Manage add ons in Internet Explorer


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It may come as a surprise, but Internet Explorer also had add ons, just like Firefox. There are, of course, thousands more add ons for Firefox than for IE, but they still exist! You can enable, disable, add or delete add ons in IE by using the Manage add ons dialog box.

I’ll explain how to get to the manage add ons screen in IE and also point out how you can start IE without any add ons in case there is one that is causing IE to constantly crash or not load at all.

First open IE, click on the Tools menu item and then choose Internet Options. In IE 7, you may have to press the ALT key to see the menu items.

tools internet options

Now click on the Programs tab and you should see a Manage add-ons button at the very bottom.

manage add ons

You’ll now see a list of all the add-ons that have been used by Internet Explorer and their current status, enabled or disabled.

ie manage add ons

If you want to disable an add-on, just select it from the list and choose disable at the bottom.

disable add on

You’ll also see at the bottom a link to download more add ons for Internet Explorer. You can just check out the IEAddOns site to download new ones like PicLens, which is a cool plugin I had written about earlier.

Finally, if you can’t even open Internet Explorer because of some conflict with an add-on, you can start IE without any add-ons. Here’s how to do it. Simple right-click on the IE icon on your desktop and choose Start without add-ons.

ie start without add ons

Pretty simple! So hopefully, if you are having any issues with your IE add-ons, you can either disable or delete them using the above steps. Enjoy!