On Internet Explorer's File menu is a Offline" item that toggles Internet Explorer between online and offline modes of operation.
When Internet Explorer is set to the offline mode, clicking on hyperlinks and updating channels that refer to online content causes a dialog box to appear asking if Internet Explorer should connect to the network to download the requested content. If the connection is made, Internet Explorer will automatically change from offline mode to online mode for the remainder of the session or until you reselect Work Offline. If Internet Explorer is closed in Online mode, a registry key is written to indicate this. The next time that Internet Explorer is opened it will be in online mode.
In some cases, you may want to have Internet Explorer open in offline mode, regardless of what mode it was in when it was closed. Often this is because channels or other automatic download mechanisms have been set up to push content to the desktop, but the user does not want a potentially lengthy update each time Internet Explorer is started. click here