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Windows 7: Google toolbar won't show in pinned websites

06 Sep 2011   #1
bsn321

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Google toolbar won't show in pinned websites

Hi all - new to Windows 7 and coming up to speed.

I have downloaded Google toolbar for use in IE and having a problem.

When I launch IE by opening the actual IE icon, I can see the Google toolbar. Further, while this instance of IE is open, I can right click on IE toolbar area to see what toolbars and toolbar options are available (i.e., see other toolbars that are installed, choose to display them, etc.)

BUT - there are several websites I frequent, and have pinned them to the Windows 7 taskbar. When I launch those websites from the pinned icon, it launches IE, but I don't see Google toolbar. In fact, I can't even then see an option to display the google toolbar, or any other toolbars, for that matter. When IE is launched using the pinned versions, it's as if IE has lost all recollection of having any toolbars installed.

I have also recently created a "quick launch" area in the task bar (I always preferred that in Windows XP). Same result there. In short, the only instance of IE that runs with installed toolbars is the original IE icon that came loaded with Windows 7.

What am I missing?

Many thanks -
Brad

PS - I'll need to check IE version, but this is new Acer computer running Windows 7 64 bit. I think it must be at least IE9?


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06 Sep 2011   #2
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

I believe I know what's going on...

I bet the toolbar is only installed in 64 bit browser and your shortcuts on taskbar are to 32bit IE... or visa versa!

Also, make sure when you are right clicking in toolbar area that you are in a blank area and not on top of any buttons!
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12 Sep 2011   #3
bsn321

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Darryl - I will investigate this.

However - a little more help might be needed. If when I created the shortcuts in the in taskbar I just dragged them from the address bar into the taskbar, why wouldn't it be the same bit-version of IE?

That is - I'm not sure how I would even make a shortcut that isn't the same as the version of IE I'm running. This is a new laptop and one of the first things I did was to install Google Toolbar in IE.

I guess I little more advice on what to check for and how to fix would be most appreciated. Even if I did somehow figure out that my shortcuts were 32 bit vs. 64 bit (or vice versa) - I wouldn't know what to do next or how to make them same as IE.

Many thanks -
Brad
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14 Sep 2011   #4
bsn321

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Anyone?
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14 Sep 2011   #5
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Did you check both the 32 and 64 bit versions of IE??? Since you have the 64bit Win7, you have both versions of IE...???

Here is what you should see at the top of Start --> All Programs...

Google toolbar won't show in pinned websites-start_menu.png


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15 Sep 2011   #6
bsn321

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I will check (on other computer right now).

But are you saying I should have BOTH versions of IE installed? Or only the 64-bit version (since OS is 64?)

Many thanks.
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15 Sep 2011   #7
bsn321

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Okay - I'm on the computer in question now. Yes - I do indeed have both 32 and 64 bit versions of IE installed (came installed on computer).

So to summarize my issue:

From the start menu, when I open each of the versions of IE, it shows the Google toolbar in both. Further, when I right click in the toolbar area, it shows options to show all toolbars (i.e., Menu, Favorites, Command, Status, AND Google toolbar, which is "checked" to show).

When I open a pinned version of a favorite website, it opens IE in 32 bit, but does NOT show the Google Toolbar. Further - when I right click near the toolbar, it only gives me options for Menu, Favorites, Command, Status AND NO Google Toolbar is even listed for me to turn on.

This is true for favorites that are "pinned" in the bottom taskbar as well as those launched from a "quick launch" folder I've created in the bottom taskbar.

So this brings up new question: do I need both versions of IE???

AND - how does one choose the version of IE into which Google Toolbar is installed? Perhaps I need to go to Google and install while I'm using the 32 bit version. I guess I'll try that - but any insight as to why I need both IE verions is greatly appreciated.
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15 Sep 2011   #8
bsn321

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Okay - sorry for all the messages - but figured I'd keep it moving with updates.

While I had a 32 bit version of IE open, I went to Google and installed the Google toolbar.

So again - when I open IE directly from the Start Menu - in both versions - it shows the Google Toolbar.

Still no Google toolbar when I open from a pinned or quick launch favorite.

Another test: I launch IE from the Start Menu - and it shows Google Toolbar. I go to a website. I right click and drag the website onto the Desktop to save a shortcut to the link. When I open that link, it opens IE (32 bit version) with no toolbar.

What am I missing??? Something definitely seems to be wrong.
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15 Sep 2011   #9
bsn321

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

As I investigate more - anyone have thoughts on this?

Internet Explorer 9's nagging 64-bit woes

This could definitely be the culprit. The example of the Bing toolbar is exactly the same issue I'm having with Google toolbar.

Is it okay to delete the 64-bit IE???
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15 Sep 2011   #10
bsn321

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Well I'm still at it.

I downloaded Google Chrome and found something interesting.

I open Google Chrome and go to a website. I bookmark this website in Chrome. I drag the bookmark from Chrome onto the Windows 7 Desktop. When I click on that saved link on the desktop, it opens the link with IE 32-bit WITH GOOGLE TOOLBAR.

?????

This is crazy. Anyone who can shed light on this - I'd love to figure out what's going on. This work around with Chrome is silly.
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