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How do I make Firefox look like Internet Explorer?

Let me start by saying that people exist in the world that prefer Internet Explorer to Firefox. They are comfortable with the user interface (UI) and do not care to change. If you are a stubborn donkey, you have some options.

Let me start by saying that people exist in the world that prefer Internet Explorer to Firefox. They are comfortable with the user interface (UI) and do not care to change. If you are a stubborn donkey, you have some options.

Keep reading.

As a browser, I use IE and I use Firefox. I was always a little perturbed that Firefox couldn't carry the same look and feel as Windows Vista. I can compare it to my neighborhood. Recently, a homeowner pulled his oak tree and put in a palm tree. The entire neighborhood is lined with oak trees, over 75 of them. The look and feel of the neighborhood is traditional southern, not miami glitz. Firefox to me is miami glitz. I recently discovered how to give Firefox a traditional southern feel.

Figure A. shows a traditional southern Internet Explorer.

Figure A.

Figure B shows a Miami glitz Firefox.

Figure B.

If you are ready to get rid of the Miami glitz, download the following add-on (Figure C).

Figure C.

After installing the add-on, and restarting Firefox, you have Firefox with an IE Look and feel (traditional southern) (Figure D).

Figure D.

		
16 comments
stanton.chris.m
stanton.chris.m

Why the hell would you pull an oak tree out to put in a palm tree?

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

the desire for a diamond encrusted hammer, myself.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I think of IE 6 as "down home" and IE 7 as "glitz". I don't have any trouble making FF 2 look like IE 6, the version of IE I'm more comfortable with. My problem is getting IE 7 to look like IE 6. I can't figure out how to unlock, move, or remove some things in IE 7 I had no problem customizing in IE 6. I'm not as interested in the theme or shape of icons as much as the ability to put them exactly where I want them. My inability to figure this out quickly caused me to abandon IE 7 within hours of loading it.

bobc4012
bobc4012

????? Doesn't look like IE to me. It looks more like a slightly modified FireFox.

Mary Nunaley
Mary Nunaley

I still don't understand why anyone would want to make Firefox, the far superior browser, look like clunky IE...but to each his own. Still scratch my head when people wonder which PC to buy instead of a Mac.

edglock21
edglock21

Amen - IE7 is more of "MS knows what you want better than you do" thinking. I like having the ability to move the toolbars around and put them where I want them, like I can in IE6 (on the occasions that I use IE). I'm not against new looks and functionality, just don't take away customization that works well.

Steven Warren
Steven Warren

I can hardly tell the difference anymore. I am not even sure if I am writing this post in Firefox or Internet Explorer. "Laughing"

nwoodson
nwoodson

FEAR!!!! It's all I know. I don't like change...it scares me. *cough* As long as it isn't Microsoft I'm happy.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

"Still scratch my head when people wonder which PC to buy instead of a Mac." Uh, because a Wintel system is cheaper? Because more home user apps and games are available for it? Because it's cheaper? Because more peripherals are compatible with it? Because it's what I use at work / my kids use at school and we're comfortable with it? Because it's cheaper?

Steven Warren
Steven Warren

Because maybe just maybe IE is far superior to Firefox.

nwoodson
nwoodson

...a Cobalt is cheaper than a Porsche, too. Sometimes one really does get what they pay for.

techrepublic@
techrepublic@

Steven: "Because maybe just maybe IE is far superior to Firefox." This one made my day! Thanks.

nwoodson
nwoodson

I don't know how many times you get the truly bizzare requests from folks about their home machines though. There are a lot of unhappy (and unskilled) users here. I do agree that big expensive machines are ridiculous. That's why I find it so funny that people will go but a $12-1500 Dell or HP machine for home even though commodity machines will work just as well for home use. The killer is that the new Vista machines'performance is so shaky most of the time that a person may as well buy an iMac. and even for basic use at the lower price point a Mini does just fine. Don't get me wrong, I'm a PC user...but I run a few different Linuxes. I have an old iMac, though....it's time for an upgrade there, too.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

A Cobalt is all you need. Within the limit of the most state laws, a Porsche won't allow you to do anything the Cobalt won't. If all Joe Homeuser does is surf the web, play games, and download music and porn, an Apple is overkill. The savings can be spent on a broadband connection.

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