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Hunting for Features on Explorer 7


All the familiar tasks are supported, if you can find them. If your patience runs out, you can always revert to version 6

Reader Jane Kaufman writes: I read your review of Internet Explorer 7 (see BusinessWeek.com, 11/02/06, "Explorer's Long-Awaited Update"). There are some good things for sure, but some things from the previous edition have been excluded (or I'm unable to find them). For example, I cannot locate a "Find" feature under "Edit" that existed in the previous version, and which I used frequently to locate something on the site I'm on. The font size of "smallest, smaller, medium, larger & largest" may be fine for some, but it is really bogus for my work. I've only used this version for a few days, but now I find I wish I had never downloaded it.

All the features of Internet Explorer 6 are still there. But Microsoft seems to have moved everything around and some commands can be very difficult to find now that the familiar menus are gone. To do a "Find in page" search, you have to click the little triangle to the right of the Search magnifying glass (this is normally found in the upper right corner of the IE window). It works just like the old command, searching through the text of the displayed page and highlighting a match when it finds it.

You may find the type-size feature more useful if you use the zoom control in the lower right corner of the screen instead of using the text-size command.

If after this you still want to go back to IE 6, you can, though Microsoft doesn't go out of its way to tell you how. Open the Add or Remove Programs control panel. At the top of the window, just to the left of the Sort By window, there's a little checkbox labeled "Show updates." Click it and scroll down to Internet Explorer in the program list. The IE updates will now be listed, allowing you to remove them and revert to an earlier version. This also works for reverting to older versions of other Windows components, such as the Media Player.

Wildstrom is Technology You columnist for BusinessWeek. You can contact him at techandyou@businessweek.com .

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