Tuesday, April 01, 2008

How to change the location of the IE 7 toolbar

In previous versions of Internet Explorer, the main toolbar (File, Edit, View, Favorites, Tools, Help) was located at the very top of browser window, above the address box into which you type URLs. With IE 7, Microsoft moved the address bar to the top and put the toolbar under it. Although it's not a huge change, some people don't like it. If you're one of them, you'll be happy to know that there's a way to put things back the way you're used to, with a registry tweak. Here's how:

  1. Open your favorite registry editor.
  2. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Toolbar \ WebBrowser
  3. Right click an empty space in the right pane and then click New | DWORD Value.
  4. Name the new value ITBAR7Position.
  5. Double click the new value and set the Data Value to 1.
  6. Click OK and close the registry editor.
  7. Close and reopen IE7.