10 IE8 Accelerators worth checking out

Internet Explorer 8's Accelerators can greatly expedite all sorts of browser tasks. Here are some you may find particularly useful.

Internet Explorer 8's Accelerators can greatly expedite all sorts of browser tasks. Greg Shultz shares some of the ones he's found most useful.

In the article Go fast on the Web with IE8 Accelerators, I introduced Internet Explorer 8's handy Accelerators feature and showed you how to get the most out of it. Now as a follow-up, I'm going to point you toward some of the best Accelerators for techies. Here are 10 IE8 Accelerators you should definitely take a look at.

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1: Define with Wikipedia

The reliability of Wikipedia content is somewhat controversial, but it's still one of the most popular Web-based encyclopedias on the Internet. With close to 3,000,000 articles, chances are good that you be able to find what you're looking for. That makes the Define with Wikipedia Accelerator (Figure A) an excellent addition to IE8's Accelerators feature.

Figure A

You can access the Define with Wikipedia Accelerator in the Internet Explorer 8 Add-ons Gallery.

2: TechNet Search

As an IT professional, you are always encountering and reading about new technologies on the Web. By employing the TechNet Search Accelerator, you can instantly initiate a search of the TechNet site whenever you come across a Microsoft-related term you're not familiar with or want to learn more about.

3: Find Events by Keyword

The Find Events by Keyword Accelerator works with Community Megaphone, a site created by Microsoft developer evangelist G. Andrew Duthie that's dedicated to the discovery and promotion of developer and IT pro community events. The Accelerator will help you locate local or online events related to the specific technology keyword you select.

4: Youtube Search

When it comes to video on the Internet, YouTube is definitely the number 1 destination for the majority of Web surfers. By installing and using the Youtube Search Accelerator, you can quickly search the vast YouTube archive for videos on the topic in which you are interested.

5: Newegg Search

If you're like the many IT pros who shop for hardware and software at, you'll be interested in the Newegg Search Accelerator. Now, when you're reading a review about a new hardware or software product and wonder how much you would have to pay for it, you can just access the Newegg Search Accelerator (Figure B) and instantly get the answers you need.

Figure B

The Newegg Search Accelerator includes a Preview window, which can show you the site content before you actually proceed to the site.

6: Search

If you do your online shopping at, you'll want to install and use the Search Accelerator to help you make your purchasing decisions.

7: Search on IMDB

Almost everyone who rents movies or watches television has visited the Internet Movie Database to learn more about the movie or program they were watching. With the Search on IMDB Accelerator, it's easy to conduct an IMDB search anytime you see a page that contains an actor's name, a movie title, or a character's name.

8: MSDN Search

If you're a developer, you'll find the MSDN Search Accelerator to be a handy tool. It will help you to quickly find details about Microsoft technologies, such as .NET or code samples, that you encounter on other sites.

9: Digg Accelerator

If you enjoy submitting interesting sites to Digg, you may want to install and use the Digg Accelerator. Unlike the majority of the Accelerators out there, which are designed to function with selected text, the Digg Accelerator is designed to function only with the document or page. When you right-click on the page, you'll see a menu that offers the Digg Accelerator (Figure C).

Figure C

The Digg Accelerator appears on the document's right-click menu.

10: Find with Wayback Machine

Remember an older version of a Web site that contained information that's no longer available on the current version? If you need to track down that information, a trip to the Wayback Machine may be the solution. The Wayback Machine is the name of the Internet Archive, which contains archived versions of Web pages from 1996 to the present. With the Find with Wayback Machine Accelerator, searching the Internet Archive is just a click away. The Find with Wayback Machine is a document and link Accelerator, which means that to access it, you must right-click on a Web page or on a link.

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.


firefox still beats it IE7,8, and will beat 9! you can do all of that with add-ons in firefox! i already use almost the same exact function with my firefox and i also have a really nice them to mine which comes already included with firefox 3.5!

Scott R.
Scott R.

With IE8 being so flaky it's barely releasable code (this from someone that uses it exclusively, but maybe not for long), I'm afraid adding accelerators will only slow things down/compound the issue even further.

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

I gather Newegg and Amazon applies to the US sites only.


So what - your opinion. If it can why are you bothering to express your smugness


After reading this I checked my accelerators and found out that I already had Define with Google Dictionary, well, I also tried Define with Wikipedia nonetheless. In my opinion, Define with Google Dictionary loads faster and it also has link reference to Wikipedia. I kept the default to Define with Google Dictionary then.


I think this is worth finally trying IE8. Been wanting this for some time now.


Change the language in the top right corner to 'UK & Ireland (English)' and then search for Amazon UK. In fact there are more options.... P.S. It really should just be called English - as it is the root of the language

Scott R.
Scott R.

This is an article about IE8, not any other browser.

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