If you’re looking for a way to personalize IE 8, one method is to customize the Title Bar. Here we look at a simple Registry hack that will get the job done.
The Internet Explorer Title Bar is displayed on the top of the browser with the site name followed by Windows Internet Explorer by default. If you have a small office you might want to change it to the company name, or just change it something more personal at home.
Customize the IE 8 Title Bar
Note: Before making any changes to the Registry, make sure to back it up.
The first thing we need to do is open the Registry by typing regedit into the Search box in the Start Menu and hit Enter.
With the Registry open, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main. Then create a new String Value and name it Window Title.
Right-click on the Window Title String and enter in whatever you want to display on the Title Bar in the Value data field and click OK.
When you’re done, you should see the new String called Window Title with whatever you entered in as the value. Close out of the Registry.
Restart or launch Internet Explorer and you’ll now see your new text in the Title Bar.
If you want to change it to something else, just go in and modify the Value data.
If you want to switch it back to the default, just go back in and delete the string we created.
A lot of times you’ll see corporate branding already in the title bar from your ISP or some computer company. To get rid of it, check out The Geek’s article on how to remove it. This should work with other versions of Internet Explorer as well.
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- Published 05/11/10