How to remove the IE developer toolbar

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How to remove the IE developer toolbar
The Developer Toolbar, like many other IE toolbars, is removable. (typing #5 image by Adam Borkowski from

If you are a web developer, you may have installed an earlier version of the Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar. This add-on for IE 6 and IE 7 provides a rich set of tools that assists with site creation, debugging and maintenance. If you are not a web developer, the toolbar can still be useful for examining the inner workings of a website. However, if you want to remove the toolbar from Internet Explorer, you have that option via the browser's settings panel.

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  1. 1

    Open Internet Explorer and click "Tools" to display a drop-down list. Select "Manage Add-ons" and then "Enable or Disable Add-ons." The "Manage Add-ons" window will open and display Internet Explorer add-ons. You will need to disable two add-ons in this list.

  2. 2

    Click the first add-on, "IE Developer Toolbar," to select it. Click the "Disable" radio button at the bottom of the window.

  3. 3

    Click the second add-on, "IE Developer Toolbar BHO," to select it. Click the "Disable" radio button. After you click these buttons, IE will display the two add-ons in the "Disabled" panel at the top of the window.

  4. 4

    Click "OK" and restart Internet Explorer. Click "Tools" to verify that IE removed the Developer Toolbar.

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  • Even if you are not a developer, you might still find the toolbar's resolution changer, colour picker and on-screen ruler useful.

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