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    Hide or Show Search Box in Internet Explorer 11

    Hide or Show Search Box in Internet Explorer 11

    How to Hide or Show Search Box in Internet Explorer 11
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    14 Sep 2017
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    How to Hide or Show Search Box in Internet Explorer 11

    information   Information
    Internet Explorer 11 is a web browser that comes included with Windows, but Microsoft Edge is the default web browser in Windows 10.

    In IE11, you can show tabs on a separate row, but this will also have the search box show to the right of the address bar. If you don't show tabs on a separate row in IE11, the search box will not show.

    This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the search box on the address bar in Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.
    Note   Note
    The September 12th 2017 monthly rollup for Windows 7 (KB4038777), Windows 8.1 (KB4038792), and Windows 10 (KB4038782 & KB4038788) included the Cumulative Internet Explorer Security update that has changed the layout and behavior of Internet Explorer 11. This update now shows the search box beside the address bar in IE11 by setting to show tabs on a separate row.

    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Hide or Show Search Box in Internet Explorer 11
    • Option Two: To Hide or Show Search Box in Internet Explorer 11 using a REG file


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    Hide or Show Search Box in Internet Explorer 11 OPTION ONE Hide or Show Search Box in Internet Explorer 11
    To Hide or Show Search Box in Internet Explorer 11

    1. Open Internet Explorer 11 (IE11).

    2. Right click or press and hold on the top blue bar in IE11, and click/tap on Show tabs on a separate row to check (show search box - default) or uncheck (hide search box) it for what you want. (see screenshots below)

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    Hide or Show Search Box in Internet Explorer 11 OPTION TWO Hide or Show Search Box in Internet Explorer 11
    To Hide or Show Search Box in Internet Explorer 11 using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MINIE

    ShowTabsBelowAddressBar DWORD

    1 = Show
    0 = Hide


    1. Do step 2 (show) or step 3 (hide) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Show Search Box in Internet Explorer 11

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Show_Search_box_in_Internet_Explorer_11.reg

    download


     3. To Hide Search Box in Internet Explorer 11

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Hide_Search_box_in_Internet_Explorer_11.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If Internet Explorer 11 is currently open, then close and reopen it to apply.

    8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    14 Sep 2017 #1
    Join Date : Sep 2017
    Posts : 2
    Win10 Pro 64bit

    I'm sorry, but that is not really a fix. If you wanted the tabs on the same row as the address bar, you would never had seen the issue in the first place. What is needed is a check box in Internet Options > Advanced. In there is a check box to "Hide the button" (for Microsoft Edge). If they can do that for the Edge button, they should be able to add one for the Search Box.
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  2.    14 Sep 2017 #2
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Quote Originally Posted by TracyLit5 View Post
    I'm sorry, but that is not really a fix. If you wanted the tabs on the same row as the address bar, you would never had seen the issue in the first place...
    Yes you would (and I did). The September 12th Cumulative Update KB4038788 changed this setting to show the tabs on a separate row, regardless of how you had it set before the update.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bree
    ...Subtle change, and took a while to realise what had changed. Took even longer to find and untick the setting to put it back the way I had it before...
    Cumulative Update KB4038788 Windows 10 v1703 Build 15063.608
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  3.    14 Sep 2017 #3
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    Win10 Pro 64bit

    Quote Originally Posted by Bree View Post
    Yes you would (and I did). The September 12th Cumulative Update KB4038788 changed this setting to show the tabs on a separate row, regardless of how you had it set before the update.
    Cumulative Update KB4038788 Windows 10 v1703 Build 15063.608
    My mistake...and my apologies.
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  4.    16 Sep 2017 #4
    Join Date : Sep 2017
    Posts : 2
    Windows 7 x64

    I have always had my tabs show below the address bar on a separate row. There was never a search box next to the address bar. The address bar stretched all the way across.

    This behavior has changed and this article does not fix that. It only moves the tabs to a place I don't want them.

    How do I remove the search box while leaving the tabs below the address bar?
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  5.    16 Sep 2017 #5
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    Posts : 1
    Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by Lance69 View Post
    I have always had my tabs show below the address bar on a separate row. There was never a search box next to the address bar. The address bar stretched all the way across.

    This behavior has changed and this article does not fix that. It only moves the tabs to a place I don't want them.

    How do I remove the search box while leaving the tabs below the address bar?
    I am seeing the same issue, Win7 64bit, IE11.

    My preferred layout:

    Address bar with NO Search box.
    Tabs on a separate 'toolbar'.
    Menu bar.
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  6.    16 Sep 2017 #6
    Join Date : Sep 2017
    Posts : 2
    Windows 7 x64

    Quote Originally Posted by pentlands View Post
    I am seeing the same issue, Win7 64bit, IE11.

    My preferred layout:

    Address bar with NO Search box.
    Tabs on a separate 'toolbar'.
    Menu bar.
    Yes, exactly!
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  7.    18 Sep 2017 #7
    Join Date : Jun 2017
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Enterprise N

    I'm in the same boat.

    I found this article because the title pretty clearly says "How to Hide or Show Search Box in Internet Explorer 11". However, all this article actually does is to show how to enable/disable "Show tabs on a separate row", which is something VERY DIFFERENT.

    Does anyone actually now how to remove this "new" Search Box, without affecting the tabs showing on a separate row?
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  8.    18 Sep 2017 #8
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 25,174
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17040
    Thread Starter

    This tutorial was posted because of this setting change made to IE11 by the updates noted at the top of the tutorial.

    It effectively will "hide" or "show" the Search box in IE11 based on this setting.

    It unfortunately doesn't "add or remove" or "enable or disable" it.
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  9.    20 Sep 2017 #9
    Join Date : Jun 2017
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Enterprise N

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    This tutorial was posted because of this setting change made to IE11 by the updates noted at the top of the tutorial.

    It effectively will "hide" or "show" the Search box in IE11 based on this setting.

    It unfortunately doesn't "add or remove" or "enable or disable" it.
    The point being the title of this article promises something, it doesn't deliver upon. It can't undo the new change to IE11 of adding a search box.

    False advertising? Bragging you know how to do something, you really can't?

    This article should be renamed to something more true to what it does (changing tabs location).
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