Configuring Accelerators

Accelerators are an Internet Explorer 8 innovation designed to save you keystrokes, mouse clicks, and context switching. When you select text on a webpage, the browser assumes you want to do something with that text and comes to your aid. In response to any selection, a blue button with an arrow pointing northeast appears:

If you click the blue arrow, Internet Explorer displays a list of default accelerators for each of several categories. You might, for example, see an accelerator that will transfer your text directly to an e-mail program, another that will offer to translate the text, and so on. As Figure 6-12 shows, some accelerators offer preview capability, allowing you to use your selected text without leaving the current webpage.

Figure 6-12 Some accelerators can let you see a preview of their work without making you leave the current webpage.

Other accelerators, such as those in the Search Providers category, open a new tab with your selected text already pasted and ready to go .

The menu that pops up when you click the Accelerators button lists only default accelerators . If you have others, you can choose All Accelerators to see and use them:

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Figure 6-12 Some accelerators can let you see a preview of their work without making you leave the current webpage.

You can also click Manage Accelerators to change category defaults or to remove or disable accelerators .

The All Accelerators fly-out menu shown in the preceding illustration also includes a Find More Accelerators command, which transports you to the Accelerators page of the Internet Explorer 8 Add-ons Gallery. Here you will find an ever-growing assortment of accelerating options

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