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Published on 06.04.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable the Search Box in Internet Explorer

Learn how to remove Internet Explorer’s search box in Windows 7.

This policy setting allows you to disable the Internet Explorer Search box. The Search box includes all installed search providers as well as a link to search settings.

If you enable this policy setting, the Search box in Internet Explorer will be disabled, and will not appear in the Internet Explorer frame.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, the Search box will appear by default in the Internet Explorer frame.

Note: If you enable this policy setting, Internet Explorer will not enumerate search providers for the Accelerators infrastructure. If Accelerators are not turned off, users can install search providers as Accelerators to include them on the Accelerator menu.

Remove Internet Explorer’s Search Box

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Internet Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Prevent Internet Explorer Search box from displaying in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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