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IE Tab: Internet Explorer in Mozilla Firefox

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Published on January 24th, 2006
Category: Internet

They say that “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” The same thing should be applied to Microsoft Internet Explorer. Mozilla has been taking the browser market by a storm. As of January 2006, according to browser statistics, Mozilla Firefox owns about 28% of the browser market. While 28% may not sound like a lot, you have to consider two things.

  1. One billion people, which is about 1/6 of the world population, use the internet.
  2. Microsoft Internet Explorer dominance is being threatened despite their edge of being the default web browser for all Microsoft Windows computers.

For 99.99% of my web usage, I use Mozilla Firefox. But, there are times when using Internet Explorer is necessary. This usually happens when anal-minded web designers create pages only for Internet Explorer. So, how can IE and Firefox join forces in times like these? The IE Tab Mozilla Firefox extension of course!

IE Tab is a nifty little Firefox extension that lets you render pages in Internet Explorer and display them in Firefox. This is helpful if you’re an avid Firefox user visiting those close-minded IE-only coded sites. From the website,

IE Tab, an extension from Taiwan, features Embedding Internet Explorer in tabs of Mozilla/Firefox.

There are three ways to switch back and forth between IE and Firefox. In the first way, is just right clicking on any link and selecting “Open Link in IE Tab.” This will load a separate tab that is IE rendered.

You can actually have many tabs that are IE and Firefox rendered!

Another way to change render modes is to double-click the browser on the bottom-right corner of the Firefox window.


IE Tab has a cool function that lets you specify which specific websites will need IE Tab functionality. This is especially useful when visiting any web site created by Microsoft, as it is only natural for them not to support their main competitor browser.

IE Tab lets you do most things in Firefox that are common to Internet Explorer. Comment on your experiences!

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    I recently downloaded IE7 beta, just to take a look at the future. I guess microsoft is hoping to get back some of the firefox users, because it now has tabbed browsing…I wonder who gave them that idea…

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