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Remove search bar from IE 7

by Steve Wiseman on December 6, 2006 · 1 comment

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The search bar in IE 7 can be convenient. You can customize it to use any search engine you want. Even your own home brew search engine if you want.

IE 7 Search Bar

It can get really annoying if you already have search software installed from Google, or Yahoo. Who wants two search bars when you only need the one you want?

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.

IE 7 Search bar gone

For those who don’t like messing with the registry, we have made a utility that will do it for you

IE 7 Search bar utility

Get it from our downloads section – As always no spyware, or adware…only freeware goodness!

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1 Tobias February 13, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Just wanted to say thanks for the tip. It worked perfectly with IE8 :D

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