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Separate search box in IE
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Author:  Cincinnatus [ Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Separate search box in IE

I managed to have a search box apart from address bar (IE8 style), only I don't remember how I did it. Then after cleaning the Registry I lost it.

Is it a ClassicShell feature? Can't find it in Classic Shell, nor in Internet Options.

Internet Explorer 11, no other add-ons. Win 8 x64. Classic Shell 4.1.0

Author:  Ivo [ Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Separate search box

No, Classic Shell doesn't have any features regarding the search box in IE.
There is a setting to hide the Search box from Windows Explorer.

Author:  Cincinnatus [ Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Separate search box in IE

Well, maybe it should, because it's "Classic". We old people really dislike having search and address in the same box.

I know you don't get paid by Microsoft so it's desperately off topic, but would you mind to tell me how to? I'm racking my brains and still can't find it. Thanks in advance.

Author:  Gaurav [ Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:49 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Separate search box in IE

I agree it should. IE totally needs a search box. But Microsoft removed it in all releases starting with IE9. And now with "Spartan", they are killing IE itself.

The only way to have a separate search box in IE is to revert to Internet Explorer 8. You can go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features. Click "View Installed Updates" and then in the Windows Explorer search box, type: Internet. Select the IE version you have installed and click Uninstall. Once you restart and revert to IE8, it will give you the usable search box with drop down menu of search providers.

Using an older version of IE can be problematic because many web pages do not support it. In that case, see this article on how you can use the Classic Shell Start Menu search box as a replacement for IE's lost search provider functionality. It can give you something like this:

There are addons for IE like Quero toolbar: which give you a toolbar with a search box but it's not very usable.

Author:  Cincinnatus [ Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Separate search box in IE  Topic is solved

GauravK wrote:

Now, that's awesome, all that I need and much more! Comprehensive article good from start to finish. Thanks a lot.

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