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internetexplorerBy default, Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 comes with a default search bar. This bar lets you search the Internet using default providers such as now Bing, Google, Yahoo!, Ask.com etc. If you prefer to use your own search engines and you hate this search bar, here is a couple of tricks which allow you to disable and remove it in a couple of steps.

First method: Disable the Internet Explorer 8 search box using Group Policy Editor

  1. Click Start on your desktop.
  2. In the search box type GPEdit.msc and hit Enter.
  3. Alternatively, just locate the Local group Policy Editor.
  4. Go to Local Computer Policy –  User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsInternet Explorer.
  5. In the right pane,  double click on Prevent Internet Explorer search box from displaying option. Set its value to Enabled.
  6. Click OK and exit.
  7. Restart your IE8.

Second Method: Disable the Search bar from the registry

  1. Click Start on your desktop.
  2. In ther search box, type regedit and hit Enter.
  3. Locate this subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\InfoDelivery\Restrictions
  4. If it is not available, create it!
  5. In the right pane, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named as NoSearchBox data, and set its value data as 1.
  6. Click OK and exit.
  7. Restart your IE8

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4 Comments to “How to remove and disable Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) search box”

  1. smcfall3 Says:

    no Internet Explorer is shown as a component of Microsoft in regedit or in gpedit.msc. Is there a way to change my administration status so that I can see it? I have given myself full rights on XP.

  2. Bob Says:

    I do not have folder for internet explorer in regedit and using gpedit.msc results in an activex error. Neither work.

  3. paul b Says:

    Thank you. Registry hack worked well.
    .-= paul b´s last blog ..Raquel Welch speaks out on sexual morality =-.

  4. Oracle(1) Says:

    I just tried and it works. I could not stand that useless search box.

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