Did you recently upgrade your Internet Explorer to version 8 and maybe got a little overwhelmed with all the new features? Some of the new features of Microsoft IE8 are great however in my opinion there is to much bloat. It appears that Microsoft has gone a little overboard trying to integrate in all of their MSN Live properties into your desktop. One of the annoying features is the little blue boxes called Internet Explorer Accelerators that pop up every time you highlight something on a web page. Even after uninstalling all of the IE Accelerators a faded out little blue box pops open just to let you know that Accelerators are still available. Below I describe how to completely disable Internet Explorer 8 Accelerators.

Example Internet Explorer 8 Blue Accelerator Icon Pop Up:

Internet Explorer 8: Blue Accelerator Icon Pop Up

Disable IE8 Accelerators And Stop The Small Blue Icon Pop Ups:

  1. Open Internet Explorer 8 Options: Click on Tools in the top navigation bar and select Options from the drop down to open IE8 Options as displayed in the image below.

    Internet Explorer 8: Internet Options

  2. Open IE8 Advanced Options: From the Internet Options configuration window displayed in the above image click the Advanced tab which will display the Advanced Internet Options as shown in the below image.

    IE8: Advanced Internet Options

  3. Disabled IE8 Accelerators: Scroll down to “Display Accelerator button on selection” which is located under the Browsing section of the Advanced Options configuration window. Remove the check from the the box next to the “Display Accelerator button on selection” option. Click the Apply button followed by the OK button to close the Internet Options configuration window.
  4. Verify IE8 Accelerator Button Disabled: Now highlight text on a web page to make sure that the Accelerator button no longer displays as shown in the below image.

    Internet Explorer 8: Blue Accelerator Icon Display Disabled

Now you don’t have to worry about accidently clicking the Accelerator button every time you highlight text on a web page. If you find that Accelerators might be beneficial to you then you can add the check back to the “Display Accelerator button on select” in Advanced Internet Options.


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11 Responses to “Disable Accelerators IE8, Turn Off Accelerators Internet Explorer 8”
  1. Karlsse says:

    i am a firefox user more than an internet explorer user but it seems that Internet explorer 8 is very stable and it its loading time for webpages is faster too.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Karlsse,

    Not that your comment makes a lot of sense especially relating to the disabling of Internet Explorer 8 accelerators but thanks for taking the time to leave feedback. I like FireFox as well but primarily use it for various FireFox addon functionality. My daily driver is now Google’s Chrome because it is so lightweight.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  2. Martin says:

    Thanks very much for this. Microsoft does indeed seem to enjoy the feeling of bloat – just take Word for example where it’s actually quite hard to find the functions you might expect in a word processor hidden as they are amongst the jumble of ill-thought-out menu items and very occasion-specific extras. Accelerators in Internet Explorer are unlikely to be of use to the vast majority of users, so they would be much better suited to the status of a plugin or at least an option which is disabled by default.

    Martin

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Martin,

    No problem at all. I could not agree more about accelerators not being so useful to many users. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  3. Kat says:

    Thank you very much!! I don’t use IE at home but it is used at my workplace. That blue pop-up was driving me nuts :-).

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Kat,

    No problem. Thanks for taking the time to post feedback!

    Thanks.
    alex

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  4. DeAnn says:

    I followed the instructions you gave and was able to turn off the accelerators button but I am still not able to highlite, then copy or cut and paste. The blue highlited area goes back to non highlited as soon as I right click to click on paste. Any ideas?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello DeAnn,

    Did I mention something about copy, cut, or paste in the article?

    Thanks.
    alex

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  5. DeAnn says:

    Hi Alex,

    No you didn’t, but a friend of mine said she followed your instructions and she was able to fix her computer so that she could again copy and/or cut and paste and she sent me your website to follow the instructions. Since I followed the instructions for disabling the accelerators and still can’t copy and/or cut and paste from websites, I thought you might know what is causing the problem.

    Thanks,
    DeAnn

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    alex Reply:

    Hello DeAnn,

    Sorry that is outside the scope of the above article. We only provide support of this nature for customers who we consult for. We write technical articles as a free service for people to use but we don’t have time to support outside of the information we already provide in articles and from time to time a brief push in the right direction if the issue is specifically related to the article.

    Thanks.
    alex

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