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Best of Both IE and Firefox

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Best of Both IE and Firefox

As you can probably tell from some of my past articles, I’m a big supporter of Firefox! So, when I see people using Internet Explorer, I try to introduce them to my Web browser of choice. Often, I’m told they don’t want to change over, because they like the look and feel of Internet Explorer 7. Well, we all know Firefox is flexible, so let’s use that flexibility to combine Internet Explorer’s sleek look and Firefox’s speed and security. Shall we?!

1.) First, you should install the following add ons to make the next steps a lot easier. Make sure you don’t restart Firefox until you have them all installed.

2.) Once you have those installed, you’ll probably see a difference right away! Here’s what it should look like:

3.) Great! You have a basic Internet Explorer interface, but what’s the deal with Mozilla Thunderbeast? Well, the extension Firesomething is responsible for that, so to make your Firefox look more like an authentic IE, you need to change the header of the program to Internet Explorer. To do that, click on Tools, Add Ons and then Firesomething. Finally, click on the Options button.

Delete everything in the boxes (Fire, Hypno, Ant, etc.) and then add names so that the spaces look like this:

Now, look at your Firefox header!

4.) You’re almost done! To change the Firefox logo to Internet Explorer’s, click on Start and then copy and paste this into the Run box: C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\chrome\icons\default

Remember that Main Window icon from earlier? Well, go ahead and drag that image into the folder and overwrite any existing icon that may be there. Then simply restart Firefox and sit back in awe!

5.) Now, let’s fix the Bookmarks menu problem. Go back into the Add Ons interface (Tools, Add Ons) and scroll down to the Menu Editor. Click on Options and the Menu Editor interface will pop up. Now, from the drop down menu, choose Bookmarks.

Next to the drop down menu, uncheck the Visible checkbox.

Do the same for the History menu. And there you go! You have a fully functional Internet Explorer/Firefox mix. Your favorites have also been synchronized with Internet Explorer thanks to the PlainOldFavorites add on. How cool is all that?!


~ Brandon Zubek

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