Even though Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 is still officially in beta, it is already very widely used, and when it’s officially released sometime this winter, there will likely be a rash of people scrambling to the Internet to learn how to configure this newest browser, because in its next release, IE is a lot different, both in how it runs and how to configure it’s various tools. One of the most obvious is the toolbar, which by default isn’t even visible, which ought to shake up a lot of users as they’ve become so used to knowing how to jump to their favorite websites with just one or two moves of the mouse.
The first thing every IE 9 user should learn is the Alt button. That’s it, because pressing the Alt button all by itself brings up the familiar file menu that everyone is used to. It’s the one that shows: File Edit View Favorites Tools Help. From here, everything you might want to do is exactly the same as it was for Vista, XP, etc. All you have to do is click on the option you want and it works the same way it always did; clicking on Favorites for example brings up your favorites list. Note that when you click on any of your functions or click anywhere on a current web page, or anywhere else for that matter, the toolbar disappears again. To get it back, just press Alt again.
The next thing to know is if you click on the View option from the File menu just described above and then choose Toolbars, you’ll get a list of toolbars that you can turn on or off, one of which is the familiar Favorites toolbar that you were most likely used to using in prior versions of Windows. By clicking on any of the toolbars shown, you can make that tool bar stay at the top of your screen, just as it was in prior versions of Windows. Also, you might note that if you so choose, you can also disable the Google toolbar that comes standard with IE 9.
Next, new users should click on the Tools (Alt+X) icon (or just type Alt X) on the top right of the screen. It’s the one that looks like a machine part, on the very right. Clicking on that will bring up a list of options that with the exception of the “Internet options” choice, will be seldom used. The Internet options choice though will bring up the familiar options screen that users are used to using to configure their browser for such things as saving a new home page and clearing out their browser history.
New users of IE 9 should not let the new look intimidate them because this new browser is a doozy. It’s faster than any other browser out there and the new changes have all been made for good reasons. It’s likely to take most new users some time to get used to this new browser, but the time spent will be well worth it.