IE9 User? You’ll Love ‘Pinning’ Your Blog

If you use the new Internet Explorer 9 beta (IE9) on Windows 7 and have a blog on WordPress.com, you should definitely check out some cool new features.

First, not only do the charts on your stats page load faster — thanks to new canvas element support in IE9 — but each WordPress.com site also includes a high-res icon for your browser, taskbar, or shortcuts. Once you start using IE9, you’ll find this icon comes in handy when you want to “pin” a blog.

Pinning? Yes, Pinning!

Wait, just what is pinning, you may be asking? It’s actually quite simple and a lot like bookmarking but on your computer instead of in the browser. Once pinned, you can launch your blog right from your Windows taskbar. A handy context menu lets you access some of your most common tasks such as adding a new post or moderating comments, with a single click. You also can pin a friend’s blog to stay up-to-date on their latest posts.

To get started, the first thing you need to do is download Internet Explorer 9 while using Windows 7. Let’s take a look at how things unfold from there:

Pinning Your Blog

Pinning features on IE9

When you sign in to your blog, you can pin your own site and get extra tasks that make blogging easier and faster. A logged-in user can quickly access links to their dashboard to write a new post, moderate comments, upload a new file, or view blog statistics. (Each task only appears if the user has that task’s capability, such as site administrator’s.) A custom list also displays up to 5 latest posts for the current blog context.

You can pin someone else’s blog, too. When you do, an icon appears that lets you subscribe to the blog feed, signup for a free blog, read Freshly Pressed, and access WordPress.com Support and forums.

How to Pin

This is simple:  Just visit a blog in a IE9 tab, grab the tab, and drop it onto the taskbar at the bottom of your desktop. When you pin a site it will either show up as a large WordPress logo or as your own Blavatar if you’ve uploaded one.

P.S.: You can learn more about IE9 on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer blog (hosted on WordPress.com!).


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  1. dhimasln

    wow, that will looks really cool. 8)

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  2. raditherapy

    hey this is awesome!

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  3. Tom Baker

    That is an excellent resource for IE users. Unfortunately I don’t think I know any IE users. Most people I know use Firefox.

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  4. Shahryar

    Seems pretty cool, will try out once we get IE9 at work (since we just got IE7 I expect it will be a while). Unfortunately for home/personal use, I’m a mac user and there’s no IE for Mac so I can’t try these out 😦

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  5. technolanguages

    Hi Joy.

    Fantastic post. Thank you for sharing.

    LCS

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  6. range

    That’s kind of cool. Almost makes me want to download IE9. FF is kind of bloated bc of all of the add-ons and extensions. Don’t use Chrome.

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  7. craftystaci

    I haven’t taken the leap into IE9 yet, and didn’t really care before, but that pinning thing sounds interesting.

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  8. Sajib

    Ok. Great post. But I’m not in big love with IE9 nor do I like the way WordPress.com is *indirectly* promoting IE9 by firstly putting it on the front page tagging as Sponsored Post and now promoting it from its official blog.

    But I believe even Google begins to promote IE9, people will not roll back to that thing anymore, at least as long there is Firefox and Chrome [I have bad experience with Chrome though. But many people find it very useful.]

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  9. Rolando Peralta

    wow!!! thanks for letting us know! I’ve already done this with Facebook and I just made it with my wordpress.com blog.
    Fantastic!!!

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  10. mr.cacadu

    This may come in handy. Thank you.

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  11. Jesus Carries Me

    Oh my! That is so cool!

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  12. garlicfriesandbaseball

    Thanks for the info. I’ll update my PC and get back to your post! Thanks again!

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  13. Eric

    Haha. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to IE. But this is great for the majority of user who do!

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  14. shamusoconner

    wishing I wasn’t using windowsXP 😦

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  15. Pearlie

    A very useful tool 🙂 Thanks..
    And I did notice that the stats charts were loading quite quickly too!

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  16. nitrome1nobody

    Does this work on other windows computers like Windows XP?

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    • hew

      Microsoft system requirements state that IE9 requires Windows 7 or Windows Vista SP2 (with Platform Update). Windows XP is not supported.

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  17. AKHMAD SUDRAJAT

    Unfortunately, I am still using Windows XP 😀

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  18. martinsoler

    This is good. It may even make me want to use IE again! Hope it’s fast too!

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  19. ireal

    Great feature.

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  20. illage3

    Even so I still will not use IE9.

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  21. Anne Lessing

    This is awesome! I’ll check it out when we download IE9! I would love having my blog right there all the time. Makes procrastinating so much easier. XD

    Thanks WordPress!

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  22. Ady Mat

    That’s amazingly cool future centric feature for the WP users. Thanks to both IE9 and WP producers!

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  23. Samantha

    i use mac how sad:(

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  24. rolisz

    I have some bugs using IE9 and WordPress. I can’t write new posts. I can’t place the cursor in the box to type. But I love the jumplists. They are really cool.

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  25. Musicofourheart

    Likes the IE9 pinning feature, especially for the WordPress blogs I publish and administer. Thank you for pointing out this new option Joy 🙂

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  26. fc360

    Doesn’t work for me just pins a shortcut to my blog on the taskbar that when clicked on opens IE9 and loads up my blog.

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  27. adventurewriter

    This’ll be a useful feature to be sure. Thanks!

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  28. tellthetruth1

    Didn’t know about IE9 till you mentioned it here! I’m off to scrump it from somewhere. IE8 is a pest for locking up. Thanks:-)

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  29. David S.

    Ugh! I still can’t let go of Fire Fox.

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  30. Stick

    I am good with Win XP and FF.

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  31. Laura C

    This rocks! Great work between WP and IE9 teams! 😀 I downloaded IE9 yesterday and am enjoying it a lot so far. 🙂

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  32. Dillie-O

    Now that was a fast response to the new features with IE9. Good job guys! No need to worry about implementation tricks on my end. 8^D

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  33. Ryan

    Nice “pinning” feature. Too bad I have to switch back to Windows XP (IE9 is not supported on XP).

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  34. wdbx

    Try Firefox– you’ll love “not having a crappy browser”.

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  35. Mr Rhymes

    sick i wanna give it a try sometime

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