Getting started with Internet Explorer 9 Windows Internet Explorer 9 has a streamlined look and many new features that speed up your web browsing experience. Use the new browser controls The first thing you'll notice when you open Internet Explorer 9 is the simplified design. You can find most command bar functions, like Print or Zoom, when you click the Tools button Picture of the Tools button, and your favorites and feeds appear when you click the Favorites button Picture of the Favorites button. Why Internet Explorer 9 is the best browser for Windows. 9 reasons to get Internet Explorer 9 Internet Explorer 9 provides the best web experience for Windows. Here are the top reasons why you should get it today. 1It's all-around fast a€” hardware-accelerated text, video, and graphics speed up performance and make websites perform like programs that are installed on your computer. 2Streamlined and simplified design a€” gives you the basic controls you need and puts the focus on your websites. 3One-click access to your favorite sites a€” with Pinned Sites, you can get to your favorite sites directly from the Windows taskbar without having to open your browser first. 4A combined search and Address bar a€” one place to either navigate to a website or start a search. 5Redesigned New Tab page a€” now you have quick access to the sites you visit most often, and you can also reopen closed tabs or your last browsing session, or start an InPrivate Browsing session. 6Integration with Windows 7 a€” with Snap, Pinned Sites, Jump Lists, and thumbnail preview controls, Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7 bring you the best web experience for Windows. 7Improved add-on management a€” Add-on Performance Advisor tells you if an add-on is slowing down your browser and allows you to disable or remove it, helping ensure that your browser stays fast over time. 8Helps control your privacy a€” Tracking Protection enables you to limit the browser's communication with certain websites to help keep your information private. 9Keeps your downloads in order a€” Download Manager keeps a running list of the files you download from the Internet, notifies you if a file could be malicious, and allows you to pause and restart a download. Features: Hardware-accelerated text, video, and graphics: A· The new graphic capabilities and improved performance in Internet Explorer 9 set the stage for immersive and rich experiences. New Tab page: A· Internet Explorer 9 surfaces the websites you love most and puts them one click away. Once you're in the browser, the New Tab page helps get you started browsing quickly, providing meaningful suggestions and information to help you decide what to do next as you browse. Notification Bar: A· Notifications in Internet Explorer 9 allow for more fluid and faster browsing. Instead of dialog boxes popping up unexpectedly and getting in your way, all notification messages are consolidated in the Notification Bar, located at the bottom of the browser frame. Pinned Sites: A· With Pinned Sites, you can get to your favorite sites directly from the Windows taskbara€”without having to open Internet Explorer first. Tear-off tabs: A· Tear-off tabs make interacting with multiple sites fast and intuitive. You can rearrange tabs within Internet Explorer 9a€”just like you can rearrange icons in the taskbar in Windows 7a€”or you can open any tab in a new browser window by dragging that tab to your desktop. Focused on your websites: A· Designed based on what you use most, the navigational controls in Internet Explorer 9 are streamlined and simplified. The back button is larger, the address bar and search box are combined into one new address bar, and the multiple menus from previous versions of Internet Explorer are consolidated into a single menu.