When you are working in an app on your new laptop, such as Internet Explorer, the Settings you access from the Windows 8.1 Charm bar are specific to that app.

1

With the Start screen IE open, press Win+C to open the Charm bar.

The Charm bar will open.

2

Click Settings and then click Options in the list of settings that appears.

A panel will appear.

3

In the panel that appears, make selections for the following settings:

Appearance: Use the On/Off slider to always show the address bar and tabs, and the Zoom feature to enlarge or reduce the size of pages in your browser.

Home Pages: Click the Customize button here to choose your IE home pages.

History: Click the Select button here to control what browsing data you want to retain or delete from your laptop.

Passwords: Turn on this feature to be able to go to the next page on a website; information will be sent to Microsoft if you turn this feature on so that they can "improve" your browsing experience.

Phone Numbers: Turn this setting on to be able to call phone numbers you find on a website.

Fonts and Encoding: With this on, IE adjusts for text on a web page that doesn’t seem to be in your preferred language.