3 Reasons Not To Shove Internet Explorer 10 Aside

With the release of Windows 8 comes a new version of everyone’s least favorite browser: Internet Explorer 10. A lot of people, including me, were rather quick to ignore this new browser and quickly install our favorite third-party equivalent, which usually is either Firefox or Google Chrome. This negative attitude towards anything that has to do with Internet Explorer has come from user concerns about security and a lack of configurability. To say the least, this has formed a prejudice that prevents people from trying out the latest version of the browser. That said, IE 10 has some promising features that could entice some people who have previously discontinued its use.

1. Screen Real Estate

Until recently, Google Chrome has been the most pristine browser in terms of screen “real estate.” This means that most of the screen is taken up by the websites you’re browsing rather than elements in the browser window. The only things that Chrome left behind were things you will actually use, such as the address bar, close/minimize/maximize buttons, plugin buttons, and tabs. They’re all laid out neatly in a space that’s only tens of pixels high.

While all this is elegant, nothing beats IE 10’s full-screen browser. Its real estate is immense, capturing the entire screen. Nothing really beats that.

2. The Right-Click

If there’s one thing that’s kind of unsettling about Modern interface apps, it would be the right-click menu you get when you click on empty space. I still can’t get used to that, but it’s an undeniably powerful feature for people who want to get things done quickly. Everything in the menu is large and visible, especially in IE 10.


Once you get used to it, you’ll be adding pages and changing between them rather quickly. “Ctrl+T” still opens new pages like it would with other browsers. While you’re typing on the address bar at the bottom, you’ll notice pages you’ve visited before popping up for you to access quickly. This is a new feature that caters to power users who visit a cluster of sites on a daily basis. There’s certainly a lot to like about the new address bar and interface on the right-click department. Its minimalist appearance makes everything appear more clearly, boosting productivity.

3. Turn Off Location Awareness

Have you seen how some websites can tell where you live? That’s because your browser sometimes sends location data to those sites, allowing them to see which country you’re coming from. YouTube does this, and so do a bunch of other websites that have nothing better to do than poke their noses in your browser’s header data. That’s why you see something like “This content isn’t available in your country” very often when browsing sites outside the USA. I’m not exactly sure if US users have problems like these as well. Regardless, I’m going to let you know how you can tell IE 10 to stop sending location data to websites.

First of all, bring up the “Charms” bar from the Start screen (Win+C). Click “Settings” then click “Internet Options.” Inside, you’ll see an option called “Ask for location.”


Click the slider to turn it off. You’re done!

Press Onward!

Let’s hear what you like/dislike about IE 10. Post a comment below to discuss!

Miguel Leiva-Gomez Miguel Leiva-Gomez

Miguel has been a business growth and technology expert for more than a decade and has written software for even longer. From his little castle in Romania, he presents cold and analytical perspectives to things that affect the tech world.


  1. None of these seem like good reasons to switch to IE to me. I am using Win8 on a tablet, so I’ve had the opportunity to try it alongside other browsers.

    (1) How is IE’s full screen any different than any other browser’s full screen? Both Chrome and FF have had this for ages – just hit F11.
    (2) Not really understanding how having everything hidden away in a right-click menu is an advantage…especially on a touch screen (where Win8 has been targeted most) as that requires a time-wasting long press to call it up…
    (3) FF asks me on a site by site basis if a site can read my location or not by default already. How is having this *on* by default and having to dig through the internet options to turn it off for ALL sites a good thing instead better?

    1. Where you (and I, sometimes) see disadvantages, others see advantages. I’m aware of Chrome and FF’s full-screen mode. I’m also aware that I can’t switch tabs inside Chrome’s full-screen mode. I’m not sure about FF.

      I see your point #3 as a good thing in FF. It’s certainly an advantage over IE 10’s options. However, many people might not really care to have to click through a dialog window that asks them whether they want to show their locations or not on every site visited.

      IE 10 is a good interface for simple users who still want an address bar and tab switching in full-screen.

      I’m not defending IE because I’m an avid IE user. Sincerely, I’ll be using the full-screen IE 10 sparingly while basing my browsing experience on Chrome. I was attempting to provoke thought, and I see I have succeeded. You’ve actually caught my interest in the last two points you’ve made.

      1. No, IE is a market response move by Microsoft getting it’s ass handed to them by the open source community. It’s a pride thing, the only thing it really does is give a native “Windows” feel to a web browser. Let’s leave the 90’s in the 90’s.

  2. 1. Well… if you run chrome in full screen it will use the entire screen as well, but without toolbars of course.
    However, you can still use the keyboard shortcut (CTRL+TAB) to change the tab in fullscreen ;)

    2. Bookmarks that are only visible when clicking the right mouse button? What if I want to get more information about something else? Like the the source, or I would like to save an image?

    3. Well, what you are saying here is 100% wrong. Browsers don’t send this information by default (not as far as I know). It’s only send on request of the page itself. The example you use “This content isn’t available in your country” error doesn’t use this information… but uses the location that is matched to your ipaddress. The only thing that changes when using that option is that Internet Explorer will not tell your location directly… but an ip adress is still needed to access any site.

    Come on MTE… I found a lot of high quality articles on your website in the past, but they seem to dissapear and make place for absolute beginner topics.

    1. For the third point, you’re probably thinking I’m talking about YouTube. There are a number of websites that gather this information without looking into the IP address, albeit they are very few. More and more websites are using CC detection through IP lookups in databases like RIPE.

      Second point: Right, there are a lot of drawbacks to the IE 10 interface. I don’t doubt I could find at least 10-20 drawbacks that would be remedied by using a browser like Chrome. But for day-to-day browsing, it’s not exactly the worst browser out there.

      First point: I’m aware of Ctrl+Tab. Still, it’s not convenient when flipping through 8-10 tabs. Also, I can’t use any of the plugins I installed. To be fair, IE 10 doesn’t have a big set of features in its full-screen interface either. But I still like the fact I can switch tabs more easily.

      Sincerely, I’ll still be using Chrome and hoping that Google makes a Win8 app for its browser. It’s doubtful, though. The desktop browser is very spacy to begin with. :P

      About high-quality content, we’re still throwing it out there. I’m currently on a mission to go through the deepest corners of Windows 8 and uncover some neat stuff that techies might like. :)

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