Six clicks: Can your browser do these tricks?

Six clicks: Can your browser do these tricks?

Summary: All web browsers are not created equal. Each of the top six browsers has a unique killer feature.

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  • Internet Explorer (Windows 8 only) Reading View

    In Windows 8, Internet Explorer has a single rendering engine, but two distinct personalities. So distinct, in fact, that one killer feature is only available when you leave the desktop.

    Ads, widgets, ugly formatting, and overcomplicated navigation aids can make the experience of reading a web page unnecessarily difficult. With the Immersive (nee Metro) Windows 8 version of Internet Explorer, you can clear away the clutter with one click of the Reading View button.

    Reading View is similar in design to the Reader feature in Apple’s Safari browser. But Microsoft’s designers added the capability to customize the background color (sepia is especially easy on the eyes when using a large monitor) and to set a standard font size.

    In fact, Reading View is so convenient you might be tempted to use the plugin-free Windows 8 Internet Explorer even on a desktop PC. If you do lots of online reading, your eyes will thank you.

  • Opera Speed Dial

    Bookmarks are so 1994.

    Here in the 21st Century, your day is likely to start with a handful of related sites that you scan quickly. For common work-related tasks, you'll probably want to open two or three sites where you can research and share information quickly.

    That's where Opera's Speed Dial feature comes in handy. Speed Dial is Opera's default for new tabs, where you can bookmark single pages for quick access. But you can also save groups of bookmarks here in folders. To see all the bookmarks in a single folder, click the Speed Dial icon. To reopen the entire saved collection, right-click and use the Open All menu choice.

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  • All browsers should be silent by default

    If I explicitly play something it can speak otherwise it should be seen and not heard.
    greywolf7
    • computer should be seen not heard

      I don't have sound on except if I'm watching a Utube or something of the sort...................

      It's worth noting that "speed dial" is standard on Firefox............ Save a group of bookmarks in a folder on the bookmarks bar, right click, and they all open..........
      **owly**
      • or just

        double-click that folder or subfolder to open all bookmarks from that folder. You also can sellect the very last line after a regular click on a folder whitch reads: "Open all in tabs".
        Kualinar
      • Speed Dial was introduced in Opera 9.2,

        back in 2007...Firefox didn't have it natively (without an extension) until version 9 in about 2011...
        wizard57m-cnet
  • bastard browsers

    Browsers in general each have their strengths alas some just don't play nice or even worse refuse to let certain add ons install at all on competing browsers, looking at you Google chrome & adobe flash player, after uninstalling flash player from a windows 7 laptop consequently in trying to reinstall the only way to do so was to be forced to accept chrome as the default browser. How long are U going to wait Google to pull the same asshole stunt with you tube?
    yofuss
  • Safari Sharing Isn't Alone...

    One may note that sharing with Windows 8.1 is not so far away too with just WIN + H (or the Share Charm). Then, you're done one just a click or two later.

    I also *love* IE11's reading view!
    deMaelstrom
    • Exactly...

      ...not to mention the same function exists on Windows Phone natively as well.
      GoodThings2Life
      • Android

        And pretty much any Android app or browser.
        hades_2100@...
  • Safari/iPad

    "But because mobile Safari is the only option on the wildly popular iPad..."

    Am I misunderstanding something? I use Chrome on my iPad regularly.
    WordsOfNothing
    • it's just a wrapper

      Not a real browser, just a wrapper for the Safari engine.
      Ed Bott
      • Then by that assessment, Opera [after version 12] should simply be called

        Chrome, because all it is a skin and a few extras thrown on Chrome. Also, it should be noted that on the new Opera, even those who like the skinning don't necessarily like the change in SpeedDial as now implemented.

        Nearly every browser has now copied SpeedDial as it used to be. The examples given above show only one standout, which is the feature of Chrome - and I don't use that browser, but it would be nice as a feature of every one.
        chrome_slinky@...
        • Opera 12 bookmarks disaster

          with the move to chromium engine, Opera lost the old bookmarks function and you can't sync your book marks from the Opera link server.
          really really annoying.
          Also the mish mash top/bottom controls is not design for thumb friendly use on tablets and phones. refresh is tiny in the top right and never on the bottom anymore.
          The tabbing feature on phones is slow and retarded.
          Opera 12 went backwards with the UI even though the rendering engine is slightly better.
          warboat
          • Hey warboat!

            Try going to just about any Google SSL site in a Presto based version of Opera...darned browser sniffing...I stuck with O 11.64 on my Slax and Win boxes, but just a couple of days ago Google started sending a page with only one line "This browser is not supported"...that's all! No link to alternatives, nada. Oh well. FTR, my fav of all-time regarding Opera was 9.64, followed by 5.12, then 3.52 (yep, from way back when you bought Opera!)
            wizard57m-cnet
      • Surpprising...

        I remain surprised by the amount of iOS users that really believe they use Chrome.

        Worse, they usually don't trust me when I tell them it's just a shell around Safari... until a rendering test proves the point. Deception following.
        TheCyberKnight
        • I've had iPad users

          tell me they've got Word and Excel on their iPads and then show me Pages and Numbers.
          warboat
          • This shows the power of branding

            Just like word 'Kleenex' stands for tissue, 'Word' stands for word processor.
            Users do not really care what it is, as long as it does what they expect from it.
            ForeverSPb
      • Fair enough, but...

        Even if other iPad browsers are just wrappers for the Safari engine, there is merit to multiple instances of the engine, since each can have its own settings and interface. Very handy for working with multiple Microsoft or Google accounts, for example. I routinely use Safari, iCab, and Opera on my iPhone.
        josehill
      • Seriously? That's the argument you're going for?

        It's only a real browser if it uses it's own rendering engine? So Chrome is never a real browser on any platform?
        baggins_z
        • What?

          Chrome uses its own rendering engine on just about every single OS out there. :|
          Michael Alan Goff
          • Chrome uses Webkit

            which is the exact same engine Safari uses.
            baggins_z