So, what’s wrong with Internet Explorer?
Internet Explorer is software created by Microsoft and chances are you’ve used it for years. It comes installed on all versions of Windows for a long time now, Including Windows 10, starting in the mid 90’s. It has not been improved upon for many years and may not know how to display websites that use modern technology invented long after development stopped on Internet Explorer.
Although that sounds bad, the websites you visit may still work just fine. If so, there is no need to change. Feel free to ride IE all the way until it’s no longer usable.
If that day comes when you must move away from IE, Microsoft has replaced Internet Explorer in Windows 10 with Microsoft Edge. No other version of Windows comes with Edge. It cannot be installed on any other version of Windows. Windows 7 is being retired in Jan, 2020. If you are using Windows 7 or 8, you should upgrade to Windows 10 while the upgrade is still free. With Windows 10, everyone should have access to Microsoft Edge once running Windows 10.
Of course, there are other alternatives to IE and Edge including the most popular browser currently available – Google Chrome. Firefox is also available along with lesser known browsers. However, our current recommendation is Google Chrome for all Internet use. Since the beginning of time we automatically install Chrome on all computers. All browsers can co-exist on your computer without interfering with each other. It’s good to have a second browser in the event something doesn’t work with your default browser. It may due to a compatibility issue with the website, one browser is suddenly junked up, or it stops working for some reason.
Notable Item: Soon, Microsoft Edge will be completely revamped and made available based on the same core software as Chrome. That tells us that Chrome must be on the right path.
Converting to Chrome
Internet Explorer and Edge are installed in Windows 10 by default. Chrome and Firefox must be installed to use them. You can hop from one to the other and they are completely separate. IE can be used with moderate success for those who have a hard time letting go.
To convert to Chrome, do the following:
- Start Internet Explorer like normal.
- If you don’t have Chrome installed, go here to the download page and click the “Download Chrome” button.
- Click the “Accept and Install” button.
- You may see a “Run” button at the bottom of the screen. Click it.
- It may also download automatically.
- When all done, you should see the icon below on your desktop. Chrome may also be running automatically.
- Close and restart Chrome twice to answer the questions posed. If you already have a Google Gmail account, you may enter it to sync your bookmarks with Google. We typically recommend this. If not, ignore the request.
There’s not much to configure. When installed you will see Chrome open up. Scroll down and agree to the prompt showing. You may see a second prompt asking if you want to start “syncing”.This is not necessary at this time, but if you already have a Gmail address, you may enter it now. If all your computing devices are logged into Google using Chrome, bookmarks and various other things will synchronize among all your machines. This works really well.
Chances are you will want to import your Internet Explorer Favorites.
- Start Chrome.
- Click the three vertical dots at the upper right corner.
- Click Bookmarks > Show Bookmarks Bar
- Repeat by clicking the three dots > Bookmarks > Import Bookmarks and Settings.
- Change the browser to import from to “Internet Explorer”.
- Click the “Import” button.
- You are done
A few things to note
- Websites should appear the same, better, or faster using Chrome instead of Internet Explorer.
- Website will function the same or better. Nothing to relearn.
- The only change is bookmarks and how they are created. When you are at a website you want to save, click the star icon at the upper right. It will appear on the bookmark bar at the top. When the bar is full, it will start to appear on the right side after clicking the small double arrows on the right side.
When you are at a site that you want to save, do the following:
- Click the ‘Star” icon to the right of the address bar
- You can see what folder you are saving the bookmark in. Typically you want to select “Bookmarks Bar”.
- When clicking on the Star icon, you are given a chance to name the bookmark at that time, then click “Done”.
- Your bookmark will appear in the bookmark bar at the top of Chrome.
- You may delete or change the name by right clicking and selecting “Delete” or “Edit”.
- You may click and drag the bookmark left or right to change the order of the bookmarks.
- Once the top bar is filled, it will start adding bookmarks down the right side indicated by a tiny arrow on the right side of the bookmark bar. You may click and drag bookmarks from the right side to the top bookmark bar if you wish. Keeping the name of the bookmarks short enables you to squeeze more bookmarks in the top bar.