I love my IE... less than a second to load the thing, this google toolbar that now works to kill popups and my entire toolbar squeezed comfortably on one line.. good times.
All the toolbar buttons can be moved up in-line with the top menu just as in IE. View -> Toolbars -> Customize, and drag the buttons where you want them.
The load time is due to IE's "integration" with your OS, so that many of its components are loaded to RAM when you start Windows. There is a quickloader for Mozilla et al. which does the same thing: loads browser components into RAM at startup and keeps them resident for seemingly accelerated startup times.