Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) Preloads Websites Content in Background to Optimize Performance

Almost all of us know that Microsoft is currently working on the next Windows version i.e. Windows 8.1 which is an update for Windows 8 and Windows RT. Rumors are coming that Microsoft has finalized Windows 8.1 development and the RTM build of Windows 8.1 has been compiled and is ready to deliver to OEM partners. But these are only rumors, nothing is official at the moment.

Currently only a free Preview version of Windows 8.1 is available for download. You can download it and read more about it at following link:

Download Windows 8.1 Free Preview

Windows 8.1 comes with Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) which is also under development. Windows 8.1 final version will come with IE11 installed and IE11 will also be available for download for Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems.

Internet Explorer 11 comes with many new features and improvements such as support for up to 100 tabs per window, improved favorites feature, etc. There are also a few interesting additions to IE11 which are not known to many people.

Today in this topic, we are going to talk about an interesting and new feature present in Internet Explorer 11 which might become useful to many IE users.

Internet Explorer 11 comes with a new feature which is called "Preload websites". Internet Explorer 11 preloads websites content in background for optimized performance. Actually most of the people have similar habits to click on first link in a search results page or click on first link in latest articles list of a blog. Internet Explorer 11 automatically starts loading such links in background and if the user clicks on such link, IE11 brings the preloaded page into view and the page loads almost instantly.

In other words, Internet Explorer 11 guesses which link are you going to click next in a webpage and it automatically starts loading that link in background. If you really click on that link, Internet Explorer 11 loads the page instantly as it has already been downloaded in background.

This feature might be very useful for broadband users and users who have unlimited Internet plans but if you are using a slow dial-up connection or if you are using a limited data plan, then you might want to disable this feature to save your valuable bandwidth.

Fortunately Microsoft has provided an option to enable or disable this new feature. If you decide to turn this new feature off, you can check out following simple steps:

1. Open Internet Explorer and click on Tools -> Internet Options.

2. Go to "Advanced" tab and scroll down a little to get following option:

Load sites and content in the background to optimize performance


3. This option is enabled by default, uncheck the option and apply changes.

That's it. Now Internet Explorer 11 will not preload websites content in background.

What do you think about this new feature introduced in Internet Explorer 11? Feel free to share your opinion in your comment...

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  • The description about how this feature works doesn't really clear. Can you explain more to us?

  • VG

    ^^ Some more information added.

  • So this works similar way as Google Chrome's Prerender feature, I think that this feature is connected to Google Chrome's Offline Cache feature, when browsing online it saves some website elements in Offline Cache and therefore opens websites faster, at least those websites where you visit most often.

  • Its a pretty nice feature, no doubt :)

  • IE becomes a very good Internet Browser at the movement .

  • I would be very skeptical about this feature. Sounds like the prefetch in Vista, just another feature to slow your computer down.

  • @ Norman Miller, Prefetch is older than Vista, you mean Superfetch and it makes Windows faster and its in Vista/Win7 and Win8.

    System Memory is way faster than any HDD or even any SSD and siting there idle is wasted.

    Stick to XP in that case.

  • It is helpful for me.

  • @VG

    Any chance of a screenshot of the browser?


  • VG

    ^^ Absolutely same as IE10. No UI changes.

  • Hey VG , i'll never recommend to use the preview version of IE 11 . Yesterday I saw on ur site that CCleaner's new version released . So I ran it on Windows 8.1 (it was apparently the first time I ran CCleaner on Windows 8.1). And then when I opened IE and went to The IE-6 like website appears

    No Good UI , instant search gone.... Wait for the final version of Windows 8.1....

    Same occurred for me on my other laptop running Windows 7....

  • update : when I reinstalled windows 7 on my one laptop , then reinstalled ie , error resolved , but the same did not happen when I reinstalled 8.1

  • Until MS finally get their heads out of their a**es and implement the option to prevent multiple tabs from loading on startup, it remains an utter disgust to even call it a browser.

    Ppl that are used to restore their previous session with multiple tabs opened, do actually WANT that option where tabs only load when they are clicked. Still after all these years of "tabbed browsing", MS is clearly still too stubborn to consider the few things that really matter.

    Session restore without that option is utterly pointless. Which makes the entire browser pointless.

    I'm still using FF out of pure necessity. I need those multiple tabs to be restored everytime without loading them all at once. I avoided IE for many years simply because of that simple lack.

    After all those years of development over at MS, that in itself should give out a clear signal from the community to MS, ...but as said, they still refuse to really listen. Idiots.

    So yet still, back to the slowness of FF, because of one little detail that ruins the entire browsing experience...ppl that call IE a "decent" browser, clearly don't use 90% of its features and don't know what the h** they are talking about. And that is where MS is taking most of the feedback wonder.

  • Thanks VG...done! I love to using IE11, much faster than the previous versions.

  • Seriously why using this browser?

  • some similar setting in ie9?

  • VG

    ^^ No.

  • So thats why iexplore.exe was running secretively in the background
    even when I wasnt even using it!

    Just a question VG, is it normal for IE11 with is prelaoding facility
    to be appearing several times in task manager (not visible unitl
    "Show processes from all users" is checked) even without connection to internet?

  • VG

    ^^ Yes, its normal to get several instances of IE in Task Manager as IE runs each tab in separate process.

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