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    Bing Bar & Google Search Box

    When I open the 64 bit version of IE9 at my home page, http://uk.msn.com,the Bing Bar is shown, and I would appreciate advice as to how to get rid of it.(I have deleted every reference I could find to Bing in regedit,but it made no difference).Also, the Google Search box appears on the right of the screen, and it is very small, whereas in the 32 bit version of IE9 it is on the left of the screen and is larger, and I much prefer that configuration.How can I make the Google Search box larger and move it to the left of the screen in the 64 bit version?

    Help would be appreciated.

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    See if the Bing Bar is in the Control Panel, Programs and Features installed app list. If so it should be able to be deleted from there.
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    Instructions on how to disable it here: http://blogmines.com/blog/2011/06/23...et-explorer-9/

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    Ted & Xircal,thanks.

    The Bing Bar is not shown in the Control Panel,Programs and Features list and I went to your link Xircal,but when I click the Tools drop down arrow I do not get the same menu,I do get Toolbars shown,but that does not list the Bing Bar or Google Search for that matter.Also,when I go to Manage Add-Ons,the Bing Bar is not listed.

    Any other ideas?

    Also, I would appreciate a reply regarding the Google Search box in the 64 bit version of IE9.

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    It could be that the things you removed manually might have removed the reference in the Programs and Features list.

    Check in Gear, Manage Add-ons. See if you can disable the Bing Bar add-on here.

    This site shows a lot of info on this subject. Perhaps it will solve your problem.
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    There's a Registry fix you can use to remove it completely: http://www.sevenforums.com/browsers-...toolbar-3.html

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    I raised the Bing Bar question with Microsoft Support,and they replied as follows:

    "Bing is already a default on Windows Live and MSN pages and it could not be deleted, altered or modified".

    A side issue arose out of my contacts with Microsoft Support,namely when I opened their original reply the body of the message was blank.I intended to reply pointing this out but when I hit Reply the body of the message was shown.I went back to my Inbox and opened the message again,but the message body was still blank.Can anyone explain this?

    Apart from the above I would appreciate a reply to the question in my OP regarding the Google search box in the 64 bit version of IE9.

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    Sounds like another good reason not to use IE at all. You don't need it anyway since you can now update Windows manually via Control Panel.

    Have a look at Firefox which you can customize to your own liking.

    To move or add elements to the toolbar, right click a blank part of the tab bar and then click "Customize". A panel will open where you can drag anything you don't like into that panel. Those elements will remain there just in case you change your mind later and want to replace them. Similarly, you can add to the toolbar by dragging elements such as additional toolbars and buttons out of there.

    If you don't like the tabs on top layout, right click a blank part of the tab bar again and click "Tabs on top" to remove the checkmark. Tabs will subsequently reappear below the location bar where you normally type a URL.

    There are a host of other customizations you can perform as well as thousands of add-ons which can be installed with a simple click of a button.

    You can get Firefox from here: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/features/
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    As you know, Bing is part of IE. That said, just turn it off. Right click up top on the Tool Bar and untick Bing.

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    As Royw says above, the msn webpage (http://uk.msn.com) the OP was looking at has a "Bing" Search Bar displayed very prominently in the centre of the webpage. It is not part of a toolbar, or anything else in IE. It would appear in Firefox too if you went to any msn webpage. Being a microsoft product, it is prominently shown on most of their websites. Not much the browser can do about that.

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    Bing is an add-on so just disable it.

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    You can't disable Bing Search on Windows Live or MSN pages, as mentioned in post#7. (I should have made it clear that I was only referring to those pages when I first raised this issue).
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    Both the Bing Bar, and Bing Desktop, are in the control panel, and can be easily deleted. you can also disable Bing search in your add ons. Whats the big deal!
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    John, I don't have the Bing Bar or Bing Desktop, just Bing Search and that is only on Windows Live or MSN pages, as I have said, and that is not in add-ons and in view of my comment in post #7 it obviously is not supposed to be.

    I agree it's not a big deal.
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