Run IE7 as a standalone browser window

Debugging IE7beta can become tedious when you need to continualy install, reboot, uninstall, reboot, etc to switch between IE6 and IE7b2 for testing. Jon Galloway has created a great method to run IE7 as a self contained browser. This will save you many hours in rebooting to test between the browsers. I’ve been using it for a week and can’t believe how easy this is to use.

A note of warning

You should only use this if you have a backup computer or are comfortable working with the registry. I found this out the hard way as the computer crashed while operating the standalone version of IE7. My laptop now displays very odd behavior with IE6. Another person on our team is experiencing similar behaviors. We’ll need to modify our registry tomorrow to fix this. How odd…? When you type an address in IE6, it opens firefox in a new window. It’s also ignoring conditional comments. Happy, Happy.

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Accessibility is more than making sure images have alternate text. I work with engineers, product managers, and designers to understand how accessibility impacts the users, set realistic deadlines, and create the solutions to provide a delightful experience to all users, regardless of their physical, sensory, or cognitive ability.

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  1. This sounds like a much needed tool indeed. What I want to know however is will there be an equivelent in IE6? Someday when it is released ill nodoubt upgrade to Windows Vista, which comes packed with IE7. Dont particularly want to be running IE6 by default, if you know what I mean.

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