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How do I switch back and forth berween browsers?

by eliphant0723 / December 12, 2006 12:04 AM PST

Hello, how do I set up browsers to switch back and forth between IE & Netscape? My friend has a Windows XP SP2 computer and her children use AOL with Netscape. However, she has numerous problems: for one she needs to do Windows Update and Windows Defender updates to begin with. However, I don't see the IE icon on her desktop and I don't know how to get it. And I don't understand how I'll be able to switch back and forth between browsers after that. Can someone please help me on these items? Thanks Larry

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Search her hard drive for...
by Edward ODaniel / December 12, 2006 12:15 AM PST


When you locate it double click on it (or right drag it to the desktop and when you release it choose to create a shortcut).

Unless your friend has followed someone's "advice" to eliminate MSIE it will load and be ready to use. It may ask if you want it to be the default browser and if it does choose NO as they are using Netscape.

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by John.Wilkinson / December 12, 2006 1:23 AM PST

You can have her right-click the desktop, select Properties, select the Desktop tab, click Customize Desktop, and place a checkmark next to the Internet Explorer icon. That will restore the shortcut to your desktop.

As to switching between the two, it's simple since both can run at the same time. Just launch one browser, using it for a whle or not, and then launch the other. You will see them both 'represented' at the bottom of your screen in the task bar. Just click one or the other to alternate between them, as you would any other two programs/windows.

Hope this helps,

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XP-sp2/installs IE6...
by castingRod47 / December 14, 2006 6:43 PM PST

Internet Explorer 6 is installed w/the OS..and then Updated useing Microsoft Update..Internet Explorer 7 is now Installed into the Program section if your REGISTERED w/Microsoft Update..also Window Media Player 11 is available..
..IE7 will show in ADD/REMOVE Programs..IE6 does not(might have changed)but is part of the OS..IE6 get Updated to IE7 automatically..XP must use WMP-10..or higher..
..Be sure and have your Security Software installed prior to going to Microsoft Update..I install my ISP CD minus any McAFEE Software..
and then Update McAFEE---before going to Microsoft Update.

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Other options/considerations
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 14, 2006 6:53 PM PST

All good advice so far.

What about the Start Menu version of Windows Update? If you go to Start > All Programs, there should be a link to "Windows Update" at the top and this uses IE to connect directly to Microsoft's Windows Updates. Does that not work? If not, then perhaps you should tell us about these problems your friend is having.

As to switching between browsers, John is right, you can use both browsers side by side. Windows doesn't mind. But you cannot switch between the two to surf the same web sites. What I mean is, if you load up CNET's forums in one browser then click a link, you cannot open up the link in another browser. It will open in the same browser. Of course, you could right click the link, select Copy, then paste the link into the address bar of the other browser.

I hope that helps.


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