Internet Explorer Search Box - Add or Remove

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How Add or Remove the IE7 and IE8 Search Box
Synopsis
This will show you how to add or remove the Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) and Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) Search box for all user accounts on the computer.
How Add or Remove the IE7 and IE8 Search Box

information   Information
This will show you how to add or remove the Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) or Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) Search box for all user accounts on the computer.
Note   Note
This can be helpful if you installed a toolbar (EX: Yahoo's or Google's) that has a search bar with it and you no longer want or need the default IE search box.
Tip   Tip
To change the settings for the IE Search box, see: How to Change the Internet Explorer Search Box Settings in Vista

EXAMPLE: IE Default Search Box
Before.jpg
EXAMPLE: IE Default Search Box Removed
After.jpg




OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download

1. To Add the Internet Explorer Search Box Back
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
ShowSearch.reg
download

B) Go to step 3.​

2. To Remove the Internet Explorer Search Box
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
RemoveSearch.reg
download

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click Merge.​
5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (UAC-Windows 7), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​
8. Close and re-open IE7 or IE8 to see the change.​






OPTION TWO
Manually Through Registry Editor

1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter.​
2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7).​
3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (See screenshot below)​
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft
All_Microsoft_Reg.jpg

4. To Remove the Internet Explorer Search Box
A) In the left pane, right click on Microsoft and click on New and Key, then type Internet Explorer and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
All_IE_Reg.jpg

B) In the left pane, right click on Internet Explorer and click on New and Key, then type Infodelivery and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
All_Infodelivery_REG.jpg

C) In the left pane, right click on Infodelivery and click on New and Key, then type Restrictions and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
All_Restrictions_REG.jpg

D) In the right pane of Restrictions, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value, then type NoSearchBox and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
E) Right click on NoSearchBox and click on Modify.​
All_NoSearchBox_Reg.jpg

F) Type 1 and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
Modify.jpg

G) This is what the registry should look like now. (See screeshot below)​
All_Finished.jpg

H) Go to step 6.​

5. To Add the Internet Explorer Search Box Back -
A) In the left pane, right click on Internet Explorer and click Delete. (See screenshot above)​
B) Click on Yes to confirm the deletion.​

6. Close and re-open IE7 or IE8 to see the change.​
That's it,
Shawn


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Last edited:
Shawn Brink

Comments

This is Cool but one can make the search Box search Google(or any other) by Default.
As you said tho,this is only for those who already have a toolbar installed tht has a search box :)
 
Shawn, I'm all for removing what's not needed. In fact, with my Menu Bar, Google Toolbar, Roboform Toolbar, Links, Adobe Acrobat and McAfee SiteAdvisor Buttons, my IE7 is getting vertically challenged. The top line on IE7 is virtually useless except for the upper right corner buttons for minimize, resize, and close the window. Would it be possible to replace the search box with the windows buttons and eliminate the top line giving me more vertical space in my IE7?

Bruce
 
Hello Bruce,

I do not believe that is possible without some 3rd party customization program like Windows Blinds or Skin Studio. You might see if you can temporarily unlock the toolbars to see if you can drag any of them together, and lock the toolbars afterwards.
 
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