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Question of the Day: Do you use Internet Explorer or Firefox?

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source: lecates

There’s probably not a day that goes by that I’m not thankful for having found Firefox because it makes my life so much easier (and I have plans to show you how it does that very soon!). The other day I started wondering what Organizing Your Way readers use…

Do you use Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox to browse the internet? Do you use something else entirely?

Have you tried both, or do you just stick with the default on your computer?

What feature do you love about your browser?

Have you found any tips or tricks to make browsing easier?

Can’t wait to hear from you!

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Mandi Ehman

Hi. My name is Mandi and I’m an organizing junkie. I’m also a wife, and Momma to four little girls (5.5, 4, 2.5 and a baby!). I've worked at home since our oldest was a baby, and like a lot of other moms, my life is a constant balancing act of caring for my family and my home, meeting my obligations and finding time for hobbies in there somewhere. Oh, yeah, in the interest of full disclosure, I’m somewhat of a kitchen dunce and I only like to pretend that I’m crafty. Read more here!

60 Responses to “ Question of the Day: Do you use Internet Explorer or Firefox? ”

  1. Firefix for sure, not used internet explorer for years and year. I’m sure it’s better than it used to be, but I think firefox makes everything easier – I’m looking forward to hearing your tips though, I’m sure there’s thingd I don’t know about.
    Jade
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  2. Our son introduced us to Firefox, but we went back to IE because my husband likes it better.

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  3. Use FF 99% of the time. Since I am unemployed and can file for weekly benefits online line, my state’s Dept. of Employment Security website only works with IE.

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  4. Used to use FF, now using Google’s Chrome. FF seems too buggy and slow now. I don’t even go NEAR IE!

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  5. I fell in love with Google Chrome the moment it got out.
    (specially now, with the sync options)
    I’ve used FF and only use IE only when others fail (read: a IE only website, blegh)

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  6. I too used to use Firefox, but features I had to add with Greaemonkey scripts come standard in Chrome. Favorite features: speed (it’s incredibly lightweight and starts up instantly even on my six-year-old college-issued Dell laptop) and application shortcuts. Basically you can create desktop or quick launch shortcuts to sites you use often, allowing them to run like applications. So since I’m usually broke, I have Mint running like Quicken, Google Docs or Zoho working like MS Office, and lots of other free web apps that store all my data both on my hard drive and in the cloud so I can organize it anywhere. And, Google’s about to release a Chrome-based OS, also called Chrome, which will be free and come on really inexpensive laptops. It’ll be great!

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  7. I use Firefox most often – IE crashes too much!
    Ellie´s last blog ..Simplicity is the path, not just the destination My ComLuv Profile

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  8. Firefox, definitely. I love the add-ons. Try AdBlock Plus for efficiently blocking popups and annoying ads. I’ve tried Google Chrome and enjoyed it, buts it’s currently too buggy to be useable on a regular basis at work (and doesn’t work at all on my home computer).

    For using websites that require IE, there is a FF add-on that runs an instance of IE in a single tab – “IE Tab”. So you can right click, and there is an option to view that page, or that link, in an Internet Explorer tab right in your Firefox window. Really handy!

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  9. I gave Firefox a try, just to see what the excitement was all about. I have to say, I’ve been using Firefox for well over a year and have never looked back! There are so many add-ons that stop pop-ups and annoying ads. I love it!

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  10. Firefox! Haven’t used IE in so long I can’t compare the two…
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  11. I use Firefox and Chrome mostly but occasionally IE for work related items. I’ve found that government sites are now working in Firefox but not Chrome which is why I use both still.

    I can’t stand IE for the simple reason that it’s just too easy to get viruses (it took 4 hours of clearing off my mom’s machine to get it back to normal!). I really think most people are afraid to switch because they’re worried they’ll “break” it or that Windows won’t work anymore. Very frustrating!

    My favorite feature is that Firefox is endlessly adjustable to my needs, there are add-ons for everything! I have Printliminator, Delicious and Colorful Tabs running right now. Chrome is getting better with the add-ons but isn’t there yet, I mainly use it when I want a crisp screen.

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  12. Firefox! I only use IE if I have a coupon that won’t print in FF.
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  13. I used to use Firefox until a few days ago but one of the recent updates causes all my browsers to conk out randomly which is a pain if you’re trying to research something. I now use Chrome except when downloading MS office Templates from their website (it seems to prefer IE).

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  14. I have been using firefox for years and with the recent updates, have been using IE because of the FF bugs. I am going to download Chrome for researching too.

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  15. I use Firefox almost exclusively, last night was the first time in MONTHS and that was only because my computer was being a pain. For me Firefox has so many more options than IE?
    Desiree´s last blog ..Verse of the day My ComLuv Profile

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  16. Firefox exclusively (unless some site only works in IE). We love it :)

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  17. Use firefox….seldom crashes and runs smoothly. Never use IE. Considering looking at chrome after reading comments!

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  18. I use Firefox exclusively. I also use several apps including AdBlock (which took all the annoying ads off my gmail page), wisestamp (for customized personal and business signatures) and Reminder Fox.
    Nancy Giehl´s last blog ..Christmas Decor: Give Away What You Don’t Use Now! My ComLuv Profile

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  19. As a Web designer, the non-compliant Internet Explorer (especially IE6) is the bane of my existence. I have to create a separate CSS style sheet just for that horrendous browser!

    I use Firefox when I design because of all the nifty Web developer plugins, but for my daily Web surfing, I use Safari because it integrates so seamlessly with Mail, Address Book, iPhoto, Daylite, and all my other Mac programs.
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  20. Firefox, and I second the AdBlock Plus application. I hate IE!!

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  21. FF fo’sho’, baby! Lol! IE scares me! I also like Chrome, but I really prefer FF because I like it’s setup and tabs. It is easy to use.
    Amy´s last blog ..FREE Return Address Labels from Vistaprint! My ComLuv Profile

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  22. I use FF mostly, but I’ve definitely used both & will still use IE (it’s on my husband’s computer) some. Looking forward to your post though on the differences … I DOUBT I’m taking use of the big advantages!!
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  23. I’m a “foxy” girl! LOL! IE was becoming a pain, but it could be the computer itself too. However,I LOVE FF!!!Looking forward to the tips too!
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  24. Jsut noticed I typed my blog address wrong. So I am commenting again so that you are directed to my CORRECT blog…hopefully! ;)
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  25. I use FF and love it! I like Chrome pretty well, but it is a little “messy” to me. I like how simple FF is and the pop up blocker is just about perfect.

    My favorite add-on (which I may have learned about here but I don’t remember) is the internet timer- it puts a little timer in the bottom corner to help me monitor how much time I am spending on the internet each day. It is wonderfully accurate and helps keep me honest about how much time I really spend in front of the computer.

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  26. I’m a FireFox girl – for several years now. I love not having pop-ups and I have had no security issues since switching over from IE.
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  27. FF, sometimes Opera, cause it’s the fastest browser on earth.
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  28. I pretty much just use Firefox. I’ll occasionally try out Chrome, but I rarely use internet explorer.

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  29. I loved Firefox until I tried Google Chrome, and I was immediately hooked. If you haven’t tried it, you need to. It’s fast and just works well, and doesn’t take up tons of space on your screen with toolbars and such.

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  30. SAFARI!

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  31. I use Internet explorer at work and Safari at home. I’m not sure what could make my browsing easier, so I’m looking forward to your articles. Thanks.

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  32. I started using Firefox due to IE usage sneaking SO many viruses onto my computer that it was fried. Then, after my husband got a new laptop (after I did), he started using Google Chrome. His computer isn’t way faster than mine, and we’re on the same internet connection and all, but his internet was going light speed compared to my 55mph. I switched IMMEDIATELY and rarely use Firefox at all. I only ever touch IE if I want to download something from Microsoft’s website that won’t let me unless I use IE.
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  33. I will never use Internet Explorer again! I use Firefox and Chrome.
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  34. I use both, but Firefox more often then IE

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  35. Neither. I use Google Chrome. I’ve used Chrome for over a year and love it because it’s simple. I recently tried Firefox, but went back to Chrome to keep it simple. I don’t like IE at all.

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  36. Depends on the task. I use 4 browsers. My favorite is Firefox and I use it at work for work stuff and chrome for personal (while at the office). If someone from Church calls I use IE because I can log into church stuff and still keep my work and personal emails and sites open.

    At home, I use firefox for personal and Safari (on my mac) for work.

    And when Google releases Chrome for the mac…Safari will go byebye.

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  37. Firefox for me all the time. I like the tabs across the top!

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  38. I used Internet Explorer for about ten years. A few months ago, I decided to try Firefox. I will not go back! I love the add-ons and how much simpler and faster it is.

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  39. I have only used IE. It seems that I am behind the times!!, I will definitely give Firefox a try.

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  40. Erm, SAFARI for me. IE is too cluttered. Tried FF briefly but switched before I could get completely comfortable. Maybe the tips may change my mind ;>

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  41. Definitely Firefox. I can’t take IE.
    Beth @ Smart Family Tips´s last blog ..Send Diane MacEachern to Hopenhagen My ComLuv Profile

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  42. Statcounter.com will tell you for free which browsers your readers are using.

    I use FF but am considering Chrome.
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    Mandi Ehman Reply:

    Thanks, Elisa! I wasn’t actually asking to have stats or anything like that. I ask a question every week just to hear from my readers about their preferences and what works for them!

    I’m definitely considering giving Chrome a try now too!

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  43. I switched to FireFox but it made my favorite sites look wierd (!?) so I switched back to IE.

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  44. I love FireFox, wont go back to Internet Exploder.
    Rana´s last blog ..Do You Monkey Platter? My ComLuv Profile

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  45. I have to say, I am an IE person. I have never had the problems that others seem to have, but maybe I have just been lucky. LOL!
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  46. LOVE Firefox. HATE IE. I love the multiple tabs that FF allows, and I also use the heck out of the “bookmarks toolbar”. All my regular sites are up there, as well as a few I visit weekly. Other add-ons include “colors” and “read it later” which grabs that website and allows you to read the content even if you’re offline.

    I also use Mozilla’s Thunderbird instead of Outlook.

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  47. Started using Firefox earlier this year on suggestion by a friend! Love it!!!!! I only use IE when something says it’s not Firefox compatible.

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  48. Definitely FF, unless I can’t read a site or print a coupon, then I go back to IE.

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  49. I used Safari, with FireFox as a second choice when, every once in a while, a site doesn’t work with Safari.
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  50. I use FF at home and IE at work. Interested in hearing your tips. Also interesting how many people mentioned using Chrome. I tried it several months ago and it required too many resources on my computer to make it worth while. I had to do an immediate uninstall.

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  51. I use FF. IE is the bane of my existence, and should be taken out back and shot. As a web developer, IE makes my life miserable. And it makes every site look uglier.
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  52. I have used both, but I am now a huge fan of Google Chrome. It is so much faster and I love the customization available. You should give it a try!

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  53. I used to be an IE person all the way, and I didn’t want to have anything to do with Firefox. Then one day, earlier this year, I read that IE had some kind of security loophole, so I switched to Firefox, and I haven’t looked back! I don’t know why but Firefox just seems more modern.
    Post-Modern Jen´s last blog ..And Then You Never Heard From Me Again (AKA Giveaways Are My New Part-Time Job) My ComLuv Profile

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  54. I use Firefox and love it; I’ve had it for years. I just hate how slow IE is and how long it takes to load everything.

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  55. I love, love, LOVE Firefox. I’ve only just switched in the past year, and I when I have to use IE at my parents’ house, it drives me BONKERS.

    My favorite aps are Better GReader and OF COURSE AdBlock Plus. I’ve been inspired by your email siggy to reinstall Wisestamp now that see you can add feeds to your emails! WOO HOO.

    I also love XMarks because I switch back and forth between our desktop and my netbook multiple times a day.

    I’m intrigued by how many people love Chrome, but I don’t know that I can part with FF now.
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  56. I know I’m a few days late but just had to chime in. I gave up FF once I found Google Chrome. :) I usually have 3 basic tabs the open everytime to FB, iGoogle, & my email. Then if I need to keep some thing in the front of my mind, there is another tab that opens everytime I open Chrome. It is also handy for me b/c I have my settings here. DH has his settings on FF.
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  57. My son introduced me to Firefox when IE was bogging down my computer. The only reason I use IE now is because my bank’s online banking system doesn’t support FF. I’ll never turn back!
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  58. I used to use Firefox, but it began to slow down my computer. I now use Google Chrome for almost everything (I have one site I regularly need to access for school that only works in IE)

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  59. I use Safari. So much better then IE or Firefox.
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