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How to Customize the Internet Explorer 8 Title Bar

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Restart or launch Internet Explorer and you’ll now see your new text in the Title Bar.

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If you want to change it to something else, just go in and modify the Value data.

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If you want to switch it back to the default, just go back in and delete the string we created.

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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.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/11/10

Comments (6)

  1. papapo

    What about the title bar on firefox

  2. edmenje

    dunno about firefox papapo.

    Opera users can do it easily. Type opera:config in address bar which opens the preferences editor, scroll to and open User Prefs, scroll to Title and put in what you want on the window’s titlebar, scroll down and click save…done and done.

    I’ve tried this trick for IE on a computer with an admin and a limited user account, and the change only shows in the admin account not in the user account. Any way I can get it to display in all accounts? The limited accounts are for students on a number of machines I’m maintaining in a computer lab, and I think it would be nice to brand the IE window for them to see.

  3. Annie

    I am having problems hiding or disabling my AVG and Norton toolbars. Can you help?

  4. Dale

    THANK-YOU SO MUCH!!! NEEDED THIS! :D

  5. COMPUTER.HLP

    I love this personalization tweak and have set it on every previous version of IE thru the years, but it doesn’t work in the newest IE version 9 – no title is displayed at all. Any new suggestions?

  6. Jeff Landers

    Any way to get the page name out of the title bar as well? Or even to make “my” brand come first and the page name after that? I’ve got several Acer PCs, Win7, IE8 and I get a titel bar like:
    Acer/Msn – page name currently active – MY BRAND.

    Thanks,

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