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Boost productivity with “accelerators” in Internet Explorer 9

Save time and increase productivity by knowing the tricks of Internet Explorer 9 by using accelerators.



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internet explorer 9

IE9 giving browsers a run for their money

Many tech-savvy business professionals today will tell you that when there’s a choice between Firefox and Internet Explorer, always choose Firefox. This is because Internet Explorer is sometimes seen as outdated and doesn’t have as many useful features as Firefox. But Internet Explorer is giving Firefox a run for its money with the accelerators feature for IE9.

What are IE9 Accelerators?

IE9 accelerators are easy-to-use add-ons that “accelerate” your web browsing experience. They make it easier to complete common tasks without having to open new tabs and never leaving your current page, so you can continue with your work without wasting time. IE9 Accelerators streamline your Internet Explorer experience by providing accelerators to help you get things done, and quickly.

Available Accelerators

The newest version of Internet Explorer— IE9—comes with a few default accelerators to get you started. These include mapping an address quickly or even looking up a definition for industry jargon that you may not be familiar with. Other accelerators include translating a selected portion of text, searching a phrase on Bing, and even emailing content through Windows Live with only just a few clicks of the mouse.

How To Use the Accelerators

Using the accelerators is easy. If you want to translate a portion of the text, for instance, you just have to highlight it and right click. You’ll see your accelerator options. All you have to do is hover over the correct accelerator and you’ll see a preview box of what it will look like. Oftentimes, this is all you need to do to get the information you need. This works for looking up definitions and mapping locations, too. If you decide you’d like to open a new tab with an accelerator, that’s an option also. You would simply click on the accelerator you want to use and it will open it up for you quickly.

While you’ll have access to the default accelerators from the very beginning, you’re not limited to just those. You can right click on any selected text and choose the “All Accelerators” option. This will bring up an extensive list of your accelerating options, making your personal and professional lives that much easier.

The IE9 accelerators are just one more weapon for your professional arsenal. It will save you time and increase your productivity, as all your regular actions are just a right-click away. Even if you’re not an avid Internet Explorer user, it may be worth a brief switch just to try it out. Maybe this is the productivity secret you’ve been looking for.

The American Genius Staff Writer: Charlene Jimenez earned her Master's Degree in Arts and Culture with a Creative Writing concentration from the University of Denver after earning her Bachelor's Degree in English from Brigham Young University in Idaho. Jimenez's column is dedicated to business and technology tips, trends and best practices for entrepreneurs and small business professionals.

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  1. Roland Estrada

    June 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I always find AG’s IE articles amusing. Someone is always trying to give voice to an increasingly irrelevant browser. The stats are proof positive on that point. I think all the annoyances are not worth whatever tie-ins there are to the Windows ecosystem. People use Chrome, Firefox and Safari because these browsers just get out of your way and let you work and play.
    Part of the reason IE is still around is because of users who will never change and users that are stuck using it because of lazy developers that won’t write for anything other than IE. It certainly isn’t because of the fabulous UI or user experience. Too bad people choose to wallow in mediocrity.  

  2. Jack Cassedy

    June 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Here is how you can boost your productivity with Internet Explorer. Step 1 – Download Google Chrome. Step 2 – Install Google Chrome. Step 3 – Profit.

    • Roland Estrada

      June 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm

       @Ann Arbor Real Estate I’m glad I’m not alone on this. I just don’t get this irrational need to hang on to Internet Explorer. 

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Facebook Messenger for Firefox launched, browsing gets social

Facebook Messenger for Firefox is now live, and users can interact with Facebook while visiting any website or page that can be browsed in Firefox, saving steps and truly integrating social into browsing.



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facebook messenger for firefox

Facebook Messenger for Firefox users

As a means of integrating social into Firefox users’ experience, Facebook Messenger has launched as part of the browser, built on a new Social API for the web, and because roughly 20 percent of all time spent online is on social networks, Firefox has sought to organically make that a part of their browser. Users need to update to the latest Firefox, then click “Turn On” on the Facebook Messenger for Firefox Page, and Facebook chat and updates pop up right in the sidebar of Firefox.

Here’s how it works:
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Marrying social with browsing

As shown in the video above, when the feature is enabled, you’ll get a social sidebar which includes Facebook updates and chat, and you can like new comments, tag photos, and get notifications for messages, friend requests and more, turning Firefox into a little Facebooking machine.

The company says the integration is the beginning of making the browser more social, adding that more support for other features and multiple providers is on the way.

“Mozilla is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web,” the company said in a statement, “and we can’t wait to see what cool Web experiences developers will build on our Social API. We want to build a social standard for the Web to give developers more opportunities and users more choice, much like we did with our work on OpenSearch. Imagine using the Firefox sidebar, toolbar buttons and even an AwesomeBar button for news, music, finances, email, group projects and more.”

When users do not wish to be available, Facebook Messenger can be disabled altogether, or simply “hide” the sidebar which will put it away and stop notifications so you can focus.

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Google chrome keeps getting faster and faster

When people get frustrated with the speed of their internet, they often blame their service provider, but the culprit could be an outdated web browser. Google Chrome continues to get faster and faster over time, while others appear to be degrading.



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google chrome

Not all browsers are created equal

How do you decide which browser to use? Do you use Internet Explorer because it’s what you’ve always used? How about Firefox? Do you use it because it’s potentially the most common and your contacts have recommended it? Or, do you use Chrome because it’s new and fresh? There are other browsers, but these are some of the main ones. The truth is that all browsers are not created equal. Which browser you choose ultimately depends on what you want out of it.

Let’s take a quick look at Chrome, namely its speed. According to the Google Chrome Blog, one of Chrome’s core principles is speed. As such, Google tests and improves Chrome’s speed regularly. And regularly for Google means every six weeks. They liken it to a car mechanic who comes to replace your engine every six weeks. However, it seems as though Chrome is simply enhanced every six weeks, not completely replaced.

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How Chrome is increasing its speed

One way that Chrome continues to increase speed is to diminish and severely lessen wait times, including waiting for the browser to start up and waiting for a dialog box to completely open and load. Chrome has also enabled tests to automatically detect when there is a code issue that slows or may slow it down, both in the long term and in the short term.

Chrome measures speed and overall performance through Octane scores, which “is a JavaScript benchmark [they] designed to measure performance of real-world applications on the modern web.” Compared to last year, Chrome reports seeing a 26% increase from last year’s score. And they promise to continue increasing the speed and maintaining and improving stability, as both are key to Chrome’s success.

When it comes to browsers, you definitely have options. But, if you want speed and precision, it looks like Chrome might be a great option. They’ve already made great progress and improvements, but the best part is that they promise to continue making progress. Just because they are fast today doesn’t mean they aren’t striving to be even faster tomorrow, making Chrome a great browser for both your professional and personal lives.

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Privacyfix: browser extension shows who’s tracking you, what to do about it

Everyone knows that by the mere act of using the web, we are all leaking information like a sieve, but Privacyfix shows you where the leaks are and how to fix them.



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privacyfix web privacy tool

Do you really know who is tracking you online?

Online privacy. It’s a major issue that can be confusing, frustrating, and very violating. You already know that you can adjust your privacy settings on sites like Google, Twitter, and Facebook, but do you know which changes will affect which information on your account? The more concerning question is do you know which sites are tracking you and storing your information? Well, there’s a free solution – Privacyfix, a Chrome and Firefox extension.

In order to keep yourself and your private information protected and secure and still be able to use your favorite sites, it’s crucial that you understand every site’s privacy settings. Just a few tweaks here and there can fortify your browsing experience and give you peace of mind. The truth is, most of the sites you probably visit track you one way or another. Some want to see what you’re searching for and which sites you’re visiting and others will use targeted ads based on content in your sent and received emails. These sites make ample money off of your information, and it’s time to take back the control.

Privacyfix goes one step further

Privacyfix will show you what information is being tracked and which site is doing the tracking. But Privacyfix takes it one step further. It will actually provide you with a detailed list of which privacy settings you need to update to protect certain types of information. Privacyfix gives you the information you need to make the right privacy changes. These sites shouldn’t be given access and permission to track you by default. But, unfortunately, that’s how it usually works. You can put an immediate stop to it by simply using this free extension for either Firefox or Chrome.

Our modern times have shown us that some people are unworried and completely open to sharing every detail of their private lives with a world of strangers. And, let’s be honest; this is incredibly dangerous, no matter if you’re using it for personal or professional purposes. Information is king, but there should be some separation between your professional life and your home life with your loved ones. Too much of your information out in the open can lead to more trouble than it’s worth.

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