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20 Amazing Features of Internet Explorer 9

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Internet Explorer 9 is finally here! Guess what, this time Microsoft has delivered it perfectly without any problems. Just on right time IE9 got released and users are playing around the all new UI from Microsoft.

If we would like to describe IE9 is 3 words it will be Fast, Smooth and Mind Blowing! Before the first beta Microsoft had released 4 platform previews to make its users and developers to have a look at its depth features. Through these test drives IE9 got many users attracting towards it before the beta release.

Similar to Google, even Microsoft used some strategy by giving away the beta to top developers so that they start promoting it before the public release. That was good for some who had got chance to feel about IE9.

Lets cut this story here and start speaking about amazing IE9 and its features.

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Have a look at what Microsoft IE9 is saying in screenshot! Yes! IE9 offers fast browsing like Chrome and Firefox. Clean and secure as well.

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Finally IE9 is Chromified. After Firefox its IE9 turn to be Chrome like design. More browsing window space and happy users icon smile 20 Amazing Features of Internet Explorer 9

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Even we do accept not having status bar activated in IE9 make you go crazy. If you click on any link, for sometime a ring will be revolving on its tab and then it will stop before page being loaded. Many menu features has been embedded in Command Bar and it can be activated just by right click on top-right corner.

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Compared to its previous versions of Internet Explorer’s, IE9 has got drastic changes in menu style. Menu structure has been reduced totally. Only few options are visible on the screen through Tools and favorite button on top-right corner. Rest has to enabled though command bar and pressing CTRL once.

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Microsoft IE team has finally added a browsing history feature in IE9. Users can access the history by clicking on the Star or Favorite Button on top-right corner.

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IE9 has may be copied back and forward buttons from Firefox. These two buttons are exactly similar to Firefox’s big back button and small forward button.

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Caret Browsing feature of IE9 turns your browser as a read-only mode MS word. As shown in image, turning on this feature will allow you to access website as a word.

Rather than using a mouse to select text and move around within a webpage, you can use standard navigation keys on your keyboard—Home, End, Page Up, Page Down, and the arrow keys. This feature is called Caret Browsing and is named after the caret—or cursor—that appears when you edit a document.

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SmartScreen filter feature is used to check the browsing website for any threats. Is any threats are found then the report will be sent to MS and IE9 will warn user to stop opening the site.

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Now user can ignore the style sheet being used by website by enabling any of the option specified above. Once enabled, it applies to all other sites as well.

Tech Tip: How to use? Tool-> Accessibility.

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IE9 provides a facility to see others website in your style. User can design their own stylesheet and use it to see external sites.

Tech Tip: How to use? Tool-> Accessibility.

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Previously pop-ups have become bottom notifications in IE9 now. Now user can see notifications like save password, download, pop-up blocked and few others on the bottom part of the browser. This save user to stay on page when answering to them similar to Google Chrome.

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IE9 team has added a new feature like save and run downloaded file in IE9. This feature reduces the time spent on saving the file and browsing for it to run.

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Do you remember in previous versions of IE if we start downloading 3 or 4 files together then it used to open similar number of pop-up to show the progress. Now IE9 has got new downloads window similar to Firefox(but better than Fx) to display the active downloads.

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Internet Explorer 9 provides the feature called “Open Site Status” which tells whether the currently opened sites are very active, active or inactive. This information will be obtained to users when they click on the new tab.

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User can now open the recently closed tabs by using reopen closed tab feature. This feature is helpful when user closes the tab by mistake.

Tech Comment: Similar to Chrome icon razz 20 Amazing Features of Internet Explorer 9

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This is one of the most stunning feature in IE9. Users can convert website to excel by right clicking and selecting “Export to Excel” option. After selecting the option, MS excel will be opened as shown in screenshot. Now a click on import button will produced below shown result.

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Only the text will be exported to excel sheet.

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User can turn on and off site suggestions by their default search engine anytime.

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Again same cut, copy and paste shortcuts. First Google Chrome introduced, then Firefox copied and now IE9!

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Image speaks everything!

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Now user can edit any web site in MS word and store it in webpage extension. User can edit the html coding, only the text visible on the site.

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Well these are th few best features we got from IE9 first beta. Lots of improvements in all the corners of browser. We IE9 is the perfect browser by Microsoft. But only sad news is Windows XP users can’t use IE9 icon sad 20 Amazing Features of Internet Explorer 9

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Do you think IE9 is ready for browsers war? Is this perfect IE browser you were expecting? Any feature missed out? Please let us know what you feel about IE9 now! icon smile 20 Amazing Features of Internet Explorer 9

Vinay Gowda

Working in IT industry from past couple of years. An Android app developer. Mad about keeping me updated about latest tech news.

45 Comments

    • Try and let us know which feature you liked the most buddy :) will be waiting to hear from you :)

      Thanks for sharing your view :)

    • I remember you had once said "If IE9 is good then XP => Win7". Great to hear that finally you gonna switch to Win7 bro :)

      Hope you like Win7 + IE9 combo :) Thanks for the comment :)

  1. Excellent review of the Brand new IE 9 .. I have not tried yet,

    Thanks for this excellent post

  2. Nice List,IE9 has great features, but it should be Polished before the final release, like displaying download speed in the download manager.

    • I agree with you buddy :) Even I am expecting this feature to be added in next beta or at least in final version. :)

    • Restarting after Restarting?? When you got this problem buddy? I never got this annoying thing :)

      • Opps, typed restarting twice. My bad. I'm used to making my pc sleep/hibernate all the time and the concept of restarting is annoying to me. Takes the computer forever to boot up.

        • This is the problem with many softwares. Hope final version doesn't come with this step :)

  3. thank you for your sharing! it is a great article, very interesting and useful

    • Same here :) Final version can really make best impact :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts buddy :)

  4. I've tried and using it
    this time Microsoft is in the game again for sure.
    i use and love opera

    • May be you get shifted to IE9 now Rabin :) What is your view on IE9 when compared to Opera?? :)

      • I still use Opera because of its inbuilt email client, rss feed reader notes that helps me a lot on seo :)

    • One of the negative stuff about IE9 is, not available for XP users. Microsoft will surely pay for it. Other than that IE9 is all set to browsers was :)

      Thanks for sharing your views Linda :)

    • Yeah Vishal. IE9 has got total make over. Can you share something more? Which feature you found interesting? :)

      Anyways thanks for your comment buddy :)

  5. IE and Microsoft has learned a lot from Open Source community specially in Usability domain. I can see a Browse war at the horizon. I think the Browser is good as it gives new life to Internet experience.

    • As of now the beta version is fine. But it too having lot of bugs. Hope final version will be out soon with some more great things :)

      Thanks for the comment bhai :)

  6. Good reference for discovering the new features and new ways to use the old features of IE9. My favorite new features are #12 & #13.

  7. I was still on the fence about whether their new browser was better than Firefox, but this detailed display may just pull me back in.

  8. Does everyone on this site work for MS?

    Ya it some nice features but there are just as many annoying things.

    Menu Bar. Turned off by default. So I can just go to toolbars and turn it on. Nope. Go to options and turn it on. Nope. You have to do a group policy change or a register hack just to turn the bloody menu on. WTF is with that. (yes I know I can turn it on `temporarily` but that is completly useless).

    Saving favorites. So I`m doing some research and want to save a whole bunch of different web sites to the new folder I just created for this purpose. Guess what, IE doesn`t `remember` the last folder I used for saving favorites so I I have to navigate to my new folder each and every time. How come I`m not hearing anything on this page about stuff like that. In all your testing didn`t any of you try saving favorites.

    MS has this very annoying habit of making changes to their software because they `know`what the user wants but don`t give the user anyway of changing these things back. Or if there is a way of changing it it is buried so far down that the average user never finds it.

    Before anyone flames me, I do like a lot of the thing they have done. But some of the most simpliest changes can have a huge impact on the Users experience and MS just doesn`t seem to care about these `little`things.

  9. How do I get back IE 8?  9 is so frustrating—I don’t have time to research how to do all the things that are different.

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