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Web Accessories This kit contains eight terrific utilities that let you zoom in and out on any image, highlight text, do custom searches, and much, much more.

Note: These accessories from Microsoft are marked for IE 5 only, however they work just fine in IE 6 with a small exception (see below)

Power Tweaks 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.

Web Developers 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.

Toolbar Wallpaper Turn the Internet Explorer toolbar into a work of art! Run the download, close Internet Explorer, then start it up again. Choose Toolbar Wallpaper from the Tools menu and pick your wallpaper!


There is a small glitch in the Zoom In/Out function, mainly when you view an image in IE that is undefined in size the Zoom In\Out becomes distorted. Download a corrected version. Replace the originals in Windows\Web folder. [fixzoom.zip]

[Exception 2] The Image List option also has a small glitch, when you select the Image List from the right-click menu the page appears but it's blank. As a workaround press F5 or select: Refresh, the page will produce the Image List.

Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar (Beta) - many of the above features has now been incorporated into this new Toolbar. In my testing this Toolbar works great, although it is mostly intended for website developers.

Power Toys for Windows

TIFF Image Viewer

AlternaTIFF is a web browser add-on (ActiveX control or plug-in) that displays most of the common types of TIFF files. It works in most web browsers for Windows 95 or higher (98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP).

Cannot Open a Tagged Information File Format (TIFF) File in Internet Explorer

Tune your ClearType settings

ClearType can dramatically improve the appearance of your onscreen display. However some video adapters need a little fine tuning. You can use the Microsoft ClearType Turner to adjust this.
Editors Note: XP users can download the ClearType Tuner PowerToy

Tweakomatic (advanced users)

The Tweakomatic is a nifty new utility that writes scripts that allow you to retrieve and/or configure Windows and Internet Explorer settings. (Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP)

Spell Checker for Internet Explorer

ieSpell is a free Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes.
Editors Note: has an option to integrate the database from other spell checkers.

Agent Ransack (freeware) File searching software
This is not a replacement to Microsoft's built-in Search Utility, it's just much faster!


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