If you are playing around with IE 9 Beta, you may have noticed the multiple UI changes that have been made. Most of these are good, but some may leave you unable to figure out something that you are used to.
A couple of features that I usually use that have changed..
1.Back and Forward History
This is the history that you get for the back and forward buttons. You accessed this by clicking the small dropdown arrows available next to the buttons in IE8.
But there are no arrows next to the back and forward buttons in IE9. So how do you get to the navigation history. There are no visual indications available and since it is still in beta, documentation is sketchy. So with a little bit of clicking around, I found that you can get the history if you right click the navigation buttons instead of left click.
Now you get the familiar dropdown of the navigation history.
I use this feature a lot as I jump back and forth between pages when searching for stuff and so this becomes very important.
Not very easy to find, but the feature is still there..
2. Closing a non-current tab
You have multiple tabs open and you want to close a tab, but you don't want to switch focus to it.
In the above screenshot, I am currently in Tab 3 (in focus tab), but have my mouse hovering over Tab 2. In IE8 a small cross will appear at the corner of Tab 2 (like the closes button in the right of Tab 3), which you can click to close the tab. The advantage there is that you don't have to switch tabs to close them. In IE9, the close button appears only on the current tab (i.e. tab you are viewing) and to close the non-focus tab you will have to switch to it, for the close button to appear. I had written a feedback around this to MS and got a response saying that clicking the middle mouse button will close a non-focus tab (on my laptop touchpad, I can click left and right button together to do the same).
Again a feature that is not easy to find, but very useful if you know it. Here is a video of this feature at work
(Recommend watching in full screen at 1080p)