New Community Column: Windows Internet Explorer 7 Toolbar Options

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

  1. vendor [MS]

    Ted B. Guest

    I am having the same problem with the toolbars repositioning themselves after
    I lock the toolbars (I also had this problem with IE6). Does anyone have any
    solution to this?

    Ted B., Nov 23, 2006
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  2. vendor [MS]

    looking4 Guest

    I found the same thing. No way to configure a truely 'classic' IE6 look and
    feel with IE7. Why can't we move the address bar where-ever as we could with
    IE6? As someone else said elsewhere "customization for any browser/software
    should be finalized, by the user." For the interim I've told friends and
    family not to update to IE7, knowing their tastes they wouldn't like the the
    locked down address bar and several other oddities.
    looking4, Nov 24, 2006
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  3. vendor [MS]

    Ted B. Guest

    I agree with the comment here that the Address bar should be adjustable, both
    in length and position.

    In addition, the "quick search" should be an option rather than required. I
    use the Google toolbar which has it's own (and better) quick search. I don't
    want any quick search on any IE toolbar.

    Also, I had not read the article referenced at the beginning of this
    section. It described how to adjust the position of the individual toolbars
    and how to lock them in place. As I posted a couple of days ago, the "lock"
    does not work. When I put two toolbars on one line, they revert to
    individual lines the next time I open IE.
    so, I now have six lines rather than the three I had with IE 6. That's a
    lot of wasted space.
    Ted B., Nov 25, 2006
  4. vendor [MS]

    Xanderman Guest

    Xanderman, Nov 26, 2006
  5. vendor [MS]

    Xanderman Guest

    Finally some useful information... I've been searching for an hour to find
    the elusive "classic menu" option which isn't on my options list like it is
    shown on the web pages. Guess I'll never find it, it isn't there.
    This has pushed me so far over the edge that I'm not just thinking of
    switching browsers, but operating systems. I've read lots of posts about mac
    superiority and thought the guys were full of hot air and just plain stupid,
    but now I have to agree, microsoft sucks. Makes me regret paying a thousand
    dollars OSs for my two computers when I could have just stolen this junk off
    P2P networks, and forget about support services, not like they do any good
    Xanderman, Nov 26, 2006
  6. vendor [MS]

    sherifftm Guest

    To me it appears that one can only 'customize' what Microsoft wants you to
    customize, NOT what you want to customize. I also do not get the 'Classic'
    selection and a few of the other options that appear in Walker's article.
    sherifftm, Dec 1, 2006
  7. vendor [MS]

    Steve Hebert Guest

    To show the classic menu, simply press the "Alt" key

    Steve Hebert, Dec 2, 2006
  8. vendor [MS]

    Marlesgra Guest

    Having invested in a widescreen monitor I find it really annoying that the
    top toolbar cannot be used for anything more than displaying the actual and
    search URL's. This means that the vertical screenspace is reduced because 3
    lines are now required for displaying the same amount of toolbar information
    as I was able to cram into 2 lines on IE6.

    Also, there seems to be no means of customising the standard search toolbar
    (e.g. for form autofill) if Google is selected as the standard search engine,
    which means that a second Google toolbar has to be installed, making the
    above problem even worse!
    Marlesgra, Dec 5, 2006
  9. As far as moving those icons all over, it didn't take me long to get used to

    What tray icons? If you mean next to the clock, open each program and turn
    off its option to run at startup or else right click the taskbar, choose
    Properties and customize what icons show there. If it's the Quick Launch
    bar, you can remove that by right clicking the taskbar and choosing
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Dec 6, 2006
  10. vendor [MS]

    TCE-dave Guest

    IE 7 tool bars are a step backwards, they use more screen space and the
    address bar can't be removed. This site is of no help either.

    TCE-dave, Dec 8, 2006
  11. vendor [MS]

    Earl Grey Guest

    Hi Robert:

    There is no such thing as a "classic look" to Internet Explorer 7. Like
    it or not, the interface cannot be customized as much as was possible in
    IE 6. Whether or not Microsoft will eventually change this remains to be
    seen - the new browser is only a couple of months old.

    I'm less concerned about superficial things like being able to move
    toolbars around and more interested in the functionality and security
    upgrades. Besides, when I'm on the internet I'm looking at web pages,
    not toolbars.

    But it seems that moving around toolbars is more important to you.

    Earl Grey
    Earl Grey, Dec 15, 2006
  12. vendor [MS]

    Eadie Guest

    Did anyone get an answer to where Classic Menu is? I'm ready to go back to
    6.0 or Opera!

    Eadie, Dec 21, 2006

  13. Right click the Command Bar and make sure it is not locked. Check Menu Bar.

    Easier: Tap the Alt key.
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Dec 21, 2006
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    fasterhorses Guest

    Walker says "Traditionalists, please note that Microsoft understands that you
    might like your standard toolbar the way it used to be. To return it to its
    pre-Internet Explorer 7 form, select Classic Menu, and the classic menu
    appears, looking something like the picture below.".

    Well and good, however when I right click on the tool bar for IE7 version
    7.0.5730.11, there is no "Classic Menu" option - and nowhere in MS Help is
    this addressed. How can I get the classic menu back without simply
    uninstalling IE7 and going back to the last version? Thanks.
    fasterhorses, Dec 23, 2006

  15. Try Menu Bar instead of Classic Menu.
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Dec 23, 2006
  16. vendor [MS]

    fasterhorses Guest

    Create this shortcut and use it: c:\windows\ie7\iexplore.exe

    You get the classic menu view. Thank goodness. Thank you Frank Saunders
    for this fix.

    fasterhorses, Dec 23, 2006
  17. vendor [MS]

    fasterhorses Guest

    I have noticed that there seems to be a confusion about what people who want
    the Classic Menu really want. In ie6, one could move things around on the
    toolbars, one could truly customize them for efficient use. In ie7 such
    customization is apparently not possible - and THAT is what I really want.

    The problem with Mr. Saunders suggestion to just click on Menu Bar is that
    yes, I get the "Classic Menu" but then I have duplication with ie7 stuff I
    can't get rid of. For instance, I have the "Classic Menu" toolbar displayed,
    and I have my Google toolbar on the same line. But afer the maximum amount
    of customization ie7 offers, I am stuck with a toolbar below the Classic menu
    and Google tools (I apparently can't get ride of the Google search box on the
    top toolbar, which is a duplicate search box but not a full Google toolbar)
    with a yellow "favorites" star and a second "add favorites" star, pluse the
    ONE item I really want, which is the Home icon. I'd give up the Home icon if
    I could get rid of that whole toolbar, which cannot be moved or gotten rid
    of, as far as I can tell.

    What burns me is that I have discovered that when installing ie7, my ie6
    with all the service packs were dispensed with (which I wasn't aware I was
    doing, I *thought* was just routinely upgrading my ie6 browser). So now I'm
    stuck with this browser I already hate, or I'll have to suffer through hours
    of downloads from the internet to get my ie6 back.

    No wonder my PC tech, who has recently moved over to Apple products, is
    urging me to do the same. It is tempting.
    fasterhorses, Dec 23, 2006
  18. vendor [MS]

    Poprivet Guest

    No, but there is a "Menu" line; that's the one intended. And, it is
    addressed in Help; you didn't look, did you? Had you looked at all in older
    posts, you'd have seen hundreds of other references to it, too. Learn to
    use what you have.
    Poprivet, Dec 23, 2006
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    fasterhorses Guest

    Well excuse me. I found this forum *after* a whole bunch of looking on the
    MS site, and *after* I found the MS Knowledge Base article saying what others
    have found.

    When people start snipping at others who just want info, then it's time for
    me to sign off. Bye.

    fasterhorses, Dec 23, 2006
  20. vendor [MS]

    evan Guest


    "Options. No doubt life is all about options and when those options concern
    the new Internet Explorer 7 toolbar, they're all good."

    Was this guy working for Disney before he came to Microsoft? You've
    dramatically reduced the ability to customise the toolbar, you've made IE7 a
    much less productive tool as a result, you've pissed off the disabled
    community some of whom use aids that don't work so well with this setup
    others of whom (me) are dislexic and have real trouble using such a rigid,
    confused system.

    If you're going to downgrade something because you're in a hurry be honest
    about it, we'll understand, you _can_ say, "we're still working on the full
    set of features and we accept IE7 may not be as functional as IE6 was in some
    respects. It's great in others, why don't you try it and see which you
    prefer?". I'd respect that. I'd respect it particularly if it came with
    easy uninstall instructions.

    I'm going back to IE6 (although in the meantime I've discovered Firefox
    which I needed to be able to access this newgroup to find out how to unistall
    IE7 - it has a toolbar I can customise BTW). When IE7 is fully functional
    I'll upgrade.

    Seriously though, poor toolbar customisation options, bad idea. So many
    people have altered the toolbar to suit the way their minds work (espescially
    mine) IE7 slows them down, makes them less productive. I've issued my IT
    staff with an instruction that it's not to come into the building. I don't
    want the drop in productivity.

    evan, Dec 27, 2006
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