How to Create an IE Browser Plug In

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How to Create an IE Browser Plug In
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The IE (Internet Explorer) browser is designed and developed so that its features can be appended by other programs. IE functions can be added through IE plug-ins. You can develop and customise your own IE browser plug-ins to meet your specific requirements. The extended plug-ins includes security plug-ins that help protect your computer while browsing and time-saving IE plug-ins that are new buttons and menus helping users to find applications.

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  • Visual Studio IDE

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  1. 1

    Click "Start," "All Programs," then "Visual Studio IDE" to develop new IE plug-ins. Click "File" and "New Project." In the "New Project" dialogue, expand "Other Project Types." Click "Extensibility" and select "ADX IE Add-on" from the "Templates" section. Type a name for the new project in the text box next to "Name" and select a location for the project files by clicking "Browse." Click "OK" to finish the dialogue.

  2. 2

    Choose "Visual Basic Project" for the new project and click "Finish." This will create a browser extension project based on Add-in Express .Net.

  3. 3

    Click the "IEModule.vb" tab in your new project window. IE Module is a container for any components such as shortcut, command and bar component and is the ancestor of IE plug-ins.

  4. 4

    Right-click "IEModule.vb" and select "Properties" to add a command to your IE browser. Click "(Commands)" under "Add-in Express IE Module" in the properties window. In the "Add-in Express IE Command" window, set "Show In Toolbar" to "True" to show the command in the built-in toolbar of IE.

  5. 5

    Click "Add New Item" in your new project to add new items to your IE plug-in. Expand "Add-in Express Items," select "ADX IE Toolbar" from the "Templates" and click "Add."

  6. 6

    Close all your IE instances and build your IE plug-in by clicking "Build" in Visual Studio IDE. Open your IE again and you should see the new plug-in on your IE.

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