Internet Explorer 8 has just been released by Microsoft. Version eight of the web browser offers speed and stability improvements, better web standards support in comparison to previous versions of the browser, and overall better web compatibility and functionality.
It does however change and move common address bar buttons which users who upgrade or are upgraded may want to change.
If you open Internet Explorer 8 you realize that the Stop and Refresh buttons are located on the right of the address bar while the forward and backward buttons are still located on the left.
Every other web browser in existence, including Internet Explorer 7 and earlier, displays the main command buttons on the left side of the address bar. While usability tests might have shown that this is the best display for the buttons it will confuse many users who are used to the standard position of buttons on the address bar.
Microsoft has -- thankfully -- included an option to move the Stop and Refresh buttons from the right side of the address bar to Internet Explorer's left. This is done by right-clicking free space on the Internet Explorer 8 toolbar,e.g. on the right side of Help, and selecting Customize from the menu.
This will immediately display a menu with the option to show the stop and refresh buttons before the address bar. The two buttons will be moved immediately to the left side of the Internet Explorer 8 address bar, the position they have been in before.
Internet Explorer 8 Address Bar Before:
Internet Explorer 8 Address Bar After:
There is however no obvious way to move other buttons in the Internet Explorer 8 address bar at this point.
Newer versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer don't provide you with options to move the reload button back to the left side of the screen. Microsoft has moved it slightly in newer versions, as it is now displayed as part of the address bar and no longer as an individual icon next to it.
So, if Internet Explorer 9, 10 or 11 is installed on the Windows PC, you have to live with the address bar buttons being in a different location. Other browsers have moved some of the buttons as well in the meantime.
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