If you’re a fan of Internet Explorer, or even if you’re not, you might want to try out the new IE 9 Beta. Here we’ll walk you through the process of setting it up and show some of the new features it has to offer.
1. Navigate to the IE 9 Beta page and and click on Download Now.
2. Then click on either the 32 or 64-bit version you want to install. For this tutorial we’ll be installing the 64-bit version, just pick the version that is right for your system.
3. If you’re not sure what version of Windows 7 you have, right-click on Computer in the Start Menu or Desktop icon and click Properties.
4. In the screen that comes up look under System and next to System type you’ll see if you’re running the 32 or 64-bit version.
5. Once you’ve downloaded the file to a convenient location on your PC, right-click the installer file and click Run as Administrator.
6. You’ll see a progress dialog while the installation takes place.
7. A restart of your system is required to complete the process.
8. When you get back from the restart and login, launch IE 9 and you’ll be able to start using the new version of Internet Explorer.
9. Click on the See it now button and you can start exploring the new visual enhancements that it has to offer. Here is an example of the fish tank demo where you can add or remove the amount of swimming fish being displayed.
10. There are several cool demonstrations that show the visual enhancements that will be offered by IE 9 at the Experience Page.
11. One of the new features offered by IE 9 Beta is the ability to pin websites to the Taskbar by dragging the site icon from the address bar to the Taskbar.
12. Here is an example of a few popular websites we pinned to the Taskbar. This makes it very easy to open the sites you visit most often. Right-click on an icon and it allows you to start the InPrivate Browsing feature.
13. Some sites that are setup to use the new IE 9 technology provide additional tasks as well.
14. Like with Google Chrome you just type in search queries into the address bar. Then results and search suggestions are displayed while you type and are provided by Bing by default.
15. If you’re not a fan of search suggestions you can easily toggle them on or off.
16. If you’re not a fan of Bing, you can change the default search provider by clicking the Add button while doing a search.
17. Then you’re brought to the IE Add-ons page where you can choose from several different search providers.
18. Then you have the option to make it your default provider and use search suggestions or not.
19. Remember it’s still in Beta and you may experience some bugs or crashes. To send your feedback to the IE 9 developer team, click the gear icon in the upper right corner and click on Send Feedback.
If you’re an early adopter or want to check out the new features Internet Explorer 9 has to offer, go download the IE 9 Beta and have fun!