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Toolbar Customizations

You can personalize the toolbar that appears in your users' browser, giving you flexibility and design opportunities. The elements you can work with include the toolbar background and the appearance of the icons for the standard toolbar buttons, such as Search and History.

To customize the toolbar further, you can change the appearance and number of additional buttons. Your ability to specify the script or program that the buttons launch gives you an additional level of control over the toolbar included in your custom package. For more information about designing custom programs, see the MSDN Online Web Workshop.


Click Use Windows default toolbar background bitmap when you are not customizing the background. To customize the background, click Customize toolbar background bitmap, and then specify the name and location of the bitmap file.


When you work with custom toolbar buttons, you can add your own button icons, the script file or executable associated with each button, and the location of the toolbar icon files. After adding buttons, you can return to the Toolbar Customizations page of the wizard to edit or remove them whenever you want.

Delete existing toolbar buttons, if present

To delete all of the toolbar buttons in the users' browser, except the standard buttons that are installed with Internet Explorer, select this check box. This option is available only to corporate administrators.


  • The toolbar background should be the size of the toolbar and light enough to show black text.

  • If you enable themes in Windows, your custom toolbar background is ignored. To use a custom toolbar background, switch to the Windows Classic theme.

  • Selecting the Delete existing toolbar buttons, if present check box deletes only the buttons that were added manually. The standard buttons installed with Internet Explorer remain.

To add a custom toolbar button

  1. Click Add.

  2. In the Toolbar caption (required) box, type the text that should appear when users hover over the toolbar button. You must specify a caption or label for the button. The recommended maximum length is 10 characters.

  3. In the Toolbar Action, as script file or executable (required) box, type the name of the script file or executable file, or click Browse to find it. You must specify the script or executable file that runs when users click the toolbar button.

  4. In the Toolbar color icon (required) box, Type the name of the file that represents the button in its active state, or click Browse to find the file. You must specify a color icon for the button that appears on the toolbar. The icon consists of 20-by-20 pixel images for active and inactive states. For more information, see the MSDN Online Web Workshop.

  5. In the Toolbar grayscale icon (required) box, type the file name and location of the grayscale icon for the toolbar that appears on black-and-white monitors, or click Browse to find the file. You must specify a grayscale icon for the button that appears on the toolbar.

  6. Select the This button should be shown on the toolbar by default check box to display the toolbar button in the users' browser by default.


    • When you indicate the location of bitmaps, scripts, and applications, you specify the address as well as the file name.

    • For an illustration showing how branding is applied to your customized browser, see How Customization Works.

To edit a custom toolbar button

  1. In the list of custom toolbar buttons, click the button that you want to work with. Then click Edit.

  2. Edit the information you want to change.

To delete a custom toolbar button

  1. In the list of toolbar buttons, click the item that you want to delete.

  2. Click Remove. The toolbar button is immediately removed from the list. When your users install your custom Internet Explorer package, the button is not available.

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