Removing Browser Toolbars

If you’ve used the Internet for any amount of time, chances are that you’ve seen  or used a toolbar in a browser before.

While toolbars can be useful, sometimes after downloading too many, a browser can become cluttered and bogged down. Sometimes, however, people can accidentally or unknowingly download and install toolbars while they’re trying to download another program.

Some of the more popular toolbars may include the Google Toolbar, Yahoo! Toolbar, as well as the Bing Toolbar, both of which allow users to perform searches, as well as provide the user with one-click access to news, finance information, e-mail, and more.

In addition, various websites, services, and companies offer toolbars as well, with one example being Zynga, which is the company that created the popular FarmVille and CityVille games. The Zynga Gamebar is a free toolbar that enables players of either FarmVille or Mafia Wars to know when updates are available for their games, as well as other information.

However, if a browser has too many toolbars, they can be hidden or even uninstalled completely, which will help to free up viewing space, and perhaps even speed up the browser.

If you’d like to hide a toolbar and you’re using Internet Explorer 8, you can do so by right clicking below the address bar and unselecting the toolbars that you would like to hide. Should you want the toolbar to be displayed again, you can simply follow the same steps to do so.

Mozilla FireFox users can hide their toolbars in a similar way to Internet Explorer users. To hide toolbars in Mozilla FireFox, you should right click near the address bar, until you see a menu with the toolbars that are present in your browser and then unselect the ones that you’d like to remove. The same process can be used to unhide the toolbars again.

Another way to remove toolbars in Mozilla FireFox would be to go to the “Tools” menu and then click on “Add Ons”. From there, you should click on the “Extensions” button, where you should be able to remove certain toolbars completely.

In order to remove some toolbars completely, either in Mozilla FireFox or Internet Explorer, you may have to do so from the “Uninstall a Program” section of the Control Panel. Once you’ve opened the Control Panel and clicked on the “Uninstall a Program” link, which is located under the “Programs” section, a window containing a list of the programs that are installed on your computer should open.

All you need to do in order to remove a toolbar is find the toolbar you’d like to remove in the list, click on it, and then click on the “Uninstall” button, located above the list.

Hopefully this post has provided a good amount of information about toolbars and how to hide or remove them if they’re taking up too much space in a browser. If you have any tips or information about removing toolbars, please feel free to post a comment below!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s