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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Remove Internet Explorer 7 Search Bar

One of the better features in IE7 is the search bar where you can quickly conduct a search and customize with the search engines of your choice. However, if you have a toolbar with a search bar built-in like Google Toolbar, you might not want an extra one cluttering up your screen.
Intelliadmin has figured out how to hide the IE search bar by modifying the registry, but first remember to backup your registry just in case:
Microsoft never put an option in the settings for IE 7 to disable or remove it, but you can set a registry key to make it go away.

If you open this key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Infodelivery\Restrictions

And create a dword value named "NoSearchBox" and set it to 1. The search box will be gone. Set it back to 0 and it will be back again.
Or, to do it the easy way, download their hide search bar utility.


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in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ is a key called Restrictions. But you have to create a new key in Internet Explorer called Infodelivery. In this key, a new key must be created, called Restrictions. In this key add the dword value NoSearchBox

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