Launching Favorites from the Address Bar with Keyword Names

Here is a tip to make your IE favorites more powerful. 
You can make the name of favorites keywords that if typed in the address bar will launch the favorite.
For example, say you like to go to your favorite web email site a lot, but you don’t want to make it your home page. 
Simply add a favorite that takes you to the web email site in the main favorites folder (this won’t work if you put it in a subfolder).  Then rename the favorite to something easy to type.  For example, I go to for my web email, so I renamed mine to “mail”. 
Now when I type “mail” in the address bar of IE it goes to


Comments (54)

  1. Anonymous says:

    isn’t that what those convenient "Links" buttons are for? 😉

    one click vs. one click (set focus in Address field) + 5 keystrokes (mail + <enter>)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Any plans to extend this functionality in the manner of Mozilla’s <a href="">bookmark keywords</a>? For those who haven’t used it: Mozilla lets you assign a keyword (rather than having to rename it) to any bookmark, including those in subfolders, and it will be accessible by typing its name in the location bar (address bar).

    If the URL of the bookmark has the string ‘%s’ in it you can type the keyword followed by a space and some other terms and those terms will be substituted for the ‘%s’ in the URL. So if you have a bookmark with the keyword ‘g’ and the URL ‘‘, then a Google search is as easy as "g my search"

    You can get some really powerful features out of this and javascript bookmarklets.

  3. Anonymous says:

    And on the subject of bookmarklets, it would be really, really nice if the next version of IE dropped the 508 character limit on bookmarks. It’s a pretty big barrier to doing cool things with bookmarklets (although workarounds are available, as discussed in my (pimp) article: )

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hmm, how long has this feature been a part of IE? If it’s been there all along, perhaps it’s not being publicized enough.

    As Rory mentioned, it would be nice if this feature were extended to match (or even exceed) the functionality available in Mozilla/Firefox. I couldn’t live without Firefox’s Smart Keywords 😀

  5. Anonymous says:

    A nice tip. Definitely something that will keep IE users coming back here to read more about such tricks.

    I think if the next IE comes with some features that can help power users to customize their web experience that would be really cool. For beginners keep IE as easy it is now, but let power users do more without confusing power users. One such thing is being able to do things like assigning keywords to different urls.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, I would have to say the single biggest wake-up call when I try and use IE at a friend’s house or something, is the behaviour of the URI bar.

    In Firefox, when you type a word without spaces or a ., that is obviously not a URI, it takes you to the first Google hit for that word. I’ve come to depend on this behaviour so deeply.

    If I’m looking for a business in Seattle, for instance…I have no idea what their URI is… I just type the business name and then Seattle, and 19 out of 20 times, I get the best hit for them. There are countless times that this has been useful to me. Moreso even than tabbed browsing.

    So I guess I should speak up and say why I only use IE when I have to now. For one thing, an alternative browser (Firefox) finally got stable enough to use as my regular browser. I write web applications and even though there’s ups and downs, ultimately Firefox is better because of its committment to standards compliance, and making the browsing experience the least annoying.

    When I use IE occasionally, it’s still a shock sometimes to get popup windows again. I think, god, I forgot about those. How annoying.

    Tabbed browsing is cool, but the coolest thing about it is the ability to group tools….I just put them in a Bookmarks folder, and then "Open All in Tabs". Bam, I have all my Email clients, and phpPgAdmin. So lovely.

    I can tell that you guys have something up your sleeve, and that something cool is coming, even pre-longhorn.

    But really, you’ve alienated me pretty deeply. Why didn’t you support SVG, an awesome technology. Plus, standards are there for a reason. The Wc3 is a body of smart people who do more harm than good. Why does IE 6 have so many important XHML/CSS flaws?

    The web could be easy for everyone. I’m an HTML/CSS educator, and I can’t just teach people how easy markup is, I have to teach them a bunch of hacks. IE has damaged how accessible the web and web publishing is to the average person, and I have some pretty bad feelings about it. I know you could have made this a priority and you didn’t.

    Why didn’t you? I know no organization can be bug free, but Mozilla made standards compliance a real issue and did a good job. I know you people are brilliant, and not stupid. So that leaves some unfortunate priorities as the explination. Care to tell us what they are?

  7. Anonymous says:

    hehehehe, I meant that the W3C has done more GOOD than HARM…I’m sure you’ll agree.

    And jeez, now that you got me started, let me just add that it is actually a little insulting that people have brought up all these valid points, and you’re posting about typing the name of a link in the URI bar.

    Communication with the faceless identity that was once IE is important to me, and a lot of other web developers, whether they admit it or not. So why get started with this crappy fluff?

    P.S. I run Win2k, so I have no idea what magnificent enhancements Service Pack whatever has. I mean really, lots of people depend on IE and an XP service pack ONLY solution is really just…lame.

  8. Anonymous says:

    this blog posting signals a bad sign for future developments.

    please don’t even blog if its going to be useless stuff like this.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Lmao 😀 why post stuff like this at a DEVELOPER blog ??

    I’d expect this at a NEWBIE blog :-/

  10. Anonymous says:

    No where on the first blog for this site did it say this was solely a developer blog. It’s "information on IE…" I’m a big fan of tips and tricks, nobody has heard of them all so why not share them? My personal favourite, ALT+D to put focus on the address bar.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Guys – before you go off on another blog comment rampage about features, and timing and platforms – ENOUGH ALREADY – I THINK THEY GOT THE MESSAGE!!!!

    Now can we just get on with reading the blog please? If you don’t think the ieblog is aimed at your *alleged* level then don’t read it – simple.

  12. Anonymous says:

    This is the sort of thing that you see all over Windows and IE. TweakUI reveals most of the functionality that has otherwise been hidden (such as customising search prefixes for the address bar a-la Opera) but even that doesn’t reveal everything.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Daniel think twice or actually more than twice when you bash Microsoft or IE Team. I am saying that because many people read slashdot and various online magazines which has no credibility and believe in every lie they spread about Microsoft and IE.

    "But really, you’ve alienated me pretty deeply. Why didn’t you support SVG, an awesome technology."

    I like SVG but what you say makes no sense at all. Zero, Zip, None. Because SVG has been in development while IE team was developing IE 6, and when they put it out there SVG was still not there. Lots of things have changed in SVG and SVG is still not complete yet. In addition, why do you think Mozilla doesn’t still support SVG? Right after you accuse Microsoft you praise Mozilla, yet you don’t talk about Mozilla’s lack of SVG support. Can you answer these first, or are you one of the usual slashdotters?

    "Plus, standards are there for a reason. The Wc3 is a body of smart people who do more harm than good. "

    I agree that W3C is doing more harm than good. What was the point of XHTML? It doesn’t give anything, except web designers trying to play the moral game to make more money through converting existing sites to XHTML. Everything works with HTML already, nobody is complaining, nobody wanted to have XHTML except few elists who thought that it would be cool if XML is used in HTML. That wasn’t a bad idea, but to be able to make everything semantically correct, they ended up screwing everything.

    "Why does IE 6 have so many important XHML/CSS flaws?"

    How many of them are really important? You simply try to exaggarate the number of the bugs. I think few are important, but not all of them. Certainly your previous wrong claim give us a tip about this particular claim. Instead of just accusing people, why don’t you put some thought into your critism. You sound like other slashotters.

    "The web could be easy for everyone."

    What’s so hard about web today?

    "I’m an HTML/CSS educator, and I can’t just teach people how easy markup is, I have to teach them a bunch of hacks."

    Well, first you complained about XHTML/CSS and now HTML/CSS? I don’t know which hacks you are talking about. The only major issue with IE was the box model, and IE 6 fixed that issue. There are still some minor issues, but it doesn’t look like you are here to address them but rather to flame people.

    "IE has damaged how accessible the web and web publishing is to the average person, and I have some pretty bad feelings about it."

    That’s the most stupid statement I have ever read. More and more people go to web using their computers and IE. The web in fact become web thanks to IE. I had to retrieve my first browser, Netscape, through an ftp site somewhere on the internet. Once Windows had IE, everybody was able to access to the web. I don’t know why you lie, but first correct these outrageous lies.

    "I know you could have made this a priority and you didn’t."

    Yeah, flame and lie more.

    "Why didn’t you?"

    Why do you lie, first explain that!

    "I know no organization can be bug free, but Mozilla made standards compliance a real issue and did a good job."

    Obviously you haven’t done enough with mozilla to know its bugs.

    "I know you people are brilliant, and not stupid. So that leaves some unfortunate priorities as the explination. "

    Let’s be smart here. The only thing you can flame them here is why they didn’t update their browsers in a timely fashion. Fix some important issues that can make some people’s lives easier.

    "Care to tell us what they are?"

    Can you tell us why you lie and carry some slashdot tactics and lies here?

    "And jeez, now that you got me started, let me just add that it is actually a little insulting that people have brought up all these valid points, and you’re posting about typing the name of a link in the URI bar."

    You are the insulting slashdotter here, not IE team. You are just looking for excuses to insult them, because you think it is free and enjoyable. You are insulting us though, we are here to share, to force Microsoft to release an IE earlier, fix some important issues, not to see your insults and idiotic logic.

    "Communication with the faceless identity that was once IE is important to me, and a lot of other web developers, whether they admit it or not. So why get started with this crappy fluff?"

    That’s why you should go to slashdot and read your important news from there rather than here. This is not for idiots.

    "P.S. I run Win2k, so I have no idea what magnificent enhancements Service Pack whatever has. I mean really, lots of people depend on IE and an XP service pack ONLY solution is really just…lame."

    What the hell does that mean, one more stupid insult? When you run debian, you do apt-get update and upgrade to update your mozilla etc… Similarly that’s the same with redhat. Let’s stop being an idiot.

  14. Anonymous says:

    And you are a developer? Jeesh, i thought they were busy with FINALLY making IE a better browser.

    If that are the things that we can except here, then i’ll be very disappointed.

    I (and I think a lot of web developers with me) want DATES and TIMES when there will be an Internet Explorer who can handdle simple things like the web standards, HTML 4.01, CSS 2.1

    But when I see such posts here, I’ll die a little bit…

  15. Anonymous says:


    XHTML actually serves a purpose. It ensures that the pages are well-formed so it makes it easier to parse the page, otherwise you end up with dodgy HTML all over the internet that gets parsed in different ways by different parsers.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I thought there might have been some rational, valid points, but, ironically (but perhaps not surprisingly), it seems that Alex’s post devolved into a self-righteous, name-calling frenzy by the end.

    Why the flame bait? Let the religion go. And grow up a little.

  17. Anonymous says:


    Learn a lesson from other threads here and in Alex’s case, let sleeping dogs lie. Note how he counters many of Dan’s valid points with name calling and ranting, thats all you’ll get.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Dextro: no I am not a developer, why the hell do you assume that everybody who opposes your views has to be from Microsoft? You can’t accept the fact that an independent person can find your slashdot views stupid?


    "XHTML actually serves a purpose. It ensures that the pages are well-formed so it makes it easier to parse the page, otherwise you end up with dodgy HTML all over the internet that gets parsed in different ways by different parsers."

    Anon, the problem with XHTML is some of the zealocy surrounding it and refusal to acknowledge the problems with it. XHTML made it harder to use tables, if you want to be valid XHTML you go through some pain to be able to do everything right. They had this great idea about semantic web, and that forced many people to use different techniques, but some of these new techniques which idiots want to call as standards, are not ready for the prime time. People spend too much time to get everything right, and in many cases you can’t get what you want if you want to be "standard-complaint". In the meantime, you have many idiots accusing people all over the web for being anti-standards if they don’t do what they want.

    However, there are other funny things going on, for example the very same idiots who want people to move to XHTML turn out to be the biggest beneficiary, because there are lots of sites which work with HTML and these people turn out to be web designers. Zeldman himself admitted that the word standards is a propaganda word to get people on the board. By the way, I respect Zeldman, and he is quite different than his many idiot followers. So it is not necessarily about looking from a different angle, it is the zealocy (idiocy) around that view which creates the problems. W3C, XHTML, CSS are treated as holy entities, furthermore these idiots change the meaning of standards, like if you use tables you are not standards-complaint even though according to the spec you are standards complaint. But many people have valid points against XHTML, but we are unable to talk about them, because people do not want to deal with these idiots (well except me as you see 🙂 )

    Also the assumption with XHTML was that there would be tools that will handle all the hassle of creating perfect tags, but turns out that many people still use text editors, they copy paste code, and xhtml makes web less accessible to the average person. Of course XHTML is even a pain for developers themselves. My real problem is that, we are going in a direction where zealocy are the only option in front of people. I think that’s wrong and there are differnet views, issues which have to be addressed and discussed. But because of these idiots, people feel scared and can not even express any sorts of critisim, instead weak ones join the zealots thinking that they are doing something good.

    Jason: Flamebait is sometimes necessary when you think you are dealing with a slashdotter. 🙂 You will find rational and valid points in all my posts. The problem is that, people think the slashdot view is the norm, or the alistapart view is the norm, because that’s what they read on the web, but in reality these issues are quite complex and you really need to be careful about what you say. I find these idiots the biggest obstacle for the future of web and technology. I am seeing very reasonable people getting scared to death to say antyhing against XHTML, they literally fear that someone can come in and accuse him/her for being anti-standards or whatever. I do of course raise important points here related with problems in IE, but I find it more important to be a balancing factor against these idiots. I don’t want to be restricted by alistapart, and I don’t want to say everytime I want to criticize W3C or XHTML that how much I actually love them and actually I am pro-standards. That’s what people do now, they have to apologize to raise important valid points. So it is more important to get rid of zealocy and idiocy around these issues before going into the main issue. Significant number of people coming here do not raise important issues, but expressing their zealocy and idiocy.

    As you just saw above, Dextro is so stupid that he can not imagine a person like himself outside the Microsoft to raise such opinions. He probably thinks that everybody outside of Microsoft has to hate Microsoft and support all the views bashing Microsoft for valid or invalid reasons.

  19. Anonymous says:

    hi Guys..

    Good to see that tip from scott..

    Here is few more.. If u already know it, pls ignore me for the inconvenience..

    Just type ‘hotmail’ in the address bar and Ctrl+Enter in the browser it adds the ‘www.’ & ‘.com’ to it.

    If u really want to have two outlook session running on your box.. Try this..

    Just enter ‘Microsoft Outlook’ in the address bar it will open your outlook.



  20. Anonymous says:

    Oh lord Alex…you keep mentioning Alistapart and Slashdot (the first which must be much less popular, I haven’t heard of it..) and yet no one here has. They are not part of any Slashdot "zealot" group-think tank.

    Second, I haven’t heard anyone here talk about standards like a religion. Would they be wrong for wanting better Javascript support in IE3 (in 1995 or so :))? CSS is important for the web and of course you know why, or what are your specific problems with it?

    Now as for this IE blog entry (something not exactly interesting or communicative from MS–in fact, the tone and just unhelpfulness of it looks like it’s verbose from some Windows Help document—even most of the comments here are talking about other things).

    I was cynical when the blog came out, and now I am very, very cynical. Down the rabbit hole we go?

  21. Anonymous says:

    be nice if there was a developer’s edition of windows 6, one that includes lots of tools for customising, including IE – making it customisable to look at header, change user agents etc. (I know mozilla has it, I mean in the broader sense – windows for ‘power users’ or people who know what a registry key is).

  22. Anonymous says:

    also, IE in longhorn/ie 7 – will it launch with as the homepage still? Let’s hope not, this is the type of thing that I think annoys people most about Microsoft: i.e forcing things onto people. Unless it’s google of course

  23. Anonymous says:

    Head in hand, Scott, IE Developer, stares over his morning coffee with despair. "Why do they keep talking about Firefox? If I wanted all the features of Firefox, I would download Firefox. The key here is product…product differenciationablility." he sighs, loud and heavy, blowing steam from over his coffee cup.

    "But m-m-maybe they have some good … points?" Ah! the idealistic whines of the doubter!

    "Look, kid, if we listened to them, we’d just package Firefox with Windows. If we listened to them, we’d just have a bloated Firefox with some extra feature thingys. If we listened to them, they’d still be killing us in market share, because we still wouldn’t have a better browser. Remember that, kid – they’re not going to help us that much"

    "But…I mean…we could use better standards support…CSS…and, you know, um, things?"

    "Ask yourself, kid, would people rather have…two or three new tags for webpages that nobody’ll use because they’ll still have to support legacy browsers, or a Media Center? A Media Center, yeah, great idea, I thought so. Now go think of ways to integrate MSN Search into the browser. We don’t have enough of those. I’m thinking that maybe, if it’s taking a while to load a page, it loads MSN search in the meantime? or for downloads, it does a MSN search about it? in a sidebar? maybe it searches your intranet if you’re running one of our tools?"

  24. Anonymous says:

    Well, I for one thought it was a perfectly good tip. Keep up the good work guys!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Whatever happened to the other useful stuff like kb:##### that would take you straight to a KnowledgeBase article?

  26. Anonymous says:

    nate, I guess it’s not a bad tip at all–pretty neat that Explorer/Iexplorer (different or not?) have the auto-complete/fetch, I guess it has something to do with favorites being in folders; but I speak for myself and say that the worry about the blog being a bit less than MJ-esque disguised PR could be well-founded. The cynicism (e.g., product not being upgraded in more than 2 years) is valid IMO.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Is anyone else irritated by the American spelling of "favourite"? It’s not localized to the right spelling on my machine even though my Regional Options are set to "English (Canada)".

    Of course, Microsoft isn’t the only offender. The W3C insists on misspelling "colour". It still trips me out in my coding sometimes. Ugh.

  28. Anonymous says:

    I tried to stay away from posting anything on this blog, but..!!

    – Why rename??

    – Why fav in folder won’t work?

    – When can I have more than one fav with same title in SAME folder?? IE uses title as filename. What a wonderful idea 🙂

    – When will I have to copy just single file to backup my folders??

    Oh well, but this blog is not to answer our questions and give timeline!!

    There are already hundreds of web site for IE tips for the IE which was "invented" 5/6 years ago. I don’t see any point in posting tips for 5 year old browser. Post something that is new.

    I would refrain from giving any suggestions on this blog and waste my time. Show me that MS can innovate and then ask for feedback!

  29. Anonymous says:

    Alex…I don’t think I can fairly be called a slashdotter, since I have never posted there and don’t read it much. I can see you’re upset at my post, and am not sure why.

    You accused me of lying, but lying is to willfully spread misinformation. It’s possible that I am UNDERinformed, but I certainly was not TRYING to paint an uncharacteristic picture.

    I did not think my post was as unfair as you painted it.

    As for XHTML/HTML/CSS compliance, I think that the compliance problems in IE6 are signifigant and cause web development to be a more complex process. My main problems are:

    – Lack of the :hover psuedoclass for non-links.

    – Lack of support for min-width, max-width and max-height

    – Lack of support for background-attachment

    – Windowed elements (like select boxes) don’t follow the z-index guidelines.

    This last one cost one of our clients dearly for IE support, as we developed a solution where we had to use fake I-Frames as covers for windowed elements.

    You may think that HTML 4 is good enough, and that standards based zealots like Zeldman/A List Apart folks are fools, but I don’t agree. Yes, they can be a little annoying, but I think they are fighting the good fight.

    They are trying to make reliable, simple web publishing accessable to everyone, not just people who can pay for Microsoft technologies. Web technologies are becoming a very integral part of how the world communicates. I don’t think it’s fractious to try and find some important "best practices" for how this information is packaged and disseminated.

    Having an independant standards body is a good idea, and I think the W3C has done a good job of it. They are pretty slow moving but their standards are useful and well-thought out.

    Nothing can force Microsoft to do anything to benefit the internet community at some small short-term expense to their business model, but I certainly wish that they would take a more humanitarian view considering the position of power that they are in.

  30. Anonymous says:

    "Alex…I don’t think I can fairly be called a slashdotter, since I have never posted there and don’t read it much. I can see you’re upset at my post, and am not sure why."

    I apologize if it wasn’t your intention.

    I disagree on the claim that problems are significant. You listed 4 of them, there are more of course, but out of 4 only 1 is really important and that’s min-width, max-width etc… You can find a solution to other problems easily. The last one is not IE’s problem really, it is a windows programming issue.

    Alistapart are not the good guys here. They are not fighting with microsoft technologies, that’s a weird and wrong look at the problem. They don’t offer average users to replace microsoft technologies, which you seem to hate to use and don’t want people to use. What they are doing is capitalizing on the word standard. I can use XHTML too, you know, it doesn’t mean I am doing that because a list apart wants me to do. Thousands of sites who choose to use xhtml, one way or another doesn’t use it because a list apart said so. I didn’t say W3C is a bad idea, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have any problems. Their standards are not smart at all, I see that all the time. I never saw a person getting css or xhtml the first time. It nees lots of practice and months to get it really right. W3C screwed up very badly. A List Apart’s main goal is to find jobs to its members. They are advertising themselves using "standards". Check out google with web standards, who shows up first. W3C or Alistapart’s web standards project? That’s not a good fight, that’s cheating people, capitalizing on the hard works of w3c and browser makers and other people who teach w3c technologies without using the word standards. You can buy a css or xhtml book but if you believe in alistapart’s lies you probably feel that you should buy zeldman’s book, because its title is designing with web standards. W3C has to stay away from this utopic semantic web thing and correct xhtml. Btw alistapart is not the only resource for css, and xhtml. I also use css you know.

    HTML 4 is goog enough, and you couldn’t show me to believe that it is not. I know xhtml and html, you can do pretty much everything with html and xhtml by its history is an attempt to convert html to xhtml, not to make html any better related to showing web pages. There is a reason why new products, programs still use html, I hope one day you sit down and check out those reasons. I have spent quite a lot of time to decide which doctype should I use, made extensive research, I don’t just say html 4 is good enough, I know it. All xhtml seem to give you is this logo you can put in your site which shows that you mastered all and that you are the most "standardest" in the world, and that you are good and saving the world from Microsoft or evil html users or whatever …..

    What is the use of the term business model have anything to do with IE here? What do you imply and how do you know it? I would agree with your last statement, but we also should be careful about Microsoft bashers. We can’t respect everybody who said Microsoft should do something this or that way because Microsoft is the biggest guy in town. Remember many people bash Microsoft anyway and we have supported them we might hurt ourselves. Just one simple example, if Apple had won the GUI lawsuit against Microsoft, we would end up paying Apple thousands of dollars more just to be able to do something in our computers. Computers wouldn’t be cheap and Apple would be the biggest monopoly. You can’t base your arguments and attacks on the fact that Microsoft is the biggest, you are still obligated to show why.

  31. Anonymous says:

    ‘Favorite’ Tip from IE Blog

  32. Anonymous says:

    The only thing that this tip does for me is show me how much better the implementation of it in Firefox is. I *was* wondering how you set the focus to the addressbar in IE though. Now that I know, I have to say again that it is much less natural than CTRL-L in Firefox. At least it’s there though.

    Personally I think that the biggest IE problems are its broken support for fixed positioning (that could eliminate a lot of framed sites which is good for us all!), the lack of hack-less PNG transparency, and no :hover on non-links. In the end, I would be happy if they would just fix some of the rendering bugs, particularly the hyper-aggravating peek-a-boo bug.

    Lastly, riding on a few earlier comments – I think that XHTML is very important for the validation reason. Valid code goes a long way to avoiding browser bugs and it teaches people how to code correctly. The barrier to entry with HTML is ridiculously low as it is, raising the bar to at least knowing proper syntax isn’t going to make it obsolete.

    As far as the tables argument goes, tables are being used incorrectly in HTML 4. Tables for layout will still validate as XHTML just as easily as HTML 4. It’s just better design to not use kludges for layout. Unfortunately I’ve noticed that a lot of anti-table zealots still don’t take the time to learn valid code and they go crazy with nested divs which can be just as bad (and actually worse) when it comes to trying to read the markup.

  33. Anonymous says:

    I’m sure this is a very stupid question for all you pros, but I would just be glad if I had an address bar. New computer, new user – and if I ever had an address bar, it’s gone now. What do I do to get it back? Help

  34. Anonymous says:

    Ty si ale pekny blbecek, Alex.

  35. Anonymous says:

    "Now when I type “mail” in the address bar of IE it goes to;

    Why bother? You could just type "hotmail" in your address bar and then hit ctrl + enter. This will auto complete your entry w/ "http://&quot; and ".com".

  36. Anonymous says:

    The truth is that Microsoft has a habit of producing bad software – probably due to being closed sourced and the limited minds can’t produce anything else. It "looks" pretty on the outside, but, that’s as far as the beauty goes.

    Linux is a wonderful product, which is winning the OS war, by the way, despite what you want to believe, because practically the entire world is working on it in some way – it’s open source. The source code for Microsoft products is kept secret and hidden, thus, severly limiting the amount of people who can work on it and, therefore, limiting its quality.

    My suggestions is thus. Open ALL the source code for Microsoft products, thereby allowing more folks to improve it. Or keep it closed and continue to wane until such time as Microsoft products are no longer wanted by the public at all.

    Microsoft Corp. is going to lose the revenue generated by it’s Microsoft Windows OS’s. Either by opening the source code to the public, or by the public demand for the products dying out. Revenue generated by MS Windows OS’s is going to be lost, one way or another.

  37. Anonymous says:

    I hadn’t heard of Alt+D to focus the address bar. However, I do use F6 for the same effect, which I find is much easier and faster to hit (provided I don’t whack F5 by mistake)

  38. Anonymous says:

    This is a great tip. I have quickly added it to the list of things that I use on a daily basis. Without this, I find that the favorites become a big basket of junk, bookmarks that I hoped to get back to that I forget about or that become outdated. Since you posted this, I routinely add favorites with one-word names so that I can take advantage of this feature.

    There are three changes that I would love to see that would make this feature truly useful.

    1. Favorites with descriptive text are useful. It would be better if we could assign favorites with both a descriptive name and a shortcut keyword.

    2. Shortcut keywords should be recognized from subfolders in the favorites menu so that users with many favorites don’t end up managing a huge list of one-word, non-intuitive favorites. That could get ugly.

    3. If you add tabbed browsing (and I so hope that you do), I would like to see this extended so that I could define favorite views by entering a keyword and/or selecting a menu item/button. These views would be comprised of sets of pages that I would like to open up when performing various tasks. For example, I have my favorite shopping sites. If I were to enter shopping I would like to see the set of these opened, each on a different tab. This would allow you to provide predefined views based on geographical location and possibly make some money from companies included in those predefined views (but don’t make them hardcoded…I must be able to define my own views). Another example, I am a developer of Microsoft Windows applications. I would like to be able to enter development and get a predefined set of webpages in a view, or my employer’s name to get a predefined set of intranet sites that I use. That would be very useful to my browsing experience. A third example (there are many possibilities for this, but here is another that just occurred to me), I would like to be able to use the myblog view for a collection of pages related to my weblog (the page I use to modify the blog, the blog as viewed by anonymous readers, etc). There are probably dozens of applications of this type of browsing experience.

    Thanks for listening (if you are listening, that is).

    Oh, and if you want a beta tester to try out this feature, I would make the time for it. (But don’t tell me about the standard beta request email, I know about it, I have tried it, it doesn’t ever seem to do it for me).

    Thanks again,

    Kirk Munro

    (remove all numbers and replace .Dot. with a period to get my real address)

  39. Anonymous says:

    Wow, Alex gets lots of bonus points for pointless ad hominem attacks and blindness to reality. Gotta love the way he uses the word ‘slashdot’ as an insult all the time too. Keep it up mate, professionalism is overrated anyway!

  40. Anonymous says:

    i cant get the address bar back

    how do ido it ?

  41. IEBlog says:

    Hey everyone, Christopher here. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything here (over a year in fact).

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