Figure 7-13. The Status bar in Internet Explorer
The filtering status indicator specifies the filtering status as it relates to the currently accessed site or page. When you are accessing a website that contains content from another provider, such as a news article, a map or an advertisement, some information about your visit is sent to the provider. As you visit other websites that contains content from the same provider, the provider can build a profile of your web browsing patterns. If you don't want information about your visit shared with a provider, you can block your information from being shared. However, this could cause some of the content on websites you visit to be unavailable. To manage filtering, click the filtering icon and then:
• Select Off to turn filtering off and allow your information to be shared.
• Select Automatically Block to turn filtering on and prevent your information from being shared.
• Select Choose Content to Block to be able to selectively block information sharing.
• Select Settings to configure the filtering state and other options.
When you've enabled blocking either selectively or completely, moving the pointer over the filtering status indicator displays a tooltip that specifies whether any content is being blocked.
The Internet security indicator specifies the current security zone and mode that Internet Explorer is using. Internet Explorer has separate security zones for Internet, Local Intranet, Trusted Sites, and Restricted Sites. When accessing sites in the Internet zone, Internet Explorer uses Protected Mode by default.
The View Magnifier icon shows the current Zoom setting. If you click the option button to the right of this icon, you can use Zoom settings to shrink or expand the textual and graphical contents of a web page. Shrink the page by selecting a zoom size smaller than 100 percent. Expand the page by selecting a zoom size larger than 100 percent.
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