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Why Internet Explorer 7 / Internet Explorer 8 Sucks
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This article explains why the new Internet Explorer 7 / Internet Explorer 8 sucks.

Before (IE6 - Classic Theme)

After (IE7 - Classic Theme)

After (IE8 - Classic Theme)

Can't have the menu bar on top

The menu bar is just disabled, not entirely gone. Right click on an empty area and I was able to restore the menu bar. However, it only appeared below the row where it contains the back and forward buttons.

There's no way to make it appear on top. No matter how I dragged the slider.

It is possible to force the bar to the top, by means of a registry hack. Riiight...

UPDATE IE8 (Apr 22 2009): IE8 has the same issue as well :(

Can't Restore the original toolbar buttons

I prefer my Back, Forward, Stop and Refresh buttons as the first few buttons on the top - the classic IE6 way.

And the Refresh and Stop buttons go right to the end of the row. Can't we have a "Classic View" as IE6 has?

UPDATE IE8 (Apr 22 2009): IE8 allows moving the two buttons to the left by right-clicking an empty toolbar area, 'Customize' and 'Show Stop and Refresh Buttons before Address Bar'. However, you still can't revert to the IE6 classic view with large buttons and labels.

Can't remove search bar

Google toolbar already does this, thank you very much.

Right-click? Nope. The only items you can remove from the interface is the.... *drum roll* ..... status bar.

PS - you can't move the address bar too. Or the order of buttons in the standard toolbar for that matter.

Update: The search bar can be removed by means of a registry hack.

UPDATE IE8 (Apr 22 2009):

IE8 has the same issue as well :( But it can be removed via... (drum roll) .. gpedit.msc > Local Computer Policy > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer > "Prevent Internet Explorer Search Box from displaying" (source). So much effort just to remove a Search Bar?

By the way, Group Policy editor only works for Professional XP users so home users have to manually adjust the registry.

IE8 also now allows removing of the Command Bar. But that is the only additional thing you can remove as compared to IE7 through the interface.

Can't access EMail/Newsgroups in one click

Where is the one click button to access my email?

UPDATE IE8 (Apr 22 2009): IE8 does not have this feature back as well :(

Empty tab is a funny idea

I want to open a tab by either hitting Ctrl+T, Ctrl+N or File > New Tab. That's how Maxthon and Firefox works. And I like that idea. Having an empty tab on the far right takes up space and gives a visual misunderstanding to me that there is an unattended tab.

Microsoft could have at least set this as an option.

UPDATE IE8 (Apr 22 2009): IE8 does not have this feature as well :(

Opening a link in a new tab does not copy history

In IE6, when you click a link while holding the SHIFT button, it opens the link in a new window while maintaining the back button entries. It was very useful when you need to open a tab and maintain the same history as well.

In IE7, that feature is gone.

UPDATE IE8 (Apr 22 2009): IE8 does not have this feature back as well :(

Tabs Row filled with buttons at the end

The row of tabs should not have any buttons! It is meant for tabs and only tabs.

Perhaps Microsoft was thinking that normal users use only a few tabs at one time.

UPDATE IE8 (Apr 22 2009): YES! You can now move the buttons to join with the toolbars. You can even remove it completely!

Complaints Galore!

Just check the Microsoft Internet Explorer newsgroup. Google gives it a High Activity rating.

What Rocks

  • Multiple tabs
  • Better Security (Phishing, ActiveX, Protected Mode)
  • Each-Tab-In-One-Process (ala Chrome) (Internet Explorer 8)

IE7 looks to be released to battle Firefox. For me, it is back to Maxthon 2. which uses the IE7 engine but with a much improved frontend.

IE8 still loses out to Firefox and Maxthon 2. Although IE8 boasts features such as InPrivate, Each-Tab-In-One-Process (ala Chrome) and better web standards compatibility, what I am more concerned about is the front end interface. Which still fails. Hopefully Microsoft will allow more customizability optons with future updates or in IE9.

Last Updated 22nd April 2009.

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Unregistered Anonymous Internet Exploder that's why! Seriously there are no other browsers?

M$ in general sucks their browser is the least of our problems.
posted 30 Mar 2015 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Umm... Why the heck do you use IE?
Most pages with HTML5 (which is the newest nowadays) have problems working with only Internet Explorer.

Using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox not only enhances your browsing experience, but also gives you ultra fast browsing, high-realtime security, always the newest updates (also in Flash, Java, Shockwave, etc etc), and finally you can customized them the way YOU want!
With millions of add-ons in store, more coming every day, you'll have a unique browsing experience.. Just the way YOU like it!
posted 20 Apr 2012 - show 1 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous "Last Updated 22nd April 2009."

You're almost three years late. Using arguments that weren't nearly as valid back then. Impressive.
posted 3 Aug 2012 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Another option I found: GreenBrowser
This is a lightweight (2MB, portable) browser that uses IE's engine.

Pros: IE6 look and feel (although a bit ugly); lightweight, portable, and fast; should work with any version of IE
Cons: does not support IE's plug-ins; far too many settings (takes patience and experimentation); lacks multimedia (eg. Flash)
posted 17 Mar 2012 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Option: Use Classic IE6 Interface.

One option, a bit of space for the interface and a lot of users will be happy, no security issues and no speed issues with a great gain.

I use FF but for the little i do with IE i have IE6, i will not update to IE 7-8-9-X until the classic interface become an option or until i really become forced to do that.

And... IE6 usage still at 15%, put on the classic interface on the other IE and the usage ratio will drop near 0.
posted 21 Nov 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous If you guys haven't heard of it yet, there is a little freeware add-on for IE6/7/8 called IE7Pro that ads a few cool features, such as an option to move the MENU bar *back on top*, as well as removing the Search Bar (for those who do not want to mess with the registry yourself).

Just Google: IE7Pro
posted 19 Sep 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous stop going against IE, guys!

this site might get a high risk of getting deleted...
posted 10 Aug 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Both IE7 and IE8 truly do stink. I tried them at home and went back to 6. No choice at work, the dreaded NMCI crammed it down our throats. I don't care how large may screen gets, it is still all about maximum real estate. In IE6, I want the status bar at bottom, stuck with the title bar on top, so below that, I have File Menu, Standard Buttons (small, no text) and Address Bar all in ONE single row. IE7or 8 forces me to have THREE rows, no matter how the individual elements are configured. My Windows Explorer at home and work looks the same as IE6 at home, but works differently. With 6 I can type a web address in Windows E and the same window just goes there. If I type a drive-file-path in IE6 also it just goes there in that window. Since the Windows E still looked the same after IE7 installed, I thought I could type a web address or pick a favorite in Windows E and would be able to maintain the look and real estate I want--WRONG! It switched to the IE7 window and moved it from a site I did not want to leave... Thx Bill...
posted 12 Jun 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous I'm a PHP, Ajax, javascript coder and web designer. All my stuff works great in all the web browsers out there, except for, guess what? IE8! It's a nightmare. The worst is having to base all my coding on the sh**ty browser. Before i used to program everything on Firefox. Now I am forced to use IE! In most of the cases I have to re-start from scratch. There are no good debugging tools available for IE. All the good stuff is available for the other browsers (i.e. Firebug). We are using a similar tool for IE but it lacks most of the detailed options Firebug offers. I suggest a boycott: No one should use IE! To bad Banks and the like depend on IE security and certifications.... This will never end.
posted 8 Jun 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous I can't see the icons on the tool bar area anymore it is all black how to you stop the black and bring back the icons?
posted 7 Jan 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous im spending half my fucking day off trying to access company email, ie keeps adding http when i dont type it, can't find way around it, useless security messages and wont allow me to do anything, waste of fucking money, tabs open, can't tell when a new page is opened, constant security pop ups, who is the hot shot that came up with this piece of shit?
posted 25 Dec 2009 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Actually, Firefox (and I believe Maxthon 2) have better web standards compliance than any IE browser. Also, Firefox has a thing like InPrivate Browsing, and does have better security than IE.
posted 9 Dec 2009 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Why does Internet Explorer 7 / 8 suck. I can honestly say that this web browser really is nothing to write home about. Maybe when Microsoft Corporation decided to give up their domination in the web browsers maybe then they can design a cool web browser like Mozilla Firefox or Google's Chrome or even Apple's Safari. People are getting upset over Microsoft Internet Explorer. I myself installed and downloaded both Mozilla Firefox and Google's Chrome and I love these two web browsers I also installed and downloaded Mozilla Firefox's Thunderbird ( their E - Mail service ) and I love it ever since. Besides Mozilla Firefox is all cool and way better having Mozilla Firefox is just the best way one can surf the Internet and by having Mozilla Firefox as your web browser surfing the Internet is the way it is and the way it should be.
posted 29 Nov 2009 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous MS please issue a patch to make IE8 (or whatever is the newest) to look like IE6 - no tabs, no "search bar". Pretty please. I'd even pay for it.
posted 14 Nov 2009 - show 1 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous I would pay $$$$$$ for an IE6 look alike browser in functionalitiy without obnoxisous address bar drop downs that worked just like IE6. I've tried them all and they all want to give me crap I DO NOT WANT. I talked to MS and they said it was a "feature" and they didn't udnerstand why anyone would want to trash it...yet in google there are tons of pages requesting that exact thing.
posted 29 Nov 2009 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous ie8 really sucks. it does not delete browsing history. i am loosing all the confidence in microsoft products.i don't know what their emplyees are doing except doing bad job with all their new products. vista is nightmare also.
posted 3 Nov 2009 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous The option of:

"Show Stop and Refresh Buttons before Address Bar"

With this sort of microsoft-mentality future UI options will take the form of

"Move Back/Forward Buttons One Line Down"
"Move Address Bar One Space Prior To Reresh Button"
"Move Menu Bar To Below Status Line"
"Move Favorites Bar To Above Menu Bar"

Quote: "Microsoft could have at least set this as an option."

Wow, what a novel (1990s) idea, allow the USER to customize a user interface. What are the redmond inbred-b@stards thinking.

Unless *ALL* native toolbars and *ALL* toolbar buttons can be moved to where the user wants them, then IE7/IE8 contains A HARDCODED USER INTERFACE which is caveman-era and the likes of 1980s computing.

Unless *ALL* top-screen UI elements can be potentially placed ON THE SAME LINE, then it's a moronic, asinine, HARD-CODED USER INTERFACE.

The age of software arrogance!
posted 15 Oct 2009 - Reply - Permanent Link

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