5 IE9 extensions you should know about

Internet Explorer may not have the vast library of extensions offered by Firefox or Chrome, but there are a host of useful tools available to help you get things done, ranging from full scale add-ons to unobtrusive accelerators and bookmarklets. Here's a selection of the best.

 

5. Bing Translator: Allows you to quickly translate entire web page with the click of a mouse using Bing. Some people actually think that Microsoft Translator is more accurate than either Google Translator or Babelfish. There's a Google Translate accelerator available, too, for those who prefer it.

 

4. Wolfram Alpha: Available as a toolbar and a full scale add on in addition to an Accelerator, Wolfram Alpha is available for all of the major browsers. It allows you to easily access Wolfram Alpha's computations without having to navigate to the site. It does everything from quick fact checks to complex math problems.

3. Readability: While it doesn't support a full accelerator, this is a handy bookmarklet. Readability allows you to remove all of the adds and clutter from a webpage for easy reading, similar to Safari's Reader. Although the free version doesn't have all the features of the paid one, it does support a variety of formatting options, and should be a part of anyone's browser. Also available for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.

2. Find with Wayback Machine: Never worry about dead links again. Using this accelerator, you can access any website in the Internet Archive's 85 billion page archive, all the way back to 1996.

1. Speckie: The one add on that no one should be with out. Speckie is a spell checker that works just like a native feature. Once you've installed it, you'll never know that it's there. Right click misspelled words to easily correct them and there, one of IE's most glaring omissions is fixed.

There are many more add-ons, including alternatives to the ones listed above, available at the IE Gallery.

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autobon said,

There are plenty of situations I would choose IE9 over another browser. Say I wanted to watch something on Netflix, why would I need to open up Firefox with all of its extensions just to play full screen movie? I would use the lighter IE in that situation.

That seems to be the direction IE is moving in anyways. More of an app launcher/runner as opposed to a full on competing browser with extensions, themes, and so on.

lighter and IE don't belong in the same sentence.

autobon said,
If you have extensions for Firefox.... and open Firefox.... your extensions get opened with it.....

Then don't have lots of Firefox extensions? Not that the vast majority have any noticeable impact on browser performance as it is. (Or even, open Firefox in Safe Mode?)

I'm just saying, it doesn't seem like much of a reason to specifically open IE9 for watching a movie.

Xenomorph said,
Really? I didn't see *Adblock* or *NoScript* mentioned.

Oh, the ignorance again..
You know what Tracking Protection Lists are? Add 'EasyList' to it and there, you have Adblock on IE!

Hmm, I would have added "Messenger Companion" to the list. I'm always finding something interesting that I want to tell my friends about - but not necessarily the world. Just a hotkey away I can type my innermost thoughts on a page and anyone in my Messenger contact list can see them.

It's also nice because I can go to a website and see the things my friends found interesting.

If you have Windows Live Essentials (or at least Messenger) installed, you can access it in IE9 by typing <Ctrl> + <Shift> + <C> or turn on View > Toolbars > Command bar to see the Messenger Companion icon.

Doesn't seem to work in browsers that are spawned from a taskbar pinned website though.

The fact that speckie exists is a huge failing of Windows as a whole, but it's good to know it exists. Although, I think most people who care about spell check know how to spell, and those who don't care can't spell and won't check anyway...

threetonesun said,
The fact that speckie exists is a huge failing of Windows as a whole, but it's good to know it exists. Although, I think most people who care about spell check know how to spell, and those who don't care can't spell and won't check anyway...

How is this a huge failing of Windows as a whole? Just cause MS didn't put a spell checker in it's browser thats failing? Look at it this way, MS is in the business of make not only their selfs money but their partners and others money. They could put one in there like the one in Word........ But just say that one or more other partners out there asked them not to put one in there to give them a chance for users to used their product.

stm24 said,

How is this a huge failing of Windows as a whole? Just cause MS didn't put a spell checker in it's browser thats failing? Look at it this way, MS is in the business of make not only their selfs money but their partners and others money. They could put one in there like the one in Word........ But just say that one or more other partners out there asked them not to put one in there to give them a chance for users to used their product.

No one sells a spell check, do they? You don't find it odd that a computer, which is for most users a glorified word processor, doesn't come with system-wide spell check? There's no system resource reason for leaving it out any more, and OSX has it. It's incredibly useful.

alessandroasm said,
You forgot the must have Chrome Frame extension... Only thing that turns IE into something usable...

Chrome isn't bad, but this is fanboy talk.

I think the biggest thing for windows 7 users with IE is the pin to taskbar and jump lists. IE is definitely getter a lot better than it was, but it has a dark past to get over before people like web developers and web application designers start looking at it seriously. It spent far too many years as IE6, ruining the browser market...

Nowadays they're all much of muchness, and really it's the extensions or lack thereof that make you choose one or the other as your "browser of choice".

The two extensions I've installed on IE9 are:

a) Speckie
b) Mouse Gestures -the most valuable for me-

http://www.ysgyfarnog.co.uk/utilities/mousegestures/

The program is extremely well-written and it's suggested by Microsoft's employee. Surely it works as smooth as butter. It complies with all IE's standards which means is totally secure. There are both versions, x86 & x64. Many people don't know that there's this little "diamond".

Also, I've been told there's one more that I'd like to have, but so far I haven't try to find it. It's about opening links with right click in new tab, like Firefox.

As search engine and translation tool, I've set Google's services. IE9 became my 'official secondary' browser. I'm planning to use even more often IE10 x64. I really hope they will give us more functionality with little things, like "Open Link in New Tab" etc.

P.S. Lol... I tried to edit my post and mistakenly I liked my own comment

Edited by PC EliTiST, Nov 7 2011, 11:47pm :

Going to give this a spin looks fun

PC EliTiST said,
P.S. Lol... I tried to edit my post and mistakenly I liked my own comment

Sure sure...

PC EliTiST said,
The two extensions I've installed on IE9 are:

a) Speckie
b) Mouse Gestures -the most valuable for me-

http://www.ysgyfarnog.co.uk/utilities/mousegestures/

The program is extremely well-written and it's suggested by Microsoft's employee. Surely it works as smooth as butter. It complies with all IE's standards which means is totally secure. There are both versions, x86 & x64. Many people don't know that there's this little "diamond".

Also, I've been told there's one more that I'd like to have, but so far I haven't try to find it. It's about opening links with right click in new tab, like Firefox.

As search engine and translation tool, I've set Google's services. IE9 became my 'official secondary' browser. I'm planning to use even more often IE10 x64. I really hope they will give us more functionality with little things, like "Open Link in New Tab" etc.

P.S. Lol... I tried to edit my post and mistakenly I liked my own comment

I just right clicked the link you posted and wow... the context menu offered "Open in new tab". Microsoft must've heard you before you spoke.

IE is a lot faster than before, but I hate the UI, hate the lack of proper sync support, lack of a decent spelling and grammar checker, lack of decent ad-blocking (TPL and InPrivate Filtering are a joke), and the ancient configuration options. I hope IE 10 won't be another coat of paint on such an old, beat-up car.

I don't see how TPL is a "joke" for ad-blocking. Add EasyList and it just do its job fine, right?
Also, what's wrong with the 'ancient configuration options'? "Don't fix what's not broken".

"3. Readability: While it doesn't support a full accelerator, this is a handy bookmarklet. Readability allows you to remove all of the adds and clutter from a webpage for easy reading"

Adds? Really? As in addition?

Or "Ad", as in Advertisement...

Personally, I would love an extension like Uppity on IE that allows me to navigate quickly up to the root level of the web site.

There's the excellent Classic IE9 addon, part of Classic Shell which gives IE9 back its title bar text, Aero progress bar, Protected Mode status and zone info. I don't get the point of reader mode. Isn't that what RSS does?

I use Bing bar:
• Helpful alerts - Facebook, news, new email.
• Facebook news feed & photos, with a click.
• Preview Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and Gmail.
I use Bing accelerators such as Search with Bing, Translate with Bing...
I use Fanboy Adblock Tracking Protection List to block ads.
I use Speckie for spell checking.

If you want to customize IE's UI, to search more efficiently, you can try Quero toolbar (http://www.quero.at). It's powerful.

iwillneverstop said,
I use Bing bar:
• Helpful alerts - Facebook, news, new email.
• Facebook news feed & photos, with a click.
• Preview Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and Gmail.
I use Bing accelerators such as Search with Bing, Translate with Bing...
I use Fanboy Adblock Tracking Protection List to block ads.
I use Speckie for spell checking.

If you want to customize IE's UI, to search more efficiently, you can try Quero toolbar (http://www.quero.at). It's powerful.

yey more toolbars!

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