How to Unlock the Internet Explorer Toolbar


Toolbars in the Internet Explorer web browser are the collection of buttons and icons that represents the different functions you can perform within the program. There are three standard toolbars in Internet Explorer: one for the program's standard command buttons, one where you type in website addresses, and one for quick links. These toolbars are often found at the top of the screen, but can be moved to any other position you wish. This can be done by dragging the toolbar to the position of your choice. If you find that you cannot drag a toolbar, it might be locked.

  • Close other windows. Before you unlock the toolbars, make sure you only have one Internet Explorer window open on your system. Check this in the task-bar along the bottom of your screen. Close any additional Internet Explorer windows you have open.

  • Navigate to the "Lock the Toolbars" option. The easiest way to do this is to right-click on one of the toolbars.

  • Click through using the menu. If your right-click function is disabled, or you would prefer to find the "Lock the Toolbars" option by navigating through manually, click on the "View" drop-down menu. Select "Toolbars" and you will see "Lock the Toolbars" listed in the menu that appears.

  • De-select "Lock the Toolbars." When you have found the "Lock the Toolbars" function listed, you will see a small tick appears to the left of the words that say "Lock the Toolbars." Click on "Lock the Toolbars" to remove the tick.

  • Move the toolbars. Once you have de-selected "Lock the Toolbars" you will be able to move and re-size your toolbars as required.

Tips & Warnings

  • If "Lock the Toolbars" does not appear in the menu, you might not be able to move or re-size the toolbar. This can be the case if the computer you are using is a networked computer in a workplace. In this instance, you should contact your system administrator for more information.
  • Once you have moved the toolbars to the preferred position, re-select "Lock the Toolbars" so you do not move it again by accident. Check that the change has been implemented permanently by shutting down Internet Explorer and re-opening.

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