Some web sites display differently depending on which web browser you are using to access them. Similarly, some websites are designed specifically for a particular browser and they display properly only on that web browser. For example, if you visit the Chrome web store website in a web browser other than the Google Chrome, then it would not be displayed correctly. If you are an Internet Explorer user, then you can easily change the user agent string and fool the website into believing that you are using a different web browser. Here is how:
- Open Internet Explorer using the taskbar or desktop shortcut.
- Press the F12 key on your keyboard to open the developer tools section.
- In the developer tools, select Tools → Change user agent string and then choose a string to spoof. You can select from various versions of Internet Explorer, IE for Windows Phone, IE for Xbox, Google Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Bing Bot etc. You can also specifiy your own custom user agent string. You can find user agent strings for many web browsers at the http://www.useragentstring.com website.
- That’s it. Now you can enjoy browsing a website as if you were using a different web browser. You should note that this spoofing does not work when there are features related to web rendering engines are involved.