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Simpler method of changing Internet Explorer search bar to Google

Simpler method of changing Internet Explorer search bar to Google

Yesterday we continued reports a problem with the tab in the Explorer Bar on the left-hand side of Explorer windows that allows you to perform Web searches. The issue - which occurs under both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X - is that all the tabs open a side screen when clicked on but when I open the "search" tab and the screen slides open it is completely blank except for at the very top on the gray bar there is the "new search" button and the "customize" button.

We also noted a workaround that describes how to use Google in the search tab instead of Microsoft's default. MacFixIt reader Emily has since submitted a much easier method of accomplishing the same task:

  1. Copy the "Localized.rsrc" file to your Home folder
  2. Navigate to your Home folder and then open the Terminal. If you are not already in your home directory "~" then type "cd ~".
  3. Type "touch temp" (then return, of course). Next, type "cp Localized.rsrc temp/rsrc".
  4. Open ResEdit. Go to File>Open. Navigate to your home directory and open the file named "temp".
  5. Now, follow the instructions provided by Visa Kopu for doing this hack in IE 5 for Classic Mac OS. http://www.visakopu.net/ie5google/
  6. When you are done, save in ResEdit, then come back to the Terminal and type "cp temp/rsrc Localized.rsrc".
  7. Then, move the newly updated Localized.rsrc file back into the "/ Applications/Internet Explorer/Contents/Resources/English.lproj" directory.

Emily wrotes "Of course, if you happen to own Resorcerer, you can just double-click the Localized.rsrc file and edit it directly in that application."

Mark Douma notes a similar solution:

"Regarding the procedure to replace that string in the .rsrc file, there's actually a simpler way to do this just using the ordinary "cp" shell command (in the absence of QuickConvert):

  • terminal> touch NewLocalized.rsrc
  • terminal> cp Localized.rsrc/..namedfork/data NewLocalized.rsrc/..namedfork/rsrc

"Then edit the file using ResEdit. When finished, perform the following to copy the resource fork of the NewLocalized.rsrc back to the data fork of the original Localized.rsrc:

  • terminal> cp NewLocalized.rsrc/..namedfork/rsrc Localized.rsrc/..namedfork/data

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