If you’re one of those who still use that “other” browser (Internet Explorer or IE), you’ll be glad to know that there are ways to extend the functionality of IE just like you can in Firefox or Chrome.

There are not as many add-ons for Internet Explorer as there are for Firefox and Chrome, but you can explore the official Internet Explorer Gallery to see if there are any that peek your interest. In this article, we show you how to install add-ons in Internet Explorer 9.

To begin, activate the Command bar, if it’s not already available. Right-click on an empty area of the tab bar and select Command bar from the popup menu.

Click the Tools button on the Command bar and select Toolbars | Manage add-ons from the popup menu.

On the Manage Add-ons dialog box, click the Find more toolbars and extensions link in the bottom left corner of the dialog box.

The Internet Explorer Gallery site displays in your default browser. Click the Add-ons link at the top of the page.

If you know the category for your desired add-on, click on it in the list on the left. You can also click “all” to display all available add-ons.

Click on the image of the add-on you want to install. We chose the Webpage Screenshots add-on.

When the web page for the add-on displays, click the Add to Internet Explorer button.

You can save .zip file to your hard drive before installing the add-on, or you can open it directly. We chose to open the .zip file from the site.

The file is downloaded to a temporary location.

Once the file is downloaded, a Windows Explorer window opens, displaying the contents of the .zip file. Double-click on the .exe file to start the installation.

If the User Account Control dialog box displays, click Yes to continue.

NOTE: You may not see this dialog box, depending on your User Account Control settings.

The Select components to install screen displays. The Create Shortcuts check box is selected by default. If you don’t want shortcuts, select it again so there’s no check mark in the box. Click Next.

If you want to choose a different destination folder for the program, use the Browse button. We chose the default destination folder, and that’s what we recommend you do as well. Click Install.

The progress of the installation displays.

When the installation is completed, click Close.

You must restart Internet Explorer to complete the installation. Click OK to close the dialog box. Internet Explorer is not restarted automatically. You must exit the program manually and then start it again.

A message displays at the bottom of the Internet Explorer window for the add-on we installed, allowing us to enable the add-on. Click Enable.

Depending on the add-on, a special toolbar may be added to Internet Explorer, providing access to the add-on’s functionality. We decided to take a screenshot of the browser window and save the file.

A dialog box displays allowing us to choose a location and specify a name for the file.

Once we save the file, we have the option to open the folder in which it was saved.

Each add-on you install takes up time when loading Internet Explorer, so you may want to limit the number of add-ons you install. The more you install, the more unstable IE becomes and the more likely it may crash.

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