Do you love the idea of having IE Tab integration in Firefox but wish that there were more features? Now you can enjoy that IE Tab integration along with the addition of cookie synchronization and access to Adblock Plus.


Once you have installed the extension and restarted Firefox, the only noticeable UI difference that you will see is the small Firefox Icon in the lower right corner. This is what you will see if you hover your mouse over the icon…

Note: There is a toolbar button that you may add if you desire using the “Customize Toolbar Window”.

This is the “Right Click Menu” for the icon. Notice that you can open the current webpage in an “External Application” as well as switching rendering engines or accessing the settings. The default “External Application” is Internet Explorer but can be set to a different browser if you desire (nice!).


You can access the options either through the “Add-ons Manager Window” or by using the “Right Click Menu” for the “Status Bar Icon”.


In the “Sites Filter Tab Area” you can modify or create rules for webpages…green dots signify a feature being active (for their respective columns).

This is the “Right Click Menu” for the “Site Filter List”…

In the “General Settings Tab Area” you can choose the features that are activated for the interface, actions to be taken when switching rendering engines, and if you would like to have Adblock Plus active in your IE Tabs.

Select the menu items that you would like to display in Firefox’s context menus in the “Context Menu Tab Area”.

Make any desired modifications for the external browser used in the “External Application Tab Area”.

Want to make certain that you have all of your favorite settings saved for a fresh install or to transfer to a portable version of Firefox? You can do so easily using the “Import/Export…” function.

Coral IE Tab in Action


Ok…time to try things out! Here you can see the How-To Geek website open in a regular Firefox Tab…

With the use of either the “Status Bar Icon” or the “Context Menus” you can easily switch to an IE Tab. Notice the display message at the top of the browser window area…just a helpful hint if the webpage does not display correctly the first time.

You can also see that the “Address Bar & Status Bar Icons” have changed to IE-based Icons…this makes it easy to always know which engine is open in a particular tab (very nice!).


If you have been looking for extra features to compliment IE Tab integration in Firefox, then you are definitely going to enjoy using Coral IE Tab!


Download the Coral IE Tab Extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

Download the Coral IE Tab extension (Extension Homepage)

Akemi Iwaya
Akemi Iwaya has been part of the How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media team since 2009. She has previously written under the pen name "Asian Angel" and was a Lifehacker intern before joining How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media. She has been quoted as an authoritative source by ZDNet Worldwide.
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