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".

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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.

2.3 Million IE9 Downloads in 24 Hours

Looks like Internet Explorer 9 is getting quite a lot of love. Since the release of Internet Explorer 9 on March 14, IE9 has already been downloaded 2.35 million times in the first 24 hours.

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This averages to 27 downloads every second or around 250 download every 10-11 seconds. Internet Explorer 9 is the latest browser from Microsoft for and which includes several new and exciting features such as in-built Do not track options, site lists .

Overall IE9 has been downloaded over 40 million times in the past year. The record downloads for the final version of IE9 was more than double the downloads for IE9 beta and 4 times that of IE9 RC.

You can download Internet Explorer 9 for your PC by visiting http://beautyoftheweb.com or through the direct download links for IE9.

Direct Download Links for Internet Explorer 9

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 couple of days ago for , and Windows Server 2008. If you haven’t tried out IE9 yet, you might give it a go as it is completely different from the earlier versions of IE.

Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 9 brings about a world of changes to the browser, making it more compact and adding in lots of new and exciting features to it. However, IE9 provides users with a web install and you will have to download multiple copies of the browser if you want to install it on different PCs.

If you don’t want to do that, you can download the full install links through the direct downloads for IE9 below.

How To Show Tabs on Separate Row in IE9

Internet Explorer 9 will be released any day now, but if you have been using the release candidate of IE9 you will notice that the tabs are stacked along with the address bar itself.

IE9 Tabs on Separate Row

This is kind of annoying if you have too many tabs open. Fortunately, there is an easy way to show the tabs on a separate row in Internet Explorer 9. To do that, right click on any tab and select the option “Show Tabs on a separate row”.

That’s it, you will now see the tabs on a separate row and have enough room for them. Have you been using IE9 yet, do you think it is better than or ? Do let us know your thoughts about it.

Download Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate

After the release of the Windows 7 service pack 1, Microsoft has made available the release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 to users, albeit unofficially yet.

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Win Rumors spotted the downloads for the Internet Explorer 9 and posted links to the downloads before Microsoft made them available officially. Internet Explorer 9 includes tracking protection which was also recently included by and . Using this privacy feature, users can opt-out of advertising tracking cookies and analytic software tracking.

Internet Explorer 9 will most likely see a full public release by the end of February and it might roll out after the service pack 1 has been made available to users.

You can download the Internet Explorer 9 RC from the links below, courtesy Win Rumors.

Note: Microsoft will not be making Internet Explorer 9 for Windows XP users.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 Caught Cheating in the SunSpider Benchmark?

Internet-Explorer-9-Cheats-Benchmark SunSpider is one of the commonly used artificial JavaScript benchmarks for measuring the efficiency of a browser’s JavaScript engine. With Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft managed to pull off significant improvements, and leap frogged Firefox (which has already fired back with JagerMonkey) in the SunSpider benchmark. However, it appears that Microsoft might have resorted to cheating to achieve its considerable gains.

Rob Sayre, Mozilla’s Platform Engineer, was the first one to notice that something is fishy. He documented his observations in a bug report, and published it on his blog. The revelation was soon picked up the tech crowd at Hacker News, who further delved into the matter to dig up some compelling proof. It appears that Internet Explorer 9 is employing some optimizations that are specific to the math-cordic test on SunSpider. While it’s not illegal to come up with clever optimizations that improve performance, it’s important that they are applicable to a wide range of cases. Unfortunately in this case, even simple modifications to the benchmark code, like setting return to true, has been found to significantly alter the results returned by Internet Explorer 9.

It’s possible that this is just the result of an unreliable and narrow implementation of dead code optimization. However, if Internet Explorer is specifically targeting the SunSpider benchmark to work around its tests, then that is a probably a case of cheating.

(Image taken from www.ietestdrive.com)

Update: Rob Sayre has penned a new blog-post, in which he makes it pretty clear that he believes that Internet Explorer 9 is targeting the SunSpider benchmark.

IE9 Tops HTML5 Conformance Tests By W3C

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Internet Explorer 9 has topped W3C’s first official HTML5 conformance tests. While HTML5 is still a developing standard, Microsoft’s commitment to standards is commendable. With IE9, Microsoft has been talking a lot about HTML5, CSS3 and their dedication to make IE9 standard complaint. The tests go on to prove that it wasn’t just PR talk. They meant it. IE9 has been scoring well on the ACID3 tests as well.

The test results can be found on W3C and one should keep in mind that the results reflect only parts of the HTML5 standard and not all of it. IE9 platform preview is followed by Chrome 7 beta and Firefox 4 Beta. The scores:

Source: The Register

How To Uninstall Internet Explorer 9 (IE9)

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 a few days ago. If you have installed the browser and find it buggy, you cannot directly go back and uninstall IE9 from the add/remove programs.

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In order to uninstall Internet Explorer 9, you will have to follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Go to Control Panel and click on the "Uninstall a Program" link

Step 2: You will not see an entry for IE9 in the main program list. Click on the View installed updates link in the sidebar to see the installed updates.

Step 3: Scroll down till you see a section for Microsoft Windows and find "Windows Internet Explorer 9" in it.

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Step 4: Right click on the entry and click on the Uninstall button to uninstall and remove Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) from your PC.

After the update is removed you will be reverted to the last installed version of Internet Explorer on your PC. The above steps will work as it is on both and .

Download IE9 Beta

As I had posted earlier, Internet Explorer 9 is now available for downloads at BeautyOfTheWeb.com. The latest Microsoft browser which has already received rave reviews is ready for downloads.

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IE9 Beta downloads are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions. To download it just head over to http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/ and click on the Download Now button.

IE9 has full integration and also supports . I will do a full review of IE9 as soon once I spend some time with so stay tuned for that.

IE9 Will Launch On BeautyOfTheWeb.com

Internet Explorer 9 LogoMicrosoft has been hiding IE9 from users and enthusiasts alike, shrouding it in secrecy like Apple does before a product is launched. This definitely puts Microsoft in a very tight situation since it cannot fail like it has done with IE7 and IE8.

The motto of IE9 is Beauty of The Web, and we definitely want to see it to believe it, considering that IE has always been a pain in the posterior for developers and designers alike.

IE9 Beauty of The Web

To be really truthful, I do not care about IE9 unless it does something better than , or . The time IE8 takes to open a tab would allow me to open and browse between 4-8 tabs on any of these browsers. Yes I have timed it, IE is that slow.

Unless IE9 does things that are drastically different, don’t keep your hopes high on it. I would definitely want to see a better browser, though I am not sure if I would see something better than I have already seen that will compel me to switch.

Microsoft has been losing browser market share consistently for past few years, and it does not help Microsoft that they are not doing enough or doing it quickly in the market they once ruled. It does not matter how many new feature IE9 adds, it has to be compelling enough for people to switch.

If you are waiting for IE9, mark your dates at September 15, 2010 and bookmark http://www.beautyoftheweb.com.