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Boost productivity with “accelerators” in Internet Explorer 9

Save time and increase productivity by knowing the tricks of Internet Explorer 9 by using accelerators.

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IE9 giving browsers a run for their money

Many tech-savvy business professionals today will tell you that when there’s a choice between Firefox and Internet Explorer, always choose Firefox. This is because Internet Explorer is sometimes seen as outdated and doesn’t have as many useful features as Firefox. But Internet Explorer is giving Firefox a run for its money with the accelerators feature for IE9.

What are IE9 Accelerators?

IE9 accelerators are easy-to-use add-ons that “accelerate” your web browsing experience. They make it easier to complete common tasks without having to open new tabs and never leaving your current page, so you can continue with your work without wasting time. IE9 Accelerators streamline your Internet Explorer experience by providing accelerators to help you get things done, and quickly.

Available Accelerators

The newest version of Internet Explorer— IE9—comes with a few default accelerators to get you started. These include mapping an address quickly or even looking up a definition for industry jargon that you may not be familiar with. Other accelerators include translating a selected portion of text, searching a phrase on Bing, and even emailing content through Windows Live with only just a few clicks of the mouse.

How To Use the Accelerators

Using the accelerators is easy. If you want to translate a portion of the text, for instance, you just have to highlight it and right click. You’ll see your accelerator options. All you have to do is hover over the correct accelerator and you’ll see a preview box of what it will look like. Oftentimes, this is all you need to do to get the information you need. This works for looking up definitions and mapping locations, too. If you decide you’d like to open a new tab with an accelerator, that’s an option also. You would simply click on the accelerator you want to use and it will open it up for you quickly.

While you’ll have access to the default accelerators from the very beginning, you’re not limited to just those. You can right click on any selected text and choose the “All Accelerators” option. This will bring up an extensive list of your accelerating options, making your personal and professional lives that much easier.

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The IE9 accelerators are just one more weapon for your professional arsenal. It will save you time and increase your productivity, as all your regular actions are just a right-click away. Even if you’re not an avid Internet Explorer user, it may be worth a brief switch just to try it out. Maybe this is the productivity secret you’ve been looking for.

Written By

The American Genius Staff Writer: Charlene Jimenez earned her Master's Degree in Arts and Culture with a Creative Writing concentration from the University of Denver after earning her Bachelor's Degree in English from Brigham Young University in Idaho. Jimenez's column is dedicated to business and technology tips, trends and best practices for entrepreneurs and small business professionals.



  1. Roland Estrada

    June 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I always find AG’s IE articles amusing. Someone is always trying to give voice to an increasingly irrelevant browser. The stats are proof positive on that point. I think all the annoyances are not worth whatever tie-ins there are to the Windows ecosystem. People use Chrome, Firefox and Safari because these browsers just get out of your way and let you work and play.
    Part of the reason IE is still around is because of users who will never change and users that are stuck using it because of lazy developers that won’t write for anything other than IE. It certainly isn’t because of the fabulous UI or user experience. Too bad people choose to wallow in mediocrity.  

  2. Jack Cassedy

    June 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Here is how you can boost your productivity with Internet Explorer. Step 1 – Download Google Chrome. Step 2 – Install Google Chrome. Step 3 – Profit.

    • Roland Estrada

      June 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm

       @Ann Arbor Real Estate I’m glad I’m not alone on this. I just don’t get this irrational need to hang on to Internet Explorer. 

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