Some useful Windows 7 Internet Explorer 9 Tweaks


Internet Explorer 9 is a great example of modern web browser. It makes websites which use latest technology, looks so crispy and elegant, which you can’t even think about. There are lots of new features in IE9, you can tweak them according to you the preference which suits you most.

Here are few Internet Explorer 9 Tweaks

A new feature introduced in Internet Explorer 9 is the tab view. It keeps a record of the websites you visited the most and displays them in a tab view with just one click. However, you can access this neat little feature only when using the New Tab button. Luckily a simple tweak allows the user to use this kind of display every time Internet Explorer 9 is started by setting it as the default homepage.

The trick is to change your homepage to ‘about:Tabs’. This can be done by accessing the Tools menu, selecting Internet Options and filling in ‘about:Tabs’ in the home page section. Still, if you are an avid internet user, and want more then ten sites in your tab view, there is a way you can achieve that with a simple registry tweak.

  • The first thing you do is launch the registry editor by clicking on the start button, typing regedit and hitting Enter.
  • After the editor loads, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerTabbedBrowsingNewTabPage.
  • Right click on NewTabPage and select the New DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Name it NumRows and press Enter.
  • Next, right click the new value, hit Modify and set the value for the number of rows you want and click OK.
  • Now restart Internet Explorer 9 and enjoy.

By default, Internet Explorer 9 tabs are on the same row as the address bar to create a tidy interface. This can make it hard to identify what site is on each tab, if the number of tabs opened is high. If you like to have a lot of tabs opened then follow the instructions given below and you will configure Internet Explorer 9 to display all tabs on a separate row, similar to earlier versions of Internet Explorer. There are two methods to achieve this.

  • The simplest way is to right click any tab and select Show tabs on a separate row.
  • If you want to modify a registry key open the registry editor and find HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMINIE.
  • Right click on ShowTabsBelowAddressBar and select Modify. Set the value to 1 and click OK.

Internet Explorer 9 proved to be a huge step forward when compared to Internet Explorer 8 but it’s the only modern browser that doesn’t include spell check as a default feature.

Maybe it’s because Microsoft focused more on the browser engine adding HTML 5 support and hardware acceleration with this release. While all this is important, the lack of spell check can prevent people from making Internet Explorer 9 their favorite browser.

Thankfully, there are some add-ons available for download. Two examples would be Speckie and IE Spell. Both are free, easy to use and do the job great.

This guest article is by Tim Edmonds who is currently interested in Windows 7 tweaks.

Nitin Agarwal is a Spritual Soul from India. He is a Windows and Windows Phone Expert and Blogger by birth. He has been awarded as Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for three times by Microsoft in Windows Expert category. People often calls him a Geek, techie, gadget freak and A Crazy Heart because of his passion towards doing things differently. Immensly inspired from Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and APJ Abdul Kalam.

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