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Rearrangement of IE7 addresbar/toolbar/command bar

I only just changed from IE6 to IE7 after I got several sites "telling" me that they would no longer support IE6.
In this forum I have read that many people before me had an issue with the layout of IE7, but I cannot really find what I need.
In IE6, I had two bars at the top of my screen: 1) a combination of the address bar and the menubar ("File/Edit/View etc.) and 2) a combination of the Google search bar and the IE links bar.

In IE7, it seems the address bar (+ search function) and the command bar are locked permanently, so with the Google toolbar, that makes three.

In this forum (, I found out how to remove the IE7 searchbar and/or the command bar, but what I would really like is to combine the addressbar again with the Filemenu (or the Command bar icons that are used for similar functions, like Favorites etc.) into one single bar. I don't need the full width of my screen for the address, but I would like to have quick buttons for Favorites etc.; besides, e.g. the "full screen/F11" button is only available on the command bar.

Is there any way to do that and get my 'own' IE6 type screen layout back? I can live without the tabbing function of the command bar, I prefer not to use that anyway.

Or should I just uninstall IE7 and go back to IE6 again?

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May not be possible

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I'm sure you you are going to get everything the way you prefer in the new IE7.

One thing though, if you prefer the old File/Edit/View toolbar to always be visible, you can right click the bar where the tabs are, then select Menu Bar. You may already be aware of that.

Checking Google, I came across an IE7 add-on that appears to replace the current Address bar combo with a fully customizable version. It is called Quero, a free add-on, and more details here;

I haven't tried this, so know little about it, but I hope that helps.


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If you do not use the tabbing functionality...

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You can remove the Tabbed Browsing Toolbar, Command Bar, and Search Bar, leaving you with just the address bar. After that you could add the Google toolbar for a second line, then press Alt on demand to display the tradition File/Edit/Bookmarks menu. That's as close as you can get unless "Quero" can enable you to place the Google toolbar on the same line as itself.


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Thanks for all the answers so far. I'll check out the other browsers/ add ons, but for the moment I have just gone back to IE6: I didn't like the refresh etc. buttons to the right of the addressbar either, missed the image toolbar and though there were a few things I liked better in IE7 (image zoom in mainly; apparently the printing options are nice as well but I don't do a lot of webpage printing anyway), I feel more at home in IE6.
Maybe I'm getting old Happy, but I don't like change for the sake of changes (I still prefer classic view as well) and I didn't feel IE7 came with enough useful things to 'overcome' my irritations. IE8 seems to be in the make, wonder what that will be like....?

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