Wednesday, February 23, 2011

How to enable Web Slices

Web Slices is a new feature in Internet Explorer 8, enabling websites to connect to their users by subscribing to content directly within a webpage. Web Slices behave just like feeds where clients can subscribe to get updates and notify users of changes. The idea is that web sites that traffic in constantly updating information, such as weather, stock, or online auctions, can provide the option for users to select the section of the page containing that information and save it in the favorites bar. If Web Slices are available on the page, a notification icon will appear when you mouseover the content.

To enable Web Slices & alerts in Internet Explorer 8:

  • Open Internet Explorer 8.
  • Click Tools and select Internet Options.
  • Select the Content tab.
  • Go to the Feeds section and click the Settings button.

  • In the Advanced section,check the Turn on in page WebSlice Discovery checkbox.
  • Check “Play sound when a feed or Webslice is found for a page” to alert if WebSlices are found in a webpage
  • Check “Play sound when a monitored feed or Webslice is updated” to alert if  a monitored WebSlice is updated

  • Click OK and Apply OK.

When a website supports WebSlice, the purple WebSlice icon appears in the Internet Explorer Commandbar. Clicking on the WebSlice button adds the WebSlice to the Favorites bar. In the background, Internet Explorer checks for updates on a schedule.  When Internet Explorer finds an update, the item on the Favorites bar bolds. You can click on the item to view the details.

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