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Windows 7: IE8 Address Bar Search

24 Jun 2009   #1
Wayner

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
IE8 Address Bar Search

Hey guys,

Not sure if this is the right place for it, but there seems to be a wealth of information knocking around in this forum so i thought i'd try my luck and see if anyone else has seen this....

Using IE8 (in Win 7 RC 7100) and i just noticed today that my address bar no longer allows me to search directly in it. If i type anything not a web address it throws me an 'Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage' error.

Possibly complete co-incidence, or possibly connected, i also just changed my default search engine to bing. Have tried changing back to google and no effect, so i am guessing maybe this has nothing to do with it, but i figured worthy of mention.

Have i inadvertently changed a setting or something...? i'm sure i am not imagining that i used to be able to search using my address bar!? If anyone could shed some light on this for i would be very grateful

Thank you in advance
-Wayner-


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24 Jun 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello Wayner,

In the IE8 Internet Options, under the Advanced tab, double check to make sure that the item boxed in red below is selected instead.
Name:  Internet_Options.jpg
Views: 297
Size:  86.9 KB
Hope this helps,
Shawn


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24 Jun 2009   #3
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Hey Shawn, you should make this a tutorial.

~Lordbob
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24 Jun 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hi David,

Added to the list to be made tommorow. I'm just about ready to land on the keyboard asleep again. LOL

UPDATE:
Here's that tutorial.

Search from Internet Explorer 8 Address Bar
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24 Jun 2009   #5
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hi David,

Added to the list to be made tommorow. I'm just about ready to land on the keyboard asleep again. LOL
Yeah, I know the feeling. If you need help adding tutorials, you have a ready and willing bunch here to help you out you know.
Tell any of us to do it, and we would.

~Lordob
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24 Jun 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Thank you David. It's nice to know that the help is there as needed.
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24 Jun 2009   #7
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Thank you David. It's nice to know that the help is there as needed.
Help is always around whether you know it or not.

I honestly never knew you could remove the search bar.
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24 Jun 2009   #8
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Thank you David. It's nice to know that the help is there as needed.
It's what we do!
So really, let us know how we can help!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkNovaGundam View Post
Help is always around whether you know it or not.

I honestly never knew you could remove the search bar.
I didn't either, so good to know.

~Lordbob
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24 Jun 2009   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hi Steve,

Well, that option only disabled searching through the address bar and leaves the search box intact. The tutorial below will show you how to remove the Internet Explorer Search box instead.

Internet Explorer 8: Home page
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24 Jun 2009   #10
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hi Steve,

Well, that option only disabled searching through the address bar and leaves the search box intact. The tutorial below will show you how to remove the Internet Explorer Search box instead.

Internet Explorer 8: Home page
=O One of few to use my real name. Thanks for that.

Ahh well I've switched to Firefox 3.5 RC2 after a long struggle to stay with IE (<3 MS things) but I gave in and switched.
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