful for notebook computer users. Restriction commands right in the tools menu help you set sites as trusted or restricted without having to wade through the control panel to find the controls. Finally, with a right click of the mouse you can copy a URL right into the clipboard so you can paste locations in e-mail or any document. Not supported by Microsoft. download [126KB]

  • Microsoft Web Developer Accessories

    These two tools help the web developer or those who are just curious about how pages are coded. The DOM tree tool lets you view all the Document Object Model properties in tree form via right click or the tools menu. And for those who are tired of scrolling through hundreds of lines of HTML to find that one section of code that does what you want, search no more! Simply highlight the area of Web page that you want to see the source for, right click on it and select "View Partial Source." It's that simple! Not supported by Microsoft. download [113KB]

Sometimes when you right-click a Web page containing images, and you select Images List, the list of images may not be displayed in the Images List window.

Microsoft has confirmed that this problem can occur if the Web page uses a background image. No fix or workaround is currently available.