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Internet Explorer the browser you love to hate

Microsoft doesn’t play well with others

Internet Explorer the browser you love to hate – Though I wrote this article in 2008, I thought it deserved to stay live on my website. So now we return in 15 years to find that Microsoft still doesn’t and never will play well with others.

Problems With Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) Have People Seeing Red

Two trends have occurred in my web development business. Clients called me to ask if they should install the new Internet Explorer 7; they called me screaming for help because they downloaded it and were unhappy with the results. Whoever your webmaster is, contact them before taking a big step like this on your computer.

IE7 has many bugs, yet Microsoft pushes users to install it hard. Moreover, the unfortunate ones who do, experience problems viewing their favorite websites. Furthermore, to make matters worse, uninstalling IE7 is also a nightmare. For instance, many popular forums and message boards are rife with users trying to uninstall IE7. Little did they know that the IE7 install embeds itself into the Windows operating system, leaving users to reinstall Windows to rid themselves of it completely.

Others have had luck uninstalling it using the Windows system restore, but it is best not to try this yourself unless you have some experience with operating systems.

I advise dumping the Internet Explorer browser and using Mozilla’s Firefox. Firefox does not embed itself deep into your operating system for one reason. It plays well with PC and MAC operating systems and has all the great features that make browsing an enjoyable experience. Other reasons I prefer Firefox over Microsoft include:

1. Faster, cleaner feel to your browsing
2. Tabbed browsing feature
3. Pop-up ads are easily blocked
4. Live bookmarks feature
5. Optional add-ons for Google News, eBay, Amazon, UPS, and more
6. Built-in RSS Support

IE7 Complaints Galore

As the problem with IE7 emerged, I went to the Microsoft IE7 support forums and began poking around for answers. Among the forum postings, I began to see a pattern of complaints regarding menu display.

For example, here are some actual excerpts from the postings:

Flash Menus

Does anyone know why a Flash menu that appeared fine in IE 6 and works fine when Firefox displays it is wonky in IE 7? It’s not aligned correctly until you roll over a menu choice, which moves into place as the new decisions appear. It doesn’t move when using Flash Player to view it, and nothing moves in the Flash file. My tables are set to the right size for everything, so there should be no room for any movement.

Suckerfish Menus

Has anyone else had any problems with the Suckerfish dropdowns in ie7? I’ll roll over one link, which reveals the dropdown list for that link, but the list doesn’t go away when I roll off the tie. So if I roll over another connection, the previous list I had rolled over is still showing. Also, if the list has a second level, it will show the first time I roll over it, but if another link has a second level, it doesn’t pop out.


When I use IE7, I see that the menu on the left is poorly organized. Some narrower elements are placed side by side, unlike a list. It looks great with Firefox. Is there a workaround for this?

Open Cube

We’ve been using DHTML Slide Tree Menu with IE6 and Firefox 2.0 with no problems. Still, suddenly with IE7, the menu doesn’t work anymore and shows messages like “Incorrect Base URL registration…” or sometimes “OpenCube sliding tree menu.

Mambo Menus

There seems to be a problem in Mambo with IE7 (Internet Explorer 7) with the menus in the administration module. They appear far, far away on the outer left side of the screen.

Milonic Menus

I am building the menu using the PHP version in the examples, and when I go to the site with IE7, I get javascript errors when mousing over the menu. It works great in IE6 and FF (1.5 and 2 RC3). Please let me know if anyone has any ideas… I will send a post my code if needed.

Open Source Menus

My menu uses a rollover dropdown menu at the top for navigation. If you go to any of our pages with the menu in IE7 and Slimbrowser – all of the rollovers are unrolled – and obscure the page.


Hello, I have a menu that works fine in Firefox and IE6; now, with the launch of Ie7, a margin appears around, and all the menu is moved.

DMX Menus

I am having problems with my CSS pop-up menu after I loaded IE7. I have a menu item with a dash(-) in the title, and for some reason, IE7 shifts the text after the life. Does anyone know a fix for this?

CSS Menus

I started my site two years ago with a vertical menu that flies out when the links are hovered over. This has happily worked on most browsers. However, now IE7 is about, and it’s not working right. It still pops out and looks alright; however, if you click anywhere on the page except the menu, then go to the menu, the flyout sections stay out and overlap. Does anyone know why this is happening?

Dynamic Menus

I have a CSS Menu in a layer displaying a vertical menu. In another layer, there is some text/ other code. Now with IE7, the content of the second layer disappears when the vertical menu is loaded. Very strange. IE6 and Firefox work fine, but IE7 is coming soon; I expect significant problems!! Can you please help me with this one?

Cool Menus

I can’t see any of my dropdown effects or links using IE7, but everything works fine in the newest Firefox, Opera, and Netscape versions. Does anyone have any suggestions or workaround for this problem?

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