How to use, organize & re-organize Internet Explorer Accelerators

The new Accelerators feature in Internet Explorer help you quickly perform your everyday browsing tasks without navigating to other websites to get things done. Using IE Accelerators you can highlight text and perform such tasks as searching with a specific search engine or look up the dictionary definition for a word.

To use an Accelerator, select the text on which you want to use an accelerator. Click the blue arrow Accelerator button which appears. This will display a list of Accelerators. When you rest your mouse pointer over each Accelerator, you’ll see a preview of the content. If you want details click on the Accelerator to learn more. Watch this Microsoft video to learn more.

IE8 and IE9 come with a set of default Accelerators. You can also add more Accelerators from online list at Microsoft.


When you have selected a new Accelerator to add, click Add. Here you can also make a particular one as your default provider for this Accelerator Category. While you can add many Accelerator to a particular category. You can also make any one as the default in that category.

To manage all your Accelerators, Click Tools > Manage Add-ons > Under Add-on Types, click Accelerators. This will display a list of your current Accelerators.


Here you can change the status of an Accelerator, set or remove as defaults, view its home page, change the category of an Accelerator, add or remove Accelerators, change the postion of the Accelerator in the right click IE context menu and so on.

To change the position of the Accelerator in the right click IE context menu, simply click on Accelerator, identify and select the one you want to move, ensure that it is enabled, set it as Default.

This will help you re-organize the positions of you Accelerators so that the one’s you use more frequently appear first rather than in the All Accelerators option.

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