IE9: A getting started guide

The revamped browser warrants taking another look at Internet Explorer.

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Internet, ie9, microosft

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 officially launched late Monday and is ready for download here.

The new Web browser features a lot of interesting new tools such as taskbar shortcuts and dynamic jumplists, extensive HTML 5 support, hardware acceleration for improved graphics performance, and has a streamlined interface that puts more focus on the Web page and less on the browser window. Before you get started, here are a few quick tips to get you up and running with the best features IE9 has to offer.

Pin Your Sites

Internet Explorer 9 allows Windows 7 and Vista users to turn any Website you want into a Web app by installing it in your taskbar. If you use Google Docs or Office Live Web Apps, for example, a one-click option in your taskbar can be a real-time saver.

To get started, all you do is click on the tab you want to pin and drag it down to your taskbar. The site's icon will show up on your taskbar and you can click on it for quick access. A nice design touch for this feature is that IE9's navigation icons, such as the back button, will match the pinned site's color scheme.

Check Your Jumplists

If the site owner has enabled this feature, you can take advantage of dynamic jumplists in your pinned sites that let you quickly access specific Web pages.

Right-clicking on a pinned Facebook icon, for example, lets you quickly jump to your Newsfeed, Messages, Events, or your Friends List. The New York Times lists its top stories of the day as well as quick access to search, the Times' most popular stories, video, and the site's homepage.

Stop Your Trackers

IE9 offers you a way to stop sites from tracking your activity across the Web. To enable this feature click on the settings icon (the cog) in the right corner of your browser. Select Safety>Tracking


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