The Death of IE – Why & How Internet Explorer is Being Replaced

November 6, 2019


-On Windows (Mac Users Are Just Fine With Safari)

Death of IE

Internet Explorer has come to an end.

For many of us, the introduction of Internet Explorer was the first time we interacted with the World Wide Web. Quite literally, IE was our gateway to a whole new world. But as with anything else, the passage of time has had its effects on the landscape, and now the final nail has been hammered in IE’s coffin. Microsoft has stopped its support of Internet Explorer, which means it’s no longer fully secure and extremely buggy.

So if IE’s dead… What do I use now?

Let’s turn that frown upside down! Internet Explorer was a huge leap forward when it first came out, but it’s always nice to have a breath of fresh air. Google has come to conquer the browser world with its very own portal to the internet, Chrome. Chrome is both faster and more secure than Internet Explorer. It has a multitude of amazing features that simply aren’t available on Internet Explorer.

Okay, so I’ll move over to using Chrome… But I don’t want to lose my favorites or bookmarks!

The process I’m about to outline is a lot simpler than anyone would expect! First of all, let’s start with actually downloading Chrome. You may already have it, but if you don’t or just aren’t sure, you can follow these steps, and Chrome will automatically either install itself or replace the version you already have with a newer version.

Installing Chrome:

To install Chrome, simply visit this link and click the blue “Download Chrome” button in the middle of the screen. Then just follow the steps outlined to Install the browser. (Note: Feel free to uncheck the “Help make Google Chrome better” checkbox)

Making Chrome your default Web Browser:

Once you’ve installed Chrome, you’ll want to set it as your default browser to make sure when you click on a link you’ll see the webpage in Chrome and not Internet Explorer. On Windows, you can set this up by typing “Default Apps” in the Windows Search Box at the bottom left corner of your desktop and clicking on the following item:

Default Apps Lookup

Once in the Default Apps menu, you may need to scroll down to click on the “Web Browser” option and then change the default from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome:

Default Apps

Transferring your favorites and making them bookmarks in Chrome:

In order to transfer your Internet Explorer Favorites (bookmarks) to Chrome, all you need to do is open up Chrome, click on the three stacked blocks on the top right, hover over “Bookmarks” and then click on “Import bookmarks and settings…”:


Then in the popup menu dropdown, select “Microsoft Internet Explorer” and make sure every box is checked:

Bookmark Transfer

Finally, all you need to do is click “Import,” and you’re all done! Congratulations!

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