I have a screenshot of an IE web browser. My question is, how can I tell whether it's IE 7 or IE8?

I've looked on the net and all the different shots of 7 and 8 look the same.

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    This is also useful for answering the same question about which version of IE a person is using as you look over their shoulder. Dec 3, 2010 at 18:44
  • I think you mean "How can I tell the difference between IE7 and IE8 in a screenshot?", since (AFAIK), by default, Internet Explorer doesn't have the ability to take screenshots of itself. Dec 3, 2010 at 18:47

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Look at the website address shown in the address box.

In Internet Explorer 7, the entire address is black:


In Internet Explorer 8, only the main domain name is black, the rest of the address is gray:



It is very hard to tell from just a screen shot. Initially I thought I spotted two differences, but as it seems I was wrong and there is only one.

IE7 screenshot:
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IE8 screenshot:
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On a default installation, IE8 and IE7 display the favorites button differently. I am not sure if this is customizable, but without any customization it should look different.

You should use this only as a hint and not as a definitive way of telling the browser version. The look of a browser can be heavily modified using different plugins / themes.

(This was originally posted for the question on Stack Overflow, but the answer didn't get migrated along with the question.)


IE8 should have the compatability tag after the address bar.
I don't think Ie7 has that.
See Image below:

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However looking at certain sites i.e BBC.co.uk some don;t seem to have the compatibility buton showing on the bar. You could see if it has it and check the website displayed though. Should give you an idea.

  • A user can hide that button easily enough anyway, so the absence of it wouldn't be conclusive.
    – MartW
    Dec 3, 2010 at 16:59
  1. Have a look at the color of the tab. IE 8 introduced colored tabs.

  2. Also post the image so that we can have a shot at guessing the browser.

IE 8 Colored Tab

  • What about the back and forward buttons would give you a clue about the version? Dec 3, 2010 at 18:44
  • In addition to being coloured, the tabs in IE8 were also slightly ... 'flatter' than in IE7.
    – eidylon
    Dec 3, 2010 at 18:55

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