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Tom's Guide: Internet Explorer Tips, Tricks, and Add-ons

Once the top dog among the world's web browsers, Internet Explorer lost its spot to Chrome back in April (according to StatCounter data). However, Microsoft's IE still holds its own as the number one browser in North America with over 40 percent of the market. This week, the Tom's Guide team took some time to lay out some of the best tips and tricks for Microsoft's web browser. Check them out in 'Internet Explorer Tips, Tricks, and Add-ons.'

Though Firefox and Chrome have chipped away at its market dominance, Microsoft's Internet Explorer is still one of the most used browsers in the world, and the latest iteration, IE 10, is set to be released along with Windows 8. Today we'll look at a few basic tips and tweaks for optimizing Internet Explorer and maintaining your online privacy, as well as a few popular add-ons for IE.Internet Explorer Tips, Tricks, and Add-ons

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  • sliem
    Tip 1: do not use IE
    Tip 2: use firefox or chrome

    That is all.
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  • Branden
    here's the most useful IE trick of them all:
    - only use IE to download firefox or chrome
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  • cadderly09
    protip...
    1. Don't use IE
    2. See #1
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  • luciferano
    IE has improved significantly with IE 9 and apparently also with IE 10, but I don't think that it's enough to be better than some of the alternatives. Opera, Chrome/Chromium derivatives, Firefox/Firefox derivatives, and more have been consistently better options and AFAIK, they have continued that.
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  • Shin-san
    Pretty awful list. A lot of Tomshardware readers will already know these.

    I mostly use it when Firefox + noscript are acting up and it's a website I trust. IE9 is good, but I like Firefox more
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  • math1337
    IE 10 is better, but still sucks. It's been that way for each release of IE. Better, but still bad.
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  • lpedraja2002
    IE10 is faster than Chrome and of course Mozilla but the lack of many add-ons found on the other browsers hurts it a lot.
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  • lpedraja2002
    Since using Windows 8 I installed Mozilla, IE and Chrome fresh, I still ended up with Mozilla even though it is slower and crashes more often than the rest but the bookmark search function is a must for me. I only use IE10 for Netflix, it seems to work better for some reason.
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  • A Bad Day
    luciferanoIE has improved significantly with IE 9 and apparently also with IE 10, but I don't think that it's enough to be better than some of the alternatives. Opera, Chrome/Chromium derivatives, Firefox/Firefox derivatives, and more have been consistently better options and AFAIK, they have continued that.
    It's also worth noting that IE9 is improving slower than other browsers. Initially they had a lead over Chrome and FF, but now their competitors are running away with the game.

    I think MS was too focused on IE10.
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  • nebun
    sliemTip 1: do not use IETip 2: use firefox or chromeThat is all.if they worked all the time i would, but they don't
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