Browsers, what do you use and why?

I know we’ve talked about this before but things change and I need advice again. What browser do you prefer?

I used to really like Safari. For most things I still prefer it. But over time, it seems to have gotten slower. It also really lags behind on Facebook. For our farming, it’s really bad. So I tried Google Chrome. I tried it a year or so ago and it didn’t have a spell check then but it has one now so I wanted to give it a try. It’s by far faster than anything I could have imagined. It works so much better for the games and even just for surfing, it’s really fast. I like it a LOT. The only problem I have with it is the spell check dictionary is very limited and most of the time if I don’t know how to spell something, I’m WAY off but the Safari browser can always find the word I’m looking for. Chrome is also WordPress unfriendly. The spell check doesn’t always work while writing a post. It also doesn’t work in the tagging and categorizing. One more thing, it won’t copy and paste from Word to the post box using Chrome. I’ve lost so many posts over the last two years so I’ve come to write most of my posts in Word and then transfer it when I’m done.

I never really liked Firefox. It won’t play video’s on You Tube or on Facebook so I never really got comfy with that one. I guess there was nothing about it that I loved enough to give it a bunch of chances.

The other thing I don’t like about Safari is it won’t keep all your settings. I don’t like the fonts or the size of them and the whole look of it is so….sharp….for lack of a better word. It’s almost painful to my eyes so I go in and set it the way I like it but the next time you sign on, it’s back to the default. It only stays the way you set it if you don’t sign off. Safari is always way behind on things that people change. For example, Nikki’s picture is a little light blue thingy and not that cute pic of her in that white cap. But it’s right on Chrome and IE. So I just don’t get it.

So this is really my question. Do you all use different browsers for different things? If I happen to be online say on Chrome and decide to go to the blog and do some work, I sometimes forget that the posting is as hard as it is. I’ll be in the middle of something and I’ll need help with spelling or grammar and cross over to Word and nothing will transfer. Oy!!!!

So, what do you do? What do you use and do you have a reason?

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19 Responses to Browsers, what do you use and why?

  1. Sue says:

    I started using Chrome b/c all of you made fun of me for still using IE! Even though I’d never had problems with IE, I do find that I like Chrome a lot. It is faster. I have noticed the limited vocab for spell check, but I haven’t had any problems using wordpress with it. The only thing I have to use IE for, that I’ve found so far, is my flex account b/c it won’t accept chrome. Why, I don’t know, but that is a little irritating when I’m in the middle of something and I get that stupid message!

    • Joy says:

      I have found that also with Safari. I’ll be doing something and it won’t let me finish. Not only that but there have been times I’ve had to delete it and re-download it after I did whatever it was. I’m trying to remember what it was and I’m thinking it was updating the shock-wave deal.

      If you’re writing a post using Chrome it’s okay except the spell check problem in the tagging and categorizing area’s but it won’t let me copy and paste from Word. How weird is that?

  2. Laura says:

    I’m a Firefox Girl. I’ve never had any problems with it – not even with videos. It’s always loaded very quickly for me, and it’s completely converted me away from IE.

    Things I like… I can have multiple tabs open. I typically have a minimum of five different pages open at once, and I just have a little tab-board across the top, so I can bounce between them. I’ve had Firefox for so long, I don’t even know if other browsers will do that.

    Firefox has add-ons for EVERYTHING.

    I have a “read it later” add on, which allows me to save a web page to read later, even offline (bookmarks only work when you’re online).

    I also have an add-on, as silly as it sounds, that will customize my browser’s look for me. I really hate most of the “stock” looks that come with the browsers – they’re too futuristic, or the colors annoy, or, more likely – I don’t want my stuff to look like any body else’s.

    I can also create a “favorites” bookmark toolbar, so I have a good 30+ little icons across the top of my page so I can quickly hit the link to visit my favorite sites.

    I use Mozilla’s “Thunderbird” e-mail program, as well – it manages my e-mail and calendar, and works seamlessly with Firefox (they’re the same company). This is similar to Outlook, but it’s not Microsoft.

    My final thing is the two reasons I went with Firefox in the first place: first, they’re NOT one of the “big guys”… specifically Microsoft. I have enough of their crap, I’m forced to use enough of their crap, I’m not going to use it if I don’t have to. (I know, petty) And second, when I got it, it was FAR less prone to viral attack than IE was.

    I’ve been satisfied with it ever since, and have felt no need to find something else.

    (oh, and for the record, every post I write for this blog gets put into Word, first. It just suits my writing style better, and I can save it to go back to later. I get it done, edited, deleted, started over, edited again, trashed again, and finally written the way I want… and then I do a copy-paste into the blog page. That way, I know I’ve got an extra copy, until I hit the “save draft” button. THEN I go and delete my word copy.)

    • Joy says:

      I’ll check out Firefox again. I didn’t keep it very long nor did I try it all out. I remember very clearly Christmas a year ago when I was putting all the Clydesdale horse commercials on here on the weekends and they wouldn’t work so I just gave up on it. I like the sound of that many things on your toolbar like that. Most of them do have those add ons for those but I’ve found only so many fit and then you can’t see them but I like that so much more than a favorites file.

      One thing I love about the Chrome is you can google anything in the address bar and bypass the google page. That is nice. So if I want to go to amazon, all I have to do it type that in and I go right there so I don’t really need to bookmark those.

      I like the idea of saving pages too. I’ll re-check out Firefox. Thanks Laura.

      • Laura says:

        Firefox has that search bar up next to the address bar, too. You can choose which search engine you place up there, too…as long as the search toolbar has been downloaded (I often get ask popping up there, as well as yahoo and a few others. Google is my default.)

        And the bookmarks toolbar is standard, you don’t have to download an add-on for that, I don’t think. When you first start putting things up there, there is a little icon with the title written next to it (like, a little carrot picture and “Cake Wrecks” next to it). There is a way to get rid of those words, but I can’t remember how. I’ll figure it out though, if you need me to.

  3. SKL says:

    I am not that sophisticated. I use whatever was the default on the computer – the little e with a halo. It is not perfect, but I don’t have time to spend trying to optimize my procrastination experience . . ..

  4. pammywammy says:

    Internet explorer is all I use.Its on my computer that was generously given by my sister Karen :)A friend set up my last one to FireFox.I had that for a few years.I guess I dont explore enough.Or maybeI just dont know how to switch.I hate change.Trying to change but gets harder every year 🙂

  5. Lucy says:

    At home I use Safari, and at work internet explorer. Never really liked the set up of Firefox. Haven’t tried Chrome ..but have heard great things

  6. Ellen says:

    I use Google Chrome and IE. Chrome crashing now and then on me. Too much open tabs, I think. IE is very slow. Never used Firefox. Will try that one too. Good question, Joy!

  7. Tasneem R says:

    Mozilla Firefox is the only browser you’ll find on my desktop..

  8. I use Firefox – I’ve never had a problem with it playing videos though… I know Chrome is MUCH faster, but I’ve gotten so used to Firefox that it’s hard for me to change. Still, as far as I know, Chrome is deemed to be the best and fastest these days.

  9. Laura says:

    As far as speed of Firefox vs another browser, I can’t really comment on that. Living out in the country, you get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit, as Josh’s teacher is fond of saying… Anyway, two years ago, we finally had DSL made available to us, which was lightning speed compared to the dial-up that I WAS using, which kicked me off every hour because some mope around here has turned his cow fence up to “barbecue” and it’s near enough to the telephone lines that it interferes with phone calls and internet service.

    That ramble is longhand for: “I can’t tell you which is faster, Firefox or Chrome”

  10. Nikki says:

    I actually changed my picture to the one I have on Facebook probably 2 days ago and it still won’t show up. 😦
    I am not good with all this computer, internet browser talk. I am getting better.
    I have Firefox on the laptop because, if I remember correctly, that’s what came on it and you can’t down load ANYTHING onto that computer, so Firefox is what it is! I can’t play any videos on Facebook but that’s really the only real problem I have. It is slow however. I have access to our desk top all day, so when Jason gets home I let him use the desk top and I hope on the laptop (if I need too.) I don’t too often because it is rather slow! I have Chrome on the desk top and love it. It’s fast, it has spell check and I can watch videos on Facebook. That’s all I really care about. We had IE before and it was SO slow!!! So Chrome it is! I have never thought about using another one for another reason. Chrome seems to work for everything I need. I know I wasn’t much help!

  11. LVISS says:

    I USE CHROME AND OPERA ALTERNATELY. BOTH ARE FAST AND SAFE BROWSERS .
    YOU MUST FIRST CUSTOMIZE YOUR BROWSER VIA TOOLS TO GET MAKE IT WORK THE WAY YOU WANT.

  12. joz1234 says:

    Firefox on my desktop
    Google chrome on my netbook

    I like both. I have no problem playing video on facebook with either.

    I like the home page that you can set up with your bookmarks on google chrome.

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