Simple Steps To Completely Remove Internet Explorer From Windows Vista And XP
All editions of Windows Operating System come with Internet Explorer as its default browser. Though Microsoft is inclined towards Internet Explorer, this browser possesses minimum features and maximum bugs. Internet Explorer doesn’t meet user requirements as compared to various other superior browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera.
If you are a Windows Vista or Windows XP user and do not use Internet Explorer, you might as well uninstall it from your computer. For doing so, you need to follow some simple steps as mentioned below.
For Windows XP:
Click on the Start button to open Start Menu and choose “Control Panel”. Select “Add/Remove Programs.
Check the check box for the option “Show Updates”.
Look for “Internet Explorer “within the list of programs.
Once you find it, click on the option “Remove” so as to remove/ uninstall Internet Explorer.
For Windows Vista:
Click on Start button to display the Start Menu. Go to “Control Panel”.
Check at the upper-left of the window for “Control Panel Home” and click on it so as to deactivate classic view.
Choose the option “Uninstall a Program” and then select “View installed updates”.
Windows will take some time to display the list of all installed updates on your system.
Once the complete list appears, go through the list to locate Internet Explorer.
Once found, highlight it and click on the option “uninstall” located on the top of the list.
The above procedure will completely remove Internet Explorer from your system.
Steps To Open Internet Explorer In Mozilla Firefox
Nowadays we have lots of option for web browsers from which we can choose the best. Some of the web browsers that are available in the market are Safari, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, etc. Although we have lots of option for viewing some of the websites, we are bound to use Internet Explorer. Any Microsoft related websites such as SQL Reporting Services, SharePoints and many more like that only opens with Internet Explorer.
Now once we make other web browsers as a main browser, we need to open Internet Explorer separately to work things out, and this can be a slightly tricky job. With the help of a new add-on for Firefox we can now launch Internet Explorer as a tab inside of Firefox. This is a great achievement, because it throws out the entire problem that had to be faced before.
Now we can open Internet Explorer in Mozilla Firefox with the help of IE tab add-on in Firefox. If you want to open any link with Internet Explorer browser, simply right click on link and choose the option as Open in Internet Explorer tab. As soon as you choose that option, you link will be opened with internet explorer in a new tab of Firefox.
This add-on lets us to work in efficient and in much easier ways, because we don’t have to switch between two web browsers to make it work. Thus download and install the new add-on as fast as possible.
Exporting the Bookmark Settings in Mozilla Firefox
There are many ways that you can store the bookmarks settings of your Firefox web browser. This is extremely useful, if you are going to uninstall Firefox, and then reinstall it for some reason (say you might be about to format your C-drive). And, like most things in life, there is a short-cut way to do this, and there is a longer way. This article lists out the steps involved in both routes.
Method 1. The shorter way.
Launch Firefox web browser.
Navigate to Bookmarks -> Organise Bookmarks.
A new dialog will open up, which has all the bookmarks listed under various categories. In the toolbar to the top, click on Import and Backup, and select the Export HTML option from the drop-down menu.
Select an appropriate folder where you want to save the bookmark.html file (you can change the file name if you wish), and then click on Save.
Method 2. The longer way.
Enable the option for viewing hidden files in Windows Explorer. [If you don’t know how to do it, you can get the instructions here.]
Now, you have to go to the folder: C:\Documents and Settings\<user profile name>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\ Profiles\ <string of random characters>.default\
The .default folder will have a few random characters as the file name like wcgyadfg.default.
Now, select the bookmark.html that is most recent – and right-click on it.
Copy this file and then Paste in on your Desktop.
In both cases, when you launch the newly installed Firefox browser, you can either Import the bookmark.html file that you export/paste on Desktop; or you can copy paste the same file in the folder that you accessed in Step 2 of Method 2. This will ensure that your previous bookmark settings are loaded on to the new Firefox, and you can browse with ease.
Backing up your Browser Settings: MozBackup for Firefox and Thunderbird
Using a browser such as Firefox and/or Thunderbird may be a great experience, but if you have to format your computer, then you lose all your bookmarks and settings and extensions. The only way out seems to be that you have to backup each item individually and this can be quite a tedious process. However, there is a small and handy utility called MozBackup that takes care of all the backing-up you need to do with these browsers.
The purpose of this application is simple and straightforward – it backs-up and/or restores all the customized data for your browsers. Although named MozBackup, this tool works with a few other browsers as well – viz. Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, and Netscape.
Its design and use is also simple – all you have to do is close the browser that you wish to back-up and then launch MozBackup. MozBackup will ask you to choose the function you want to carry out – backup or restore, and then it will ask you to select program, then the profile, and so on. The process for restoring your customized browser profiles is also the same.
This tiny download of around 800K is easily available on the net for free. It is compatible with all Windows platforms.
I wanted to write about Zemanta, one of the most powerful firefox addon I’ve used which has helped me speed up time taken to blog about anything.
I’d boldly say this addon has reduced the time I take to blog by around 20% – 25%.
What does Zemanta do ?
Zemanta does a whole bunch of things for me. It has a smart engine which understands what I’m writing about and gets me relevant
1> images (also ensures none of these images are copyrighted.)
2> relevant links and,
3> Best suitable tags for my post ( SEO advantage)
Zemanta is supported on a bunch of blogging platform, almost all the famous ones. Some of them are WordPress.com, Self-hosted WordPress.org 2.1+, Blogger.com, TypePad, Ning, MySpace, LiveJournal, MovableType, Tumblr, Drupal. Zemanta also has a version for Microsoft Live Writer too, that supports a number of other platforms through XML-RPC. Users have reported to sucesfuly use it with above platform as well as Vox, SquareSpace.
What Next ?
Once you’ve installed the Zemanta plugin, you are good to go. Restart Firefox or IE and you’ll see Zemanta integrated to your favorite blogging platform.
Just start writing and you’ll see Zemanta in action :).