Slim Browser

If you use Internet Explorer, you might want to download a program called Slim Browser. It uses your computer’s IE as a foundation, but includes a lot of new features. I’m switching over immediately. Features I like are…

Download Slim Browser here.

If you use Internet Explorer, you might want to download a program called Slim Browser. It uses your computer’s IE as a foundation, but includes a lot of new features. I’m switching over immediately. Features I like are:

Tabbed browsing - instead of using new windows, the browser opens web pages in tabs that all appear on one screen (like in an Excel workbook). This way when you have multiple pages open you’re not cluttering your toolbar and it’s easier to switch between pages.

Aliases - Save shorter names for frequently used web addresses. For instance, if you frequently visit the squirrel fishing website, you can simply type something like “sqf” in the address bar instead of “http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/~yaz/en/squirrel_fishing.html” and be taken there instantly.

Groups - Save selected sites into a group for easy viewing. Ex., make a group for all the news sites you look at and when you choose that group Slim Browser opens all of them at once in different tabs.

Blacklist/Whitelist - Block websites that contain offensive or indecent material, like this one.

Pop-up Killer - No more pop-up ads when this feature is on.

Search form - Use any search engine directly from the browser tool bar.

Ease of switching - download is small and free, automatically imports favorites/settings from IE.

The only things I don’t like are that viewing favorites opens them in a new tab instead of the one currently open and that there is no way to run multiple windows if you have a lot open. But those are both very minor complaints and the latter can be solved by running IE anyway.

Download Slim Browser here, or read this article about it from TechTV.

Comments

  1. Adam Gintis says:

    I like it. Very simple software, it basically just skins IE and adds some new convenience features. If I understand it correctly, they just use the IE rendering engine, so any significant updates to IE will be reflected in SlimBrowser. One thing I haven’t tested is plugins though. If I can’t watch Homestarrunner in it, it’s not much of a browser. Thanks for the heads-up!

  2. Jacob says:

    Not to worry, it’s Strong Bad tested and approved!

  3. Jacob says:

    One thing I have discovered: switching back and forth between IE and Slim Browser, you lose the addresses in your location bar. A very minor problem, but something to be aware of.

  4. Zero VG says:

    hey yeah um slim browser is an incredible browser, i love it. however i can’t figure out how to use an Alias, can anyone e mail me or somthing please? that would be great.
    my e mail is Zeroshdw@comcast.net thank you soo much!
    -ZeroVG

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