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Change the User Agent String in Internet Explorer 8

Do you need on-demand user agent string switching while browsing with Internet Explorer 8? If so then you will want to have a look at UAPick User-Agent Switcher.

A User Agent String identifies your browser and system details to sites you go to. It will identify your browser, version number, and details about your system. This allows a web server to use the information to provide content specific to your browser. If you want to change the value of the data being sent, using the UAPick User-Agent Switcher will do the job in IE 8.

Installing UAPick User-Agent Switcher

We chose to install UAPick User-Agent Switcher from the IE Add-ons gallery but it can also be installed/downloaded from the homepage (link provided below).

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Click on Run when the appropriate window appears.

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You will need to confirm the installation once the temporary installation file has downloaded.

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The default install location will be in the Program Files area.

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Once the installation has finished you will see a message about where to find the switch command and that it will be available the next time you start Internet Explorer.

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UAPick User-Agent Switcher in Action

Before changing the user agent string on our browser we did a quick I.D. check to verify our settings.

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To change the user agent string go to the tools menu and select the Set UA String listing.

Note: The user agent string will automatically switch back to the original default each time you restart Internet Explorer.

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A new temporary window will open with details for the current string visible.

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Open the drop-down menu and select the desired user agent string.

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For our first example we chose “Konqueror, Debian”. Click on the save button when you are finished.

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You will be presented with a new window showing the details for the new user agent string.

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Refreshing our browser displayed a successful switch.

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For our second and final example we chose the “Netscape 3, Win 95” listing. Another success…

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Conclusion

Whether out of necessity or just for fun UAPick User-Agent Switcher provides you with a nice assortment of user agent strings to use while browsing.

Links

Add UAPick User-Agent Switcher to Internet Explorer 8 (IE 8 Add-ons Gallery)

Add UAPick User-Agent Switcher to Internet Explorer 8 (UAPick Homepage)

Learn More About User-Agent Strings

Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 06/21/10

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