Tag Archives: Internet Explorer

Windows 8.1 How Can I make Desktop Internet Explorer my default browsing experience?

Start from Windows 8.1, the metro internet explorer is the default one for website browsing. You can following these steps to make Desktop Internet Explorer for default browsing experience.

  1. In Internet Options, click Programs tab
  2. In Open Internet Explorer settings, change Choose how you open links option to Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop.
  3. Check Internet Explorer tiles on the desktop
  4. Click OK to save the Internet Explorer setting changes.


IE9 Go to an intranet site for a single word entry in the address bar

Unlike IE8, in IE9, if you type an intranet site name in the address bar without http, IE9 will redirect you to the bing search page with the site name as keyword. IE9 also recognize you might want to go to an intranet so there is prompt pop up ask if you want to go to internal site.


This means one more click for many users. You can enforce IE 9 to go to intranet site directly for single word entry by following these steps.

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How Can I Uninstall IE9

IE9 Uninstalling is done via Windows Update control panel.  Select the view installed updates and then uninstall IE9 via the context menu.

If you want to uninstall IE9 just because of degraded performance when viewing websites, you can try to turn off GPU rendering which might workaround the performance issue.

  1. In Internet Options, select the Advanced tab,
  2. Under Accelerated graphics, check the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering checkbox.
  3. Click Apply then OK.
  4. Restart IE9

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Difference between Chrome Versions

People might get confused what is the difference between Chrome channels. According to http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel

  • Stable channel. Everyone is on the Stable channel when they first install Google Chrome. The Stable channel is updated with features and fixes once they have been thoroughly tested in the Beta channel. If you want a rock solid browser but don't need the latest features, the Stable channel is for you.
  • Beta channel. People who like to use and help refine the latest features subscribe to the Beta channel. Every month or so, we promote stable and complete features from the Dev channel to the Beta channel. The Beta channel is more stable than Dev, but may lack the polish one expects from a finished product. If you're writing extensions, you need to use this channel or the Dev channel.
  • Dev channel. This developer preview channel is where ideas get tested (and sometimes fail). The Dev channel can be very unstable at times, and new features usually require some manual configuration to be enabled. Still, simply using Dev channel releases is an easy (practically zero-effort) way for anyone to help improve Google Chrome.

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List of dev and test tools for IE8

From http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/readiness/testing-tools.aspx

Here is a list of convenient development and test tools to help test and modify applications to run on Internet Explorer 8:

Debugging websites

Debugging User Agent String Changes
This program produces a report on Internet Explorer's current User Agent String, along with scripts to simulate User-Agent Strings for other Internet Explorer versions and links to MSDN User-Agent String articles.

Internet Explorer Developer Tools
Internet Explorer 8 includes tools needed by web developers to efficiently debug and profile their sites directly in the browser.

This is an HTTP Debugging Proxy that logs all HTTP traffic between a computer and the Internet.

Process Monitor
Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, registry and process/thread activity.

Process Explorer
This program displays information about which handles and DLL processes have opened or loaded (Vista and Windows XP SP2).

W3C Validator HTML/XHTML
This is a W3C service to check the syntax of HTML and XHTML.

W3C Validator CSS
This is a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) service to check the syntax of CSS.

RSS Feeds Validator
This is a W3C service to check the syntax of RSS feeds.

Windows Internet Explorer Testing Center
Test pages that we developed in conjunction with World Wide Web Consortium working groups.

IE Compat Test Tool
The Internet Explorer Compatibility Test Tool (IECTT), part of the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), helps identify application and website compatibility issues on Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 7. The IECTT identifies your web-based issues, uploads the data to the ACT Log Processing Service, and shows your results in real time. These tools help customers lower their costs for application compatibility testing, prioritize their applications, and deploy Internet Explorer more quickly.

Expression Web SuperPreview for Internet Explorer is a visual debugging tool that makes it easier to migrate your websites from Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 7 or 8.

Designing/Creating websites

Expression Web
Microsoft Expression Web is a professional design tool to create modern, standards-based sites that deliver superior quality on the web.

Visual Web Developer Express
Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition is a free, easy to use, and easy to learn program that allows everyone—from the novice to the professional developer—to create ASP.NET websites.