Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers Managing Add-Ons in Internet Explorer 11 By Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated February 18, 2020 PM Images / Getty Images Browsers Microsoft Chrome Safari Firefox Tweet Share Email Internet Explorer 11 provides an easy-to-use interface that lets you enable, disable, and, in some cases, delete any browser add-ons that are installed. You can also view detailed information about each add-on such as publisher, type, and file name. This tutorial shows you how to do all of this and more. Instructions in this article apply to Internet Explorer 11 web browser on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7. How to Manage Extensions in Internet Explorer 11 To add, remove, or even find out if you have add-ons in IE, access the Manage Add-ons interface. Open Internet Explorer. Select the Gear icon, located in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, select Manage Add-ons. IE11's Manage Add-ons window will open. Found in the left menu pane, labeled Add-on Types, is a list of different categories such as Search Providers and Accelerators. Selecting a particular type will display all respective add-ons from that group on the right side of the window. Accompanying each add-on is the following information. Add-On Details The Manage Add-ons window provides information on the extensions, toolbars, and other Internet Explorer add-ons. Toolbars and Extensions Name: The full name of the add-on is displayed in this column. These names can be sorted alphabetically by clicking on the column header.Publisher: The publisher's name (i.e., Microsoft Corporation) of the respective add-on is displayed in this column.Status: The current status of the respective add-on is displayed in this column—Enabled, Disabled, New, or Default. When an add-on is Disabled, its functionality is unavailable.Architecture: 32-bit, 64-bit or both.Load time: Represented in seconds, displays the amount of time it takes to load the respective add-on into memory.Navigation time: Whenever IE renders a new web page, active add-ons can add to the amount of time the process takes. Navigation time represents the average amount of time the individual add-on appends to that overall process. Search Providers Name: The search engine's name, accompanied by its icon.Status: Notes whether or not the individual search engine is configured as the default option within IE.Listing order: Displays the order of preference in which the installed search providers are displayed within the browser. This value is editable by using the Move Up and Move Down links found in the bottom section of the window.Search suggestions: When enabled, suggested search keywords from this provider will be displayed as you type in the address bar or search box. This functionality can be turned off using the Disable suggestions link. Accelerators Name: Shows the name of the accelerator, broken up into categories such as Email and Translate.Address: The domain where the accelerator originated (i.e., Bing.com).Category: The aforementioned category value is shown in this column. More information about each add-on is displayed at the bottom of the window whenever that respective add-on is selected. This includes its version number, date/time stamp, and type. Show Add-Ons Also found in the left menu pane is a drop-down menu labeled Show, containing the following options. Currently loaded add-ons: The default selection shows only those add-ons which are actively running.All add-ons: Displays all add-ons installed within IE11, no matter their current status.Run without permission: Lists add-ons that are allowed to run without explicit user permission, such as Microsoft's XSL Template.Downloaded controls: Shows all downloaded ActiveX controls. Enable/Disable Add-Ons Each time an individual add-on is selected, buttons are displayed in the bottom right-hand corner labeled Enable and/or Disable. To toggle a respective add-on's functionality on and off, select these buttons accordingly. The new Status should be automatically reflected in the details section above. Find More Add-Ons To find more add-ons to download for IE11, click on the Find more link located at the bottom left of the window. Selecting this link will open the Add-ons section of the Internet Explorer Gallery website. Here you will find a large selection of add-ons for your browser. Choose Add under an available add-on to install it in Internet Explorer.