3 Features You Might Actually Like About Internet Explorer 10

Microsoft has spent over $1 billion advertising Windows 8 and its associated programs – like Internet Explorer 10. But should you pay attention to all of this hoopla? Or should you ignore it like you’ve ignored previous versions of Internet Explorer?

Well, as much as people hate to admit, Internet Explorer 10 is actually pretty good. And if that detailed and ringing endorsement doesn’t convince you, here are three awesome IE10 features that just might:

3) Full-screen browsing experience

If you’re the type of person who appreciates a minimalistic interface, then you’re probably reading this article on Google Chrome, which provided the most minimalistic browsing experience prior to the release of Internet Explorer 10.

Unfortunately for Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 offers the most minimalistic browsing experience in the world. It’s so minimalistic, in fact, that you don’t see a menu at all when you’re browsing. IE10 has adopted a full-screen interface that offers the maximum possible amount of real estate on your screen.

To get an idea of what the full-screen browsing experience can look like, press F11 on your keyboard if you’re using Chrome, Firefox, or previous versions of IE. Some might find this change jolting, but it creates an immersive browsing experience. But how do you access the address bar and other important features? Read the next tip.

2) The power of right-click

If you’ve been using Windows 8, then you’ve probably noticed how different the right-click button is. When right-clicking on a blank desktop space, you’re greeted with a large menu with an extensive array of options that looks nothing like the right-click menu from previous versions of Windows.

In IE10, the right-click button brings up a similar interface – except this time, the right-click interface actually feels useful. After pressing right-click in IE10, users can view a list of webpages and instantly swap between them. An address bar also appears along the bottom, and users can access settings options directly from this area.

The new right-click menu might take some getting used to, but once you do, it’s an absolute gem to work with. And for those ‘purists’ out there, Ctrl+T still opens a new tab.

1) The ability to disable location sharing

As a Canadian, I’m always encountering the “Content not available in your area” message on YouTube and other video/music sharing websites. It’s frustrating, and it makes me feel like a second-class citizen of the internet compared to Americans with their fancy copyright laws and legal distribution options.

And this is why I like Internet Explorer 10’s location awareness setting. Users can disable location awareness in Internet Explorer 10, which doesn’t just prevent websites from knowing which street you live on, but also which country you’re from. That means no more region-based content locking – and also better privacy.

Of course, location awareness does have its benefits. If you’re looking for local businesses – like restaurants – then Google uses location information to find restaurants near your area. But since the feature can easily be enabled or disabled, this shouldn’t be a problem. Just disable it when you want to watch TV shows on Comedy Central, then enable it when you want to find a good place to take a date.

To access this feature, go to the Charms bar by moving to the right side of your screen or by pressing Windows Key + C. Then, click Settings and find Internet Options. Move the Ask for location option to the off position and you can start consuming all of the content you could ever want.

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