I just started recently using Windows Vista, and I hate Vista and I hate IE7. In seventeen years, since the launch of Windows 95, this is the first time I've ever hated Microsoft products.
I've just learned about Avant Browser yesterday. I've been using it for a few hours. I like how I can make Avant Browser look like IE6; but it doesn't quite act like IE6.
I’ve tried to search this forum for information on removing the tab feature.
1.) I HATE TABS
How do I turn off tabbed browsing completely?
I don't ever want to see the "Windows Tabs" toolbar ever again. It's visual clutter in the browser window.
I prefer to have several browser windows open at the same time, each with its own button on the Windows taskbar. Furthermore, I prefer to arrange these buttons between taskbar buttons for programs like Word and Photoshop, content arranged in order with similar content, with every piece of content always within eyesight, and always within immediate reach of the mouse pointer, on the Windows taskbar.
I right-click on a link and choose the "Open in New Window" command. Opens a new tab. I don't want this. I want buttons on the Windows Taskbar. Ok, there's the "Open in New Avant Browser" command. Now I have what I want. But this right-click context menu is too cluttered. I always want this menu to be easier to use, for my elderly parents, who know how to websurf just perfectly in IE6. How do I remove some of these commands? Is there a way I can make "Open in New Window" do what "Open in New Avant Browser" does?
Most annoyingly, if I click on a pop-up link (not sure I'm using the right term here), such as a game in Shockwave or a link in a Hotmail message, I want that link to automatically open in a new browser window, with a corresponding button on the Windows taskbar. IE6 does this. But Avant Browser, instead, opens these links into new tabs. How do I make these links open into new windows?
2.) AVANT DOES NOT LAUNCH LIKE IE6
I could click on IE6's Quick Launch icon (or double-click the desktop icon) three times if I wanted three open browser windows, each with a corresponding button on the Windows taskbar.
Doesn't matter if I use Avant Browser's icon in the Quick Launch bar, or the desktop icon, or its listing in the Programs group: if an Avant Browser window is already open, then it just pops back into view. One single taskbar button, always.
How do I make Avant Browser launch like IE?
3.) WHERE'S THE "FILE...OPEN" COMMAND?
When I select Avant Browser's "File...Open a Link" menu command, and type in a URL, it places that URL into the Address box, which remains there (until all browsing history is cleared). This is a major distraction. Mozilla Firefox does the same thing, and that’s one reason why I’m not using Mozilla Firefox.
In IE, I use the "File...Open" menu command, type in the URL, and the only record that remains is within IE's history folder. I only use the Address box for those websites I visit every single day, and I enter those websites by typing directly into the Address box. I prefer to use IE's "File...Open" command when I'm not certain I'll need to make note of a URL. This also makes web-browsing a much tidier experience.
Why doesn't Avant Browser's "File...Open a Link" menu command act like IE's "File...Open" menu command?
4.) PROGRESS BAR?
IE's status bar is very useful, showing a progress bar that gives an indication of how much web content remains to be downloaded...or if the website is stuck “hanging” (so I can click the “Stop” button followed by the “Refresh” button, and thus see if the Internet has just suffered a “temporary glitch” or if the website in question is truly down for the count).
Why isn’t there such a progress bar in Avant Browser’s status bar?