Recycle your Computers & Technology with us.

How do I change the Explorer bar when searching the internet?

Posted By : of Data Doctors on August 27, 1999

Follow us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   Follow us on LinkedIn

Let Data Doctors be your personal IT department today

When I connect to the Internet and click on the search button, the search bar appears on the left side of the screen. Actually, only a portion of it appears and there does not seem to be a way to enlarge it so that I can use it. Can you help?

This question was answered on August 27, 1999. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.


This article describes how to use the Explorer bar in Internet Explorer The following topics are discussed:

Enabling and disabling the Explorer bar

Using the Explorer bar

Resizing the Explorer bar


The following Explorer bars are available in Internet Explorer:

Search bar

Favorites bar

History bar

Channels bar

Enabling and Disabling the Explorer Bar

To enable the Explorer bar, point to Explorer Bar on the View menu, and then click the specific Explorer bar you want to display

To disable the Explorer bar, point to Explorer Bar on the View menu, and then click None

Using the Explorer Bar

When you enable the Explorer bar, a left pane and right pane are displayed in the Internet Explorer window If you select the Favorites, History, or Channel bar, the contents of your Favorites, History, or Channels folder are displayed in the left pane If you click an object in the left pane, the object is displayed in the right pane

If you select the Search item, Internet Explorer opens the following Web site in the left pane:

NOTE: This Active Server Pages file loads a random search engine that changes each time you start Internet Explorer If you do not want to use the random search engine to perform your search, click a search engine in the Select Provider box This will be used as your default search engine when you open the Search bar You must be connected to the Internet the first time you select Search

If you conduct a search, the results of the search are displayed in the left pane If you then click an item in the left pane, the Web page associated with the item is displayed in the right pane

Resizing Explorer Bars

To resize the Explorer bar, drag the border between the left and right panes to the left or right until the Explorer bar is the size you want

About the author

Posted by of Data Doctors on August 27, 1999

Need Help with this Issue?

We help people with technology! It's what we do.
Contact or Schedule an Appointment with a location for help!