New Community Column: Windows Internet Explorer 7 Toolbar Options

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by vendor [MS], Jun 21, 2006.

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    vendor [MS] Guest

    New Community Column: Windows Internet Explorer 7 Toolbar: It's Your Option

    Columnist Mark Walker explains how to customize your browser toolbar to suit
    your personal taste and improve your productivity.

    Ask questions or post comments about the column here.

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.


    Suzy Gillett
    Site Manager, vendor [MS]
    vendor [MS], Jun 21, 2006
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  2. In other words there's very little you can customize.
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE, Jun 21, 2006
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    R-Edwards Guest

    I'm trying to find out how to open NOT a blank page but the HOME page. Since
    the 'home page' menu item seems to be gone, the only method seems to be to
    close ALL tabs and reopen IE7 (I'm using B3). Come on - there's got to be a
    way around this obvious missing item (what is a blank page useful for?).
    R-Edwards, Jul 2, 2006
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    Pen Guest

    tools/internet options/general/
    the first item is home page.
    Pen, Jul 2, 2006

  5. You don't have an icon of a house on the left end of the command bar? Or it
    doesn't have a down arrow?
    How about Tools Internet Options? No Home Page section?
    How about the settings in Tools | Internet Options Settings in the Tabs
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE, Jul 4, 2006
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    ronnycopeh Guest

    ronnycopeh, Aug 26, 2006
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    ronnycopeh Guest

    The only problem i have is the tabs, how do you make it automically tab
    instead of pressing cltr lioke in othe browsers.
    ronnycopeh, Aug 26, 2006
  8. Sandi - Microsoft MVP, Aug 26, 2006
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    DavidC Guest

    So right click anywhere on IE7 toolbar and the 'Classic' option appears!?!?!
    - No. I would like the freedom to be able to move some of the 'toolbar areas'
    around to suit me.
    DavidC, Sep 9, 2006
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    Nedret Guest

    The article explains how to customize the contol of the browser. But IE7
    misses a very important possibilities for customization. There is no way (at
    least I cannot find it):
    - to move the to a different position the bar with the two back/forward
    buttons, URL field, stop, refresh and go button
    - as it's stated in the article nowadays we all use motitors with higher
    resolution, so when the IE7 window is maximized the band with the address bar
    is too long; i would prefer to be able to set the size of it and possibly
    place other toolbars on the same line.
    - the quick search field and dropdown with the search engines is pinned with
    the rest of the same band - back/forward,address,stop, refresh, go. Why
    couldnot I to decide to place the quick search block on a different location.
    - As we use browsers for a very long time already, we are used to have the
    refresh and stop buttons next to the back/forward buttons. It might be more
    ergonomic to have them to the right of the address bar, but why it's not
    possible to the user to define their positions

    My overall observation on the customizations is that there's step backwards
    compared to IE6 - it had much better customization possibilities for

    Nedret, Sep 13, 2006
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    donspeck Guest

    How Ironic to bring up the importance of more screen space when IE7 takes up
    more space than IE6. IE6 allows smaller, no-text icons already and allows all
    toolbars to be moved and combined; IE7 has two toolbars that are like'em or
    lump'em with screen wasting empty space. I have become fond of fullscreen
    browsing with no toolbars or taskbars using the auto-hide feature; however,
    in this mode IE7 only displays the no-option toolbars even though others are
    selected and the taskbar is not displayed when I move the cursor to where it
    is hidden.

    I've gone back to IE6 and I hope the IE7 toolbars will be brought back to
    IE6 quality before the final release or I will be looking for a browser from
    someone other than Microsoft.
    donspeck, Oct 2, 2006
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    Jasper Guest

    I just installed IE7. -hated it.
    I am about to uninstall it, and reinstall IE6.
    Maybe I'll just make my life easy and switch to FireFox as my default.

    If Microsoft refuses to listen to customers, then don't use their products.

    1. I should be able to hide any toolbar.
    2. I should be able to move/size any toolbar.

    IE 7 (which I'm not keeping) is awful on my widescreen monitor (which I love
    and I am keeping)
    Jasper, Oct 6, 2006

  13. I tend to agree about the wasted space, but you can remove the text labels
    the same way you could in IE6.
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Oct 7, 2006
  14. OK people.. I have been following this for a while, and i thought i would
    put my 10 cents worth into this as well...

    I have IE7 installed, and i am using the Google Toolbar.. as well as the
    acrobat toolbar as well (installed with Acrobat Pro) .. The "blank" space
    is non existant, Google utilises it to display the keywords from any search
    parameters that i type in the toolbar search box. OK.. so i have a "double"
    search box, one for google and one for but who cares..

    I have just one gripe.. I have tried everything to make it remember the
    position of the toolbars, and it just simply refuses.. Locking does not
    help.. the toolbars are locked into position, and then the toolbars move and
    are still locked upon opening the browser again!

    I even tried diving into the registry.. That helped, until i logged off and
    on again!

    A simple solution is all we really need.. The ability to resize / rename /
    retext ANY toolbar, and a way in which we can SAVE the settings we have made.

    Greetings from Malta..

    PS.. no I am not switching to Firefox.. or uninstalling IE7... This is
    PRERELEASE software... The Bugs / nigly bits that everyone is finding or
    complaining about is the way in which the guys & gals at MS can sort out
    things.. Say your mind.. and by all means post the things you prefered in
    IE6, or IE4 or indeed firefox.. But remember back to Beta1 !!
    they didnt implement the close X on the tabs..
    The tab viewer was not present
    RSS feeds was terrible
    the speed was undesirable to say the least
    and the security was OTT

    They got changed in Beta 2, and refined in RC1,

    Give the guys a chance.. to sort stuff out in RC2
    Piero Timpano, Oct 9, 2006
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    Noghar Guest

    I installed IE7 yesterday and spent many fruitless hours trying to move the
    buttons on the toolbars to places that suit me. IE6 allowed me to do that to
    my satisfaction... I had a little search window for Google, with space for
    the terms to pop up on the left so I could search for them on the page... I
    had the whole thing down to three slim bars, leaving lots of room for the
    actual webpages.

    To get the same functinality on IE7 I had to have four separate toolbars
    open, and still could not move the 'home' button from fourth bar down on the
    right to top bar on the left, where the other navigation buttons live, and
    where I find 'em most useful and intuitive.

    Well, I had avoided Firefox till now, finding it relatively clunky by my
    standards. But after seeing the fiasco that is IE7's interface I installed
    Firefox, shuffled the toolbars around just the way I like 'em, and will be
    avoiding IE7 until 7.1 comes out and gives us some room for individual

    (The Microsoft article mentioning how 'many of you liked the old system -
    just switch to Classic view' rubbed salt into the wound. It confirmed MS
    knew all along we users have our own ways of working, and thought, 's*d 'em,
    they'll just have to do it our way', and dumped the Classic View option. )
    Noghar, Oct 20, 2006
  16. Yup, this article was complete marketing hype that is factually inaccurate.

    Classic Menu - not even available - maybe it's part of the Yahoo addon, or
    something else - but the fact that he actually spends a paragraph on it is
    insulting to the reader.

    I think Mark Walker should have picked another topic to hype up, cause
    toolbar customization took several steps backwards. I like IE7 even less
    after reading this article.

    We've been using IE for 5 years, we're comfortable with it, and the toolbars
    in IE 6 didn't need to be 'fixed'.

    I do like the tabs, but I keep looking for the x on the right hand side,
    sorta like Visual Studio.Net - gonna take some time to get used to.
    Harry F. Harrison, Oct 20, 2006
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    njoyn Guest

    I have just installed IE7 and thus far really enjoy it. The one
    customization that I would like perform (and am unable to find the solution)
    is to keep the command bar area on top of the screen.. When the cursor point
    is placed on the command bar area it "appears", as soon as the cursor is
    moved down into the body of the past the command bar area rises up out of
    view. Is there a way to lock it so that is does not rise out of view? Thank
    you for any assistance you can provide.

    Jim Dollinger
    njoyn, Oct 22, 2006
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    Jim Guest

    I agree with columnist Mark Walker that vertical screen space in the browser
    is valuable (to see as much of a web page as possible).

    I like the IE7 address bar. I don't want to use tabs, however, because they
    use up a line of vertical space and I can use windows instead (tabs seem to
    me to be redundant -- Windows already supports a way to switch between
    multiple windows).

    Also, I enjoy one-click access to my favourites, so I enabled the Links bar.
    (The new 'favourites center' is way too many clicks especially when
    favourites are organized into folders)

    Now I'd like to merge the Links bar with the Command bar. How do I do that?

    In summary, I'd like the following:
    Bar 1: Address bar
    Bar 2: Command icons | Links (favourites)

    but the closest I can get so far is:
    Bar 1: Address bar
    Bar 2: Links (favourites) (with lots of unused space to the right)
    Bar 3: Command icons (with lots of unused space to the right)

    I've unlocked the toolbar but cannot get the Links to merge with the Command

    What should I do?
    Jim, Oct 23, 2006
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    Giles Guest


    I'm just glad to find I'm not the only one with the problem I've been
    struggling with: the refusal of the toolbars to stay put from one session of
    Explorer to another, even when specifically locked (I'm using the Google and
    Acorobat toolbars). Sure, I can move them around so they fit neatly, but the
    change is about as permanent as a politician's promise. It makes me wonder
    what the point of "Lock the Toolbars" is.

    That said, I'd just like to add a positive comment: the inclusion of tabs in
    IE7 is great - that in itself is enough to make me stick with it.
    Giles, Oct 23, 2006
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    Steve Hebert Guest

    Steve Hebert, Oct 24, 2006
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