How to Delete the Favorites Button in IE 8

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There are a variety of reasons for removing the "Favorites" button in addition to other buttons and menus in Internet Explorer (IE), from maximizing the space for webpages on a small monitor to setting up a public computer with only the most basic functionality. In Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), the "Favorites" button is particularly troublesome. Unlike other buttons, it cannot be explicitly removed or hidden. Even more annoying, if you disable tabbed browsing and hide the "Command" bar, the "Favorites" button sits all by itself on an empty toolbar, using valuable screen real estate and being accessible to anyone using the computer. The "Favorites" button can be hidden with a registry hack, but the entire "Command" bar and browser tabs will also be hidden. Chances are, if you want to get rid of the "Favorites" button, you have already hidden these toolbars.

  • Exit IE8 if it is running (select "Exit" in the "File" menu).

  • Open the "Start" menu. On Windows XP and earlier, click "Run" and put your cursor in the "Open" box. On Windows Vista and later, put your cursor in the "Search" box.

  • Type "regedit" and hit the "Enter" key. The Registry Editor opens. The left side of the screen show folders representing registry keys.

  • Open the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" key by clicking the plus sign (+) next to its folder icon. The folder expands to display the keys it holds.

  • Open the "Software" key under the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" key.

  • Open the "Policies" key under the "Software" key.

  • Open the "Microsoft" key under the "Software" key.

  • Open the "Internet Explorer" key under the Microsoft key. If this key does not exist, right-click on the "Microsoft" key, open the "New" menu, and click "Key." Type "Internet Explorer" and hit the "Enter" key to create the new key.

  • Open the "Toolbars" key under the "Internet Explorer" key. If it doesn't exist, create it as before, right-clicking on the "Internet Explorer" key to start creating the new key.

  • Open the "Restrictions" key under the "Toolbars" key. If it doesn't exist, create it as before, right-clicking on the "Toolbars" key to start creating the new key.

  • Right-click on the "Restrictions" key, open the "New" menu, and select "DWORD." Type "NoCommandBar" and hit the "Enter" key. (If this value already existed, skip this step).

  • Double-click "NoCommandBar" on the right side of the screen. The "Edit DWORD Value" window opens.

  • Type "1" in the "Value data" box and hit "OK."

  • Exit Registry Editor.

Tips & Warnings

  • See the IE Shortcuts link in the Resources section for a list of hotkeys for accessing hidden tools.
  • Don't include quotes when typing into Registry Editor.
  • Editing the registry can lead to system instability. Be careful to use exact spellings and add items in the correct locations. See the Resources section for information about backing up the registry.

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