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Too Many Toolbars in Internet Explorer

For many years Internet Explorer has provided a way for other companies to build toolbars that can be used to add functionality to the browser. I personally love the Google toolbar. It provides a quick way for me to search the Internet and provides a way to share your favorites among multiple computers. The problem is that sometimes you end up with too many toolbars and your browser is cluttered at the top with row after row of buttons you do not use.

Here is an easy way to get rid of the toolbars you do not need. We will assume you are using Internet Explorer 7. Open up Internet Explorer and click on "Tools" at the top, then "Manage Add-ons", then "Enable or Disable Add-ons". This opens a window titles "Manage Add-ons". This window shows a list of all the add-ons that have been installed in Internet Explorer. At the top of the window, be sure that "Show:" is set to "Add-ons currently loaded in Internet Explorer". Now scroll down the list and pay attention to the "Type" column. Anytime you see a "toolbar" in the "Type" column, look at the "Name" column on the left to see the name of that toolbar. If you want to disable that toolbar, click on it's name, then click on "Disable" at the bottom of the window. Do this for each toolbar you do not use, then click the OK button.

Once you have finished disabling toolbars, simply close all open Internet Explorer windows, then open Internet Explorer again. Some of the toolbars are smart and know you disabled them. The first time you open the browser they may ask if you are sure you want to leave them disabled. When the browser is opened you should see a little less clutter at the top.

If you decide that you would like a toolbar back simply go through the same process again, but click on "Enable" for that toolbar instead of "Disable" at the bottom of the "Manage Add-ons" window.

Posted by Charles Swihart on 4/1/2008

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