Tweak IE9, Modify Internet Explorer 9 Settings

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 27, 2011
Updated • Mar 14, 2013
Internet Explorer, Windows software

When you are trying to customize Microsoft's latest web browser Internet Explorer 9 you are limited by the configuration options, called Internet Options in the browser. Those options have not really changed a lot since the release of Internet Explorer 6. Users who wanted to tweak and modify other elements of the browser had to rely on Registry tweaks, group policies and third party tools.

One of those third party tools has just been released in a new version. Tweak IE9 has been designed specifically for Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 browser. The portable program checks if Internet Explorer 9 is installed on the system. If it is, it displays a start button that launches the program.

The program displays all available configuration options in the main interface. The tweaks are divided into colored sections. Tweaks are for instance available for Internet Explorer's user interface, file downloads and security.

Here is an overview of the available configuration settings:

User Interface:

  • Enable Menubar on Top
  • Menubar always visible
  • Enable Links Band
  • Enable Tab Groups
  • Small icons on toolbar
  • Enable 3D-Border
  • Show Statusbar
  • Enable CommandBar
  • Use ClearType
  • Max rows on new tab


  • Start IE9 in Fullscreen
  • Make a custom homepage


  • Configure the maximum number of downloads
  • Perform check on exe file signature
  • Notify me when a download has completed
  • Change the downloads directory

Search Provider

  • Manage search providers
  • Default search provider


  • ActiveX Filtering
  • ActiveX Filter Exceptions
  • Manage Pop-up Settings
  • Tracking Protection List Exceptions


  • Configure the connection limits


  • Make Special IE9 Shortcuts
  • IE9 Feature Meta tag generator
  • Make custom search provider
  • Delete browsing history
  • Restore IE9

Most of the configuration options are activated and deactivated with a click on the icon next to each setting. Once you have made all changes, you need to click on the Tweak IE9 now button to apply the changes to the web browser. If you want to undo the changes click the Restore IE9 button to do so.

TweakIE9 is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating system. It works only if Internet Explorer 9 is installed on the system. You can download the program from the developer website.


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  1. Pirjo said on July 26, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I am currently using IE 8, like it, and am completely satisfied with its performance. Strange but true? When I had IE 7, they (?) constantly sent me msgs. telling me to upgrade to 8 which I ignored. THEN, “the people” sent msg. saying I had 2 days to do it (which regime IS this?) Anyway, like a “dutiful citizen” I panicked and upgraded. Oh boy, it made my computer completely crash and it took me days to get it up and running again! I don’t ever want to go through that again…..but I’m thinking they are going to hound me sometime to upgrade to 9 and the same thing might happen again. I’m perfectly satisfied with 8 and looking at 9, I don’t like certain features. Any comments? Thanks!

  2. Remote Support said on December 25, 2011 at 7:04 am

    With local group policy, many settings can be enabled, disabled or customized for ie9. Although using local group policy is not intuitive for regular people either it does work.

  3. emanuele said on August 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    what is the difference between “Configure the maximum number of downloads” and “Configure the connection limits” ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      Connection limits are the number of simultaneous connection to a server to download page elements, e.g. images while download limits are specifically for user initiated downloads.

  4. Geoff said on August 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Poorly implemented.
    NOT intuitive for average user.
    When installed as directed, tweaks do NOT work under IE9.
    TweakIE9 is very buggy freeware and effectively useless.
    Do NOT download!

  5. bill said on June 28, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Thank you for pointing out this handy, simple little app. Simple is very good – portable is even better! This information is much appreciated.

  6. Crodol said on June 27, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I am still using IE8 occasionally (my main browser is FF5). Is it worth updating to IE9?

    1. Laav said on June 30, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      Seeing as Internet Explorer is an integrated part of the core operating system, i would say yes.

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