IE/OE: Customize Icons, Logos and Title Bars

Posted March 3, 2006 by William_Wilson in Windows

You can change the appearance of Internet Explorer and Outlook Express to suit your tastes and needs. Read on to find out how.

Note: This will not work on XP Home as only XP Pro and above includes gpedit.msc.

Start by opening the Group Policy Editor.
1) Go to Start\run.
2) Type gpedit.msc.

Next, open the following path: User Configuration\Windows Settings\Internet Explorer Maintenance\Browser User Interface.

There should be three items listed in the right-hand pane:
a) Browser Title
*This allows you to apply text to the end of your Internet Explorer title bar. The text will be displayed as Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by YOUR TEXT.
*Be sure to check the box first to activate the text field.

b) Custom Logo
*Here you can replace the logos (small 22×22 and large 38×38) by choosing the path of the logos you want.
*You can also replace the animated graphics associated with both programs (small 22×22 and large 38×38).
NOTE: These pictures must be 16-color and and in bitmap format.

c) Browser Toolbar Customization
*This will allow you to change the background picture in the toolbar.
*It also allows you to remove the current buttons and add your own.
NOTE: Again, it must be a 16-color bitmap image, but there is no size restriction here and is only for aesthetic purposes.

Questions/Comments: [email protected]
-William. ยง (marvin_gohan)

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