Restore Toolbars in Internet Explorer and/or Windows Explorer

While the cause is not known, the following values in the Registry can become corrupted, making the toolbar, address bar and other tool bars disappear in Internet Explorer and/or Windows Explorer.

The fix is simple.  Click Start, Run and enter REGEDIT   Next, Navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar

There are 3 sub keys: Explorer, ShellBrowser, WebBrowser

In each of these sub-keys is the entry for ITBarLayout

For IE Toolbars: The WebBrowser Sub-key directly affects IE.
For Windows Explorer Toolbars: The Explorer Sub-key directly affects Explorer.
The ShellBrowser sub-key may affect IE as well. Its effect on IE and Windows Explorer is unknown at this time, so if the first option doesn't work, delete the ITBarLayout value here as well.

Choose the relevant sub-key and right click where it says ITBarLayout and select Delete.

The deleted value will automatically be recreated for you.

You may want to right click on the main key (above) and select Export. This will allow you to backup the contents of the whole key, including subkeys.

This page last updated 06/03/2011 06:11
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