Customize Tool Bars Puzzle

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by CWLee, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. CWLee

    VanguardLH Guest

    What is the program that you are trying to run? It isn't /extoff.
    That's a parameter to the program. Look at the command you tried to
    run, which was:

    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe/extoff"

    What part of that string is the *program*?

    Asterisks imply bolding in plain text posts, slashes imply italics, and
    underscores imply underlining - but it helps if you use an NNTP client
    that shows those styles for those text tags although a human should be
    able to interpret, too.

    *bolded string*
    /italic string/
    _underlined string_

    Going back to running the command, what is the executable file that you
    are trying to run? And what part of that string is the path to that
    executable file?

    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer" is the path.
    "iexplore.exe" is the program
    "/extoff" is a parameter to the program.

    If spaces are included in the path or filename, you need to enclose the
    full or relative path (path+file) within double quotes so the spaces get
    included (rather than getting used to parse the command line).

    With no double quoting:

    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe /extoff

    would look to the command-line parser as though you specified:

    token 1: "C:\Program" for the program (but there isn't one by this name)
    token 2: "Files\Internet" as the 1st parameter
    token 3: "Explorer\iexplore.exe" as the 2nd parameter
    token 4: "/extoff" as the 3rd parameter.

    The parser will tokenize the string using spaces to delineate those
    tokens. The first token is the program to run. The other tokens are
    parameters to the program.

    Since you have to use double quotes to delineate what part of the
    command line constitutes the path+program (1st token), where in the
    above command string would you use double quotes?

    .. <humming the Jeopardy theme song>

    Here's the answer:

    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" /extoff

    Now the parser will see:

    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" as the first token on
    the command line hence the program and see "/extoff" as the 2nd token to
    be used as a parameter given to the program.
    Have you tried loading IE8 in its no add-ons mode yet?

    If that doesn't work but rebooting into Safe Mode works then you are
    loading some program on Windows startup that is interfering with the
    expected behavior for IE8. Use msconfig.exe to see what are the startup
    items (not all are listed by this utility but it's a good starting
    point). Start reviewing what security software you have installed and
    its "protection" options. And start doing malware scans of your host.
    VanguardLH, Oct 19, 2009
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  2. CWLee

    CWLee Guest

    The problem has been solved. It turns out that the "Command
    Bar" must be checked in order for the "Add or remove
    commands" option to become operative.

    Many thanks to VanguardLH and Alan Edwards for their
    patience and assistance.

    Best regards to all.
    CWLee, Oct 20, 2009
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  3. CWLee

    VanguardLH Guest

    Good reminder. Since that is the toolbar that you can customize (and
    the only one) then it makes sense that customization would be disabled
    if the Command Bar was itself disabled (not shown). The Add/Remove
    Buttons options is used to customize the Command Bar.

    If you have the Menu Bar displayed, there isn't much point in having the
    Command Bar displayed unless you want quick-click options to the same
    functions available in the drop-down lists in the Menu Bar.
    VanguardLH, Oct 20, 2009
  4. CWLee

    CWLee Guest

    Yes, it is all perfectly clear now. I had incorrectly
    assumed that the customization option applied to more than
    one toolbar. Now I know differently.
    I agree, but here is my reason to show the command bar -
    which may not apply to many other people. There is a free
    software download that provides what is called a "Clarify
    Button". I have used this for years, on both my system
    running Windows 2000 and the one running Vista. To add it
    to my laptop running XP I need to customize the command bar
    to include it. It is the only item I have showing there.

    The Clarify Button basically changes webpages in color to
    black and white. Normally color is not a problem for me,
    but more often than I like I find color combinations, such
    as yellow text on green background or white text on gray
    background, which are extremely difficult for me to read.
    By changing the background to white, and everything else to
    black, I can then read it easily. It makes no changes in
    fonts or font sizes - just color. If you want to know more
    about it do a search under "Clarify Button" and you will
    find the site that explains it in more detail.

    Thanks again for your assistance.
    CWLee, Oct 20, 2009
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