command/menu/tool bars in IE7

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by GGR, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. GGR

    GGR Guest

    I have just installed Internet Explorer 7 and can see that many people are
    experiencing my frustrations with the arrangement of items (buttons, bars,
    icons) in the top of the browser screen. But I don't see responses that
    answer my questions all the way.
    Can someone offer explanations to me in layperson terms (ease this PAIN):

    1. Why does MS call this interface "streamlined" and claim it conserves
    screen space, when the tool bar area is twice as deep as in IE6? That big
    fat Tabs thing is eatin' up my screen!

    2. Speaking of Tabs . . . What does "browsing with tabs" do for me that
    windows in the task bar (bottom of screen) does not? Doesn't it contain the
    same info as the address bar?

    3. Why would MS "improve" the tool bar area by making it just about
    UNcustomizable? How does making the address bar a mile long improve security?

    4. Speaking of the Address Bar . . . moving it off the top row. Many
    answers here are just a link to another site where I would have to download
    and run something, or they talk about editing registry keys(?). I see the
    download warning, or the word "registry," and I stop right there cuz I don't
    know what I'm doin'.

    Sigh. I have wasted 2 hours searching for answers . . . why doesn't IE7
    just TELL me "forget about it, you ain't gonna change ANY of it" (rhetorical
    question, I know). Call me craaaazy, but when they say "customize it" I take
    them literally.

    Thank you in advance.
     
    GGR, Nov 10, 2006
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  2. GGR wrote on Thu, 9 Nov 2006 23:58:02 -0800:
    You can turn Tabs off in Options > Tabs > untick the Enable Tabs option and
    restart IE. You still won't quite get the same space as in IE6 as you can't
    move everything onto the same "line" in the menu bar, but you get rid of the
    tabs.
    Using tabs keeps all the pages within a single IE window, rather than one
    window for each page.
    The only moveable items appear to be the menu and links toolbars. I too find
    this somewhat annoying, but it's not that bad once you get used to it.
    Any toolbar that has a dotted vertical line to it's left when Lock Toolbars
    is off is moveable. Unfortunately this doesn't include the address bar, the
    icon bar, or the search box. :(

    Dan
     
    Daniel Crichton, Nov 10, 2006
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  3. GGR

    Gemmo Guest

    I moaned about this lack of 'adaptability' in the early beta stages. in IE6 I
    would have the Standard bar, Address bar, Stumbled Upon and Google on the one
    line, no text option for the icons and small icons. This meant I would only
    lose one small row of screen plus the ISP row at the top. Now I cannot do
    much because of the enormous address bar which I hardly ever use and I don't
    know anyone who wants a large address bar.

    There is also a problem with the tabs. (the same as in Firefox2) Tab
    browsing is handy, I have the BBC, Widows Live, FT.com and RadioTimes as my
    four home pages and regularly jump around. However If I am in say the second
    home page, Windows live and go searching down a long path following links,
    you would expect that click the Home Page button would restore the screen. It
    does but loads in a further 'new' four home pages to the right of the
    originals. I have tried this with XP and 2000pro and it does the same thing
    with both and as I said Firefox2 is even worse. I tried on both to repeat the
    event and eventually ended up with loads of tabs.

    I haven't explored editting the registry to change things ( I would love the
    Refresh and Stop buttons on the left) and I don't think that a package that
    purports to being streamlined and customisable should require this.
    G
     
    Gemmo, Nov 10, 2006
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    SAM-R Guest

    The reason IE7 is set up the way it is, is because it was developed using
    Vista Guidelines. IE7 is a preview of Vista.
     
    SAM-R, Nov 10, 2006
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  5. I'm sticking with IE6 after trying IE7. I even downloaded Maxthon and that
    made it a lot better but I had problems with certain websites not working,
    with one line of text on a website overlaying another and so on. None of
    those problems with Firefox, Opera, or IE6. If this is a preview of Vista,
    then I have a very, very good reason not to upgrade. If that ever becomes an
    issue down the road, I can always buy a Mac.
     
    George Slater, Nov 10, 2006
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