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Optimal Internet Browsers for Viewing Sense on Cents

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 2, 2010 7:03 PM |

I want everyone’s visit to Sense on Cents to be enjoyable and easy on the eyes. A few readers, however, have indicated they are having trouble viewing the comments box and/or that the left sidebar margin extends into the main reading content area when they click to view an entire article.

Although only a few readers (I’ve only heard from three) are having difficulties, that doesn’t mean there aren’t others experiencing similar issues. As such, I thought it might be helpful to provide a little technical support regarding internet browsers. Keep in mind I am not the most computer savvy, but I hope the following troubleshooting information is helpful.

If you have a Windows based computer, you are most likely using either Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome to browse the web. In my experience, Internet Explorer works fine . . . but if you are not running the most up-to-date version of this browser, you will most likely encounter difficulties with the way pages load and are displayed. If any of our readers are using Internet Explorer, please make sure you have the latest version (which is IE v8) installed on your computer. To see what version you are running, open Internet Explorer, click on Help, then click on About Internet Explorer. A window should open up indicating the version of IE that is running on your computer. You can download the latest version of Internet Explorer here. My guess is that updating to Internet Explorer 8 will resolve most visual issues.

Personally, I prefer using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to browse the web. They are faster, more secure, and have fewer compatability issues than Internet Explorer. Before writing this piece, I checked to see what version of Firefox was currently running on my PC. Turns out I’m running Firefox v3.5.7. Even though a later version (v3.6) exists, my somewhat out of date version runs flawlessly: the pages of Sense on Cents load properly and there is nothing askew with the layout. Even so, updating to the latest version of Firefox is simple . . . and you can find it here. I’ve also got Google Chrome on my computer. It’s a great browser with lots of customizable options. Find a copy here to try it out.

Although I’ve always been a PC guy, several of my family members use Macs. Apple builds Mac computers with its own web browser called Safari. I haven’t heard of any complaints viewing Sense on Cents from Safari, but I know the browsers mentioned above (with the exception of Internet Explorer) can also be downloaded and installed on a Mac, if you prefer.

I certainly do not have the computer knowledge of the Geek Squad, but I’m hoping this information is helpful. My suggestion to anyone having technical issues with Sense on Cents is to first make sure the browser you are using is up to date . . . especially if it is Internet Explorer. In addition, don’t hesitate to send me an email ( describing any site issues. If some of our more technically proficient readers have additional suggestions regarding web browsers and/or troubleshooting solutions for viewing the site, please leave a comment.


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