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Microsoft® Windows 7 In Depth by Brian Knittel, Robert Cowart

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14. Using Internet Explorer 8

What’s New in Internet Explorer 8?

If you have used Internet Explorer 5, 6, or 7, then IE8 will be mostly familiar to you. Some of its new features are behind the scenes—not readily apparent, but designed to make IE run more smoothly and reliably than ever. Others are enhancements that you will see, including these:

• The interface is streamlined; the menu and links are no longer visible by default (although you can still activate them, if you want).

• The Search Companion in Internet Explorer 6 is long gone; it was replaced by the Live Search box at the upper-right corner of the window (underneath the Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons) in IE7 and remains in IE8. The Live Search box makes it faster and easier ...

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