Which is the best internet browser for writers?

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The modern writer needs the web to find work, research content and submit their finished articles, so which browser makes it easiest for them?

We can tell you what our least favorite is – Microsoft Edge. The latest irritating Edge feature we’ve discovered is the automatic conversion of any URLs into title tags when taken from Edge and pasted into Word. Many of us need to compile sources as we write, and although this feature can be turned off, it’s a classic example of Microsoft’s bungled attempts at “joined-up thinking”.

The best one comes down largely to personal preference, but we love Mozilla Firefox, and share the opinion of that it remains the best browser of 2021. Privacy-focused and highly customizable, of particular value to researchers is how easily it lets you flick through your bookmarks and browsing history.

Google Chrome is pretty good too, but can run slower on older machines and has a natural tendency to nudge you towards Google tools at every opportunity.

If you’re a Mac-using writer, Safari is of course in tune with your interface, but is rarely recommended for the PC crowd. Meanwhile, many computer geeks rave about Opera, though it’s perhaps better suited to gaming and leisurely internet use.

Often, a browser is what you make of it. All of them have a user guide you’ll be able to find online, which is worth a read if you want to learn the tips and tricks that let your chosen browser earn its keep on your device.