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How Do I Add/Remove 'Supplied By From Internet Explorer Title Bar

How Do I Add/Remove 'Supplied By From Internet Explorer Title Bar

There are occasions, particularly when you are an OEM copy of Windows or when you install your ISP’s dial up software, when your Internet Explorer Browser has the words ‘Supplied by, followed by the name of your ISP or PC Manufacturer.’ Not everyone is keen on having their browser title bar hijacked simply to advertise their ISP or PC manufacturer. Fortunately, if your PC is running a copy of Windows XP Professional you can easily remove this intrusive advertising by using one of two methods. The first will only work with Windows XP Professional because it uses the GPEDIT application. The second method requires the user to edit the registry. This can be used for both Windows XP Home and Professional editions.

METHOD ONE - Windows XP Professional Only

1/ Click the Start Button

2/ Select Run

3/ In the Run dialog box type: gpedit.msc

4/ This will open the Group Policy window

5/ On the left of the window you will see a list of options. Select User Configuration and click on the plus sign to expand the menu

6/ Next click the plus sign next to the option marked Windows Settings

7/ The Windows settings menu will expand

8/ Now click the plus sign next to the Internet Explorer Maintenance Option

10/ From the drop down menu select Browser User Interface

11/ Having clicked on the Browser User Interface option you should now see three options in the right hand pane of the Group Policy window

12/ Right click on the Browser Title option and select Properties

13/ The Browser Title Window opens

14/ If you want to Add a title place a check mark in the ‘Customise Title Bar’ box

15/ This will now enable the Title Bar Text box

16/ Type the text you require into the Browser Title box

17/ After completing the title, press Apply

18/ Next click OK

19/ Finally close the Group Policy Window.

20/ To Remove a title from the browser bar simply delete the text in the title bar dialog box. Click the Apply button followed by OK. Finally close the Group Policy Window

METHOD TWO - Windows XP Home and Professional

If this option does not work you can always attempt the following. Please note, however, that this second method requires you to edit the registry. Do make sure that you have backed up your registry BEFORE making any alterations.

1/ Click the Start button

2/ Next click Run

3/ In the Run dialog box type: Regedit

4/ The Registry editor will now open

5/ To edit the Windows Title for Outlook Express navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER/identities/outlookexpress/5.0

6/ From the list of items that appear in the right hand pane locate Windows Title

7/ Right click on this option and select Modify

8/ Now Delete 'Microsoft Outlook express Supplied by XXXX' from the Value Data dialog box

9/ To remove the title bar from Windows Explorer proceed as above but navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Main

10/ Once again locate the Windows Title option and right click on it, select Modify and then delete 'Microsoft Windows Explorer Supplied by XXXX' from the value data dialog box.

11/ Finally close the registry editor

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