Moving the IE7 Toolbar to Its Classic Position

One of the most common complaints I see from users after a network-wide upgrade to Internet Explorer 7 is that the standard toolbar is no longer in the same place. I’ve seen users switch to another browser just based on this inconvenience. If you have these types of users, here is a registry edit you can put in place to restore the standard toolbar to its “throwback” position.

First, open the registry editor and browse to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser. Create a new DWORD value named ITBAR7Position. Double click the new value and give it a value of 1. If you open IE7, the bar should be back in its classic position. If you really want to ease the deployment of IE7 for your users, you can deploy this for your entire network


Chris Sanders is a network consultant for KeeFORCE, one of the most popular network consulting firms in western Kentucky. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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