October 25th, 2007
IE7Pro is a free add-on for Internet Explorer 7 that gives the browser a lot of great features and tweaks. Some of these features are Webpage Capturer, User Scripts, Mouse Gesture, Spell Check, and Proxy Switcher.
Go to http://ie7pro.com/ to grab the executable. Install the add-on. During installation, you will need to select which additional tasks you want IE7Pro to perform. I selected all but the change in homepage to get the most out of the add-on.
Once it is finished, fire up Internet Explorer 7. You will have two new additions to the interface.
- The IE7Pro button on the toolbar. Clicking this will take you straight to the add-on’s Preferences.
- The IE7Pro button on the status bar.
Right-clicking it will bring up the following menu:
Once you open the preferences via either pathway (or using Ctrl+F7 on your keyboard), you will be presented with a slew of options you can set (or not).
One of the features I was glad to see was the Greasemonkey-like User Scripts platform. This allows for greater customization of your web browsing experience. The add-on comes with some of these user scripts, but you can get even more from iescripts.org.
You can also take snapshots of a web page by right-clicking on the status bar icon and selecting Save Current Tab As Image To and choosing either File or Clipboard.
This add-on gives you a vast amount of flexibility in customizing your IE7 browser to better fit your browsing needs. Definitely worth checking out.
October 14th, 2007
Tabbed browsing is a great feature, but it can get out of hand. You can easily have a dozen tabs populated in no time. You could take the time to close all of those tabs individually, which could end up taking a while. Better yet, you can close all of the tabs, except for the current one, in just a few clicks of your mouse. Here’s how:
- Select the tab you wish to keep open so that it becomes the current tab.
- Right-click the current tab.
- Select Close Other Tabs from the context menu.
All other tabs will close and you will be left with only the current tab.