Disable Windows 7 Tab Previews in IE9/IE8

If you have downloaded Internet Explorer 9 or have been using with , you might be familiar with tab previews shown in the taskbar for individual tabs open in the browser (see screenshot below).

Tab Previews in IE8/IE9

Though this feature is useful, it can get quite annoying if you have multiple tabs open in the browser. However, thankfully there is an option to disable the tab previews in Internet Explorer 8 and 9. To do that, follow the steps listed below.

Step 1: Open the Internet Options by pressing Alt + T and selecting "Internet options" from the menu or going to the Tools menu and clicking on "Internet options".


Step 2:  In the Internet Options window, click on the Settings button under the Tabs option. This will open up a new popup. In this popup uncheck the box next to "Show previews for individual tabs in the taskbar* and click on the OK button. Click on the OK button in the Internet Options window too to close it.

Step 3: Restart Internet Explorer for the changes to take effect.

That’s it, you will no longer see tab previews in Internet Explorer. However, you will still see previews if multiple windows are open, but they are not as annoying as seeing previews for 10-15 open tabs.

Microsoft Advertising IE8 on Hulu For A Better Experience

I have seen a lot of advertisements on Hulu, however, for the first time today (maybe this ad was very old) I saw Microsoft advertising IE8 on Hulu to "Amplify your Hulu experience".

IE8 Hulu Advertisment

The ad in question leads you to a Hulu page which provides users with IE8 add-ins for Web Slices, Search Box and Accelerators. You can see it here.

Not that IE8 is bad, but I would rather stay away from it and use or to watch the videos from Hulu, what about you?

Google Removes "New Tab" Page From Google Toolbar For IE

IE8 users have been reporting that they are no longer able to see the New Tab page which displays most visited sites and other options whenever a new tab is opened. If you have been wondering that something has gone wrong, don’t panic, it is a deliberate decision by Google to adhere to new IE add-on guidelines and requirements posted by Microsoft, which can be viewed here.

IE8 users will no longer be able to view the new tab page which was added by Google Toolbar since Microsoft’s add-on guidelines clearly state that add-ons cannot make any changes to the tabs or address bar. Here is a snippet from the guidelines page (some emphasis added by me):

Removing and/or replacing Internet Explorer features

Software must not remove or replace any Internet Explorer features by disabling or limiting access to the feature user interface in Internet Explorer.

This includes, but is not limited to, replacing features such as the Internet Explorer address bar, search box, new tab page and favorites center.

As you can see, Microsoft clearly limits add-ons from making any change to the address bar, search box, new tab page and favorites center.

The new changes in Google Toolbar basically removes the new tab page because of this restriction. If you are a user who misses this feature, you are urged to use Firefox or .

I am a very light IE user, however, I find the new tab feature in Google Chrome and Firefox pretty useful, since it allows me to quickly open a frequently visited sites without having to use the bookmarks or having to type in the URL. A similar feature can also be found in , however in Opera it is called Speed Dial, and users have to manually add the pages to the Speed Dial.

Considering that IE’s user base is constantly declining, limiting add-ons from adding more features is definitely a bad move, considering how popular the feature has been. So would you switch from IE7 or IE8 to Firefox or Chrome to make use of this feature? Do let me know.


Display Weather Reports in Your Web Browser with AniWeather

mostly-sunny The other day I went looking for a good weather reporting tool for the Chrome web browser. I remembered using an addon named AniWeather in Firefox and wondered if there was a similar extension for Chrome. I was amazed to find that AniWeather is now available in Google’s Chrome web browser.

Once you have AniWeather set up, you’ll be able to see the current outside temperature in a little icon next to the address bar.


Clicking on the icon displays a very nice looking animated weather report.


You’ll discover that there are tons of options for the display of the weather and it even allows you to set multiple locations. The actual weather data is pulled from the famous weather.com website, and you can use links in the AniWeather report to see more information at weather.com.

You can find this cool extension in the Chrome Extensions Gallery or at the author’s website, AniWeather.com. The Firefox addon is available at the author’s website and the Firefox Addons gallery.

For those of you using Internet Explorer, the closest thing to this extension is the Weather Channel Toolbar. It’s good but not nearly as nice as the Firefox and Chrome addons.


For Opera web browser, there are several widgets that display weather. I haven’t looked closely, but so far I haven’t seen any that display reports inside the browser.

Now you can check the weather while you are surfing the net. The problem you’ll have is pulling yourself away to take advantage of the sunny days.

Be sure to take a look at all of the other Chrome Extensions and Firefox Addons we’ve written about.

IE8 UK Commercial Ad Videos

Based on a EU judgment, Microsoft recently rolled out the browser ballot system in European countries, however, they are not the one’s to let up on the market share that easy, and have rolled out a series of new advertisements in the United Kingdom to keep users hooked on to Internet Explorer 8.

I did find some of the commercial videos on My Microsoft Life. These videos are only 8 seconds in length, so I was wondering what Microsoft was thinking about them.

I understand that it is a webmasters goal to load webpages in 8 seconds or less, but that is because they want users to start reading the content in that time, not understanding it. So Microsoft’s thinking in these 8 second ads goes beyond me, even though I understand that it is in theme with "Internet Explorer 8", I found the 30 second Google Super Bowl ad more interesting.

Check out the advertisements for IE8 being shown in UK right now.

More info on this can be found on the Official 8 second promotion site for IE8.

Tutorial to Create Accelerators for IE8

We have told you about IE8 Web Accelerators, which allows you to quickly share content or perform different tasks from the IE8 browser and also create a huge list of the most Useful IE8 accelerators. However, what if you want to create your own web accelerator for IE8?

No worries, the IE Blog has created a Accelerator creation guide, which details the steps required to create an Accelerator for IE8. The tutorial includes accelerator building basics, discusses about dynamic variables, adding previews and testing your accelerator.

So if you have been waiting to create your own accelerator, head over to the IE blog and read the Accelerator Creation Guide.

Microsoft Announces $10K Competition To Promote IE8 in Australia, Takes Potshots At Firefox, Safari And Chrome

Microsoft’s marketing campaigns sometimes do not make any sense at all, however here is another campaign they have undertaken to promote , with this competition they aim to grow their market share in the browser wars.

Rather than innovating something like Opera Unite did, they are rather taking potshots at , their biggest rival in the Internet browser industry.

The newest campaign for IE8 is targeted at users in Australia, where Microsoft is challenging users to find the ten grand that is buried somewhere on the page, however they cannot do it when they use Firefox or for that matter any other browser other than IE8, in-fact it even calls Safari the browser from Apple boring.


You can see the details on Microsoft’s Ten Grand Is Buried Here campaign, however right now this site works only on IE browsers.

Just for fun Microsoft makes fun of any browser other than IE8 that you use to visit the above site, for example if you use , you will see a message against Chrome and so on.

Surprisingly when you visit the page using Opera, you will see a message saying “your browser” instead of Opera.

Wow Microsoft we admire your guts, however a Mozilla fan and Ubiquity developer went ahead and registered another domain called TenGrandIsBuriedThere.com, this is going to be fun now. Thanks Mitcho.

What do you think about the campaign? Would you switch to IE8 to win 10 Grand? Let us know about your views and opinions.

How To Block Automatic Update From Installing IE8?

Microsoft is planning to push to users through the Windows Automatic Update channel. Users may start seeing the updates by the third week of April.

The browser will be pushed out to Windows XP, , Windows 2003 Server and Windows 2008 Server users.

However Microsoft will not automatically install the software and will be prompting users to install the browser.

If you want to completely block IE8 from appearing in automatic updates, you can install a toolkit that will disable automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 8, this is a official tool from Microsoft.

Once you install the toolkit, you can disable automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 8 as a high-priority update via Automatic Updates and the Windows Update and Microsoft Update sites.

Download IE8 Blocker Toolkit [via Download Squad]

Ultimate List Of Tips and Tricks For Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 8 is available for download, so how good is and what can you do with it? Well like always we are up-to the task of creating a for Internet Explorer 8, which will feature reviews, and everything that you need to know about Internet Explorer 8.


This list will be non-exhaustive like the rest of the lists, so you can safely assume that we will keep adding more and more content to the list, as we come across them.

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