Visual tour: See what you're missing in the latest crop of best of breed browsers

Here's a close-up look at how Firefox 2, Internet Explorer 7, Opera 9 and Safari 2 handle key browsing features and functions.

Tabbed Browsing

Not too long ago, opening multiple Web pages in different tabs within the same browser window was the killer feature for Web browsers. These days tabbed browsing is standard, but each browser has different ways of helping you finding your way when you've got lots of tabs open.

Safari 2 offers a bare-bones approach to working with multiple tabs: Mouse over a tab to see a text tip pop up with the site's name.

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Safari 2 offers a fairly bare-bones approach to working with multiple tabs: Just mouse over a tab to see a text tip pop up with the site's name.

Opera 9 provides more complete site information along with a helpful thumbnail image when you hover over a tab.

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Opera 9 provides more complete site information along with a thumbnail image when you hover over a tab.

Firefox 2 has a handy drop-down list that shows all your open tabs. (Click the down arrow at the right edge of the tabs bar.) This shot also shows the third-party Colorful Tabs extension in use -- each tab gets a different color to make them stand out from one another.

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Firefox 2 has a handy drop-down list that shows all your open tabs.

IE7 can show thumbnails of all your open tabs with a click of the Quick Tabs button at the left edge of the tabs area.

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IE7 can show thumbnails of all your open tabs with a click of the Quick Tabs button at the left edge of the tabs area.

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