Top 11 must-have Internet Explorer Addons

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In case you’re one of those folks using that other browser (aka Internet Explorer or IE), this post is for you. Here, you’ll find a bunch of cool browser extras (other then Google Toolbar) to make Internet Exlorer way more usable.

Update: IE7 Pro was moved to the front due to the fact that it incorporates several frequently used features in one addon.

(1) IE7Pro (only IE 7) – little overwhelming and takes some time to get used to, but totally worth it. Includes powerful tab manager, AD or Flash blocking utility, Crash recovery, Proxy switcher, Web accelerator, User Agent switcher, Webpage capturer, Greasemonkey scripts support, Firefox style inline search, spell checker and some more.

(2) LeechVideo – handy IE addon that lets you download favorite videos from popular video sharing websites (i.e. Youtube, Google Video, DailyMotion, etc.). Other alternatives: Viloader | Video Downloader

(3) Inline Search – integrates an in-page search feature to Internet Explorer. Use ‘CTR+F’ to launch it in the left-bottom corner of your browser window.

(4) ShareThis – lets you quickly (1) email webpages (or embedded pictures or videos) to friends or contacts (gmail, myspace, facebook…) and (2) post notes to your Facebook/Myspace profiles.

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(5) Convert with Zamzar – browser addon from a comprehensive, web-based file conversion service, Zamzar. Lets you convert and download desired files from your favorite websites at the click of a button on your browser toolbar. It can be a Youtube video that you want to play in Windows Media Player, a Flickr image that you need in JPEG format, or a word file that you need in PDF.

(6) Browster – integrates link preview capabilities into your browser. For instance, each time you search on Google, Yahoo, MSN or visit some popular website Browster places a special icon next to each link, hovering your mouse cursor over it triggers a pop-up window displaying the contents of the destination page. Other alternative: Cooliris

(7) FeedsPlus (only IE 7) – in case you’re using your browser to follow-up on feeds, then this is for you. It adds couple of handy features, i.e. ability to read feeds in a combined view and receive pop-up notifications when there are new items to read.

(8) ieSpell – allows you to spell check text input boxes on any webpage (i.e. web mails, forum posts, blog comments, etc.)

(9) McAfee Site Advisor (only IE 5.5 – 6.0) – slim and easy-to-use security addon, features include:

  • protects you from adware, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams
  • advises you about the safety of websites using a colored button in your browser
  • places website safety ratings next to each search result

(10) IeSessions – lets you save the current state of all open windows/tabs, store it to a file and restore it anytime afterwards. Especially useful if you have to switch between multiple computers (i.e. office, home) during the day.

(11) Videoronk (only IE 7) – add ‘Videoronk’ to your search toolbar and you’ll be able to search on top 8 video sharing websites simultaneously (Youtube, Google Video, Vimeo, Metacafe, iFilm, Blip.tv, Revver, DailyMotion and Myspace Video).

BONUS: Internet Explorer Shortcuts

Internet Explorer Shortcuts

Here is another EXCELLENT find for Internet Explorer users. We put together a list of essential IE shortcuts for you. This will make you more productive and save you tons of time. You can download the printable shortcut sheet for Internet Explorer from here.

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Comments (33)
  • James

    I don’t see how a list of video converters relates to internet explorer addons? I recommend IE Downloadhelper, which is a downloadhelper for Internet explorer http://www.ieaddons.com/en/details/6395/IE_Download_Helper/

  • Video Converter

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  • Jeff

    You listed IESessions – there’s another add-on available called IE Session Manager, available at (electricbrainproductions.com/ie-session-manager), and it works in both IE7 and IE8.

    One thing I don’t like about IESessions is that it doesn’t preserve the instances – when IESessions loads a session set every URL is opened in a single instance (if one originally had saved the URLs from five instances, when loaded back up the URLs are all crammed into one instance).

    Also, IE Session Manager allows you to pick and choose which URLs are saved and which ones are loaded, where as with IESessions it’s all or nothing.

  • MirrorChecker

    Hi guys,

    I have a site ( http://mirrorchecker.com ) that allows people to check the status of links from various free file hosting sites (eg. Rapidshare, Megaupload etc.).

    I have written both a and an which gives the user a right-click menu option for either hyperlinks or highlighted text (if link isn’t clickable).

    I know how many people use free file hosts so this add-on, I believe, is very significant … plus it’s the first of it’s kind :)

  • RS

    Excellent advice, can you please help me to find the add on of IE8 which actually gives the IP addresss of the website we are browing, in firefox there is a addon called “FlagFox”… i want similar for IE… plase help

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