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Yes, I'm stuck on IE6 at work.

I've turned-off the available toolbars to just the ones I want - Address & Standard Buttons. I don't like the Links toolbar.

Normally, when I open a new window, it's not there.

However, if the window is triggered from a javascript launch, some high percentage of the time the new window starts with the Links bar. If I don't turn it off, then normal new windows also start applying the Links bar, and I don't want that to happen.

How can I prevent this behavior?

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Awh I pity you! We feel your pain – Ivo Flipse Sep 25 '09 at 7:30
@Ivo - I know. It is not pleasant. But thus is life sometimes :-| – warren Sep 28 '09 at 10:22
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I could be wrong here, but Javascript can choose to explicitly open windows with toolbars, using the toolbar argument. So if the Javascript contains something like this:"c:\somepage.html", "new_window", "resizable=yes, scrollbars=no, toolbar=yes, location=no, directories=no, status=no, menubar=no, width=520, height=200, top=5, left=5")

then I think the new instance of IE will contain toolbars, regardless of your settings.

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You can use a registry entry to disable it for all windows that open:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbars\Restrictions\]

Add a new DWORD value named NoLinksBar and set it to 1.

Note: by default, The last 3 keys do not exist, you will have to make them yourself (Internet Explorer,Toolbars,Restrictions).

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The path through "Internet Explorer" did already exist, but adding the next two levels and the DWORD at the base seems to have not had the effect. I exited all the way out from IE, let all processes die, and reopened, with no success. Any other thoughts? – warren Sep 25 '09 at 7:08
Or did I perhaps miss a vital step? – warren Sep 25 '09 at 7:08
Might it be inheriting something from a GPO that a local change is not going to override? – warren Sep 25 '09 at 7:10
Make sure you're in HKCU, and you're on XP I assume? – John T Sep 25 '09 at 7:47
You can also use the system key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ Toolbars\Restrictions] – John T Sep 25 '09 at 7:50

Try to hide the Links folder so that it won't show up in Favorites.

To do this, open Favorites, right-click the Links folder, and click Properties.
Select the Hidden check box and click OK.

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that seems to only remove it from the Favorites menu :( – warren Nov 25 '09 at 12:30

Hm... just a suggestion, but I suppose you could use resource hacker (or similar) on your iexplore.exe and remove things from the dialogs and whatnot. (I used to remove stuff like ad banners from applications that way)

But can't you use a portable browser? in case you can't install, that's a solution. In case your boss complains, you can actually have Firefox looking precisely like MSIE (even icons, titlebar, etc.)

My $0.02 =/

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no - can't use anything but IE6 for external browsing – warren Jan 6 '10 at 16:53
My suggestion was to get Firefox looking precisely like IE6. I mean, in such a way that no-one would notice. – Camilo Martin Jan 6 '10 at 17:43

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