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Fixing the XP SP3 Address Bar

Fixing the XP SP3 Address Bar

This week’s download may not help everyone out there, but I have received a few phone calls and e-mails about this, so I figured I would share a fix for it!

For the longest time, I have always had my taskbar at the bottom of my screen set up just like I like it. I’m sure most of you have tinkered with the taskbar settings just like I have, but after I installed the new Windows XP Service Pack 3, one of my favorite features was taken away from me.

That favorite feature of mine was the ability to have an Internet address bar right on my taskbar. With it, I could simply type in the address of the Web site I wanted to visit and hit Enter. Internet Explorer would then open automatically to the site I wanted, skipping past all the other steps.

But, like I said before, when I installed the SP3, my address bar was taken away. It seems as if Microsoft was forced to take the feature away, because of legal issues in Europe. While I understand they need to obey the law, I can’t help being a little angry, because I want this awesome feature back! So, I did some digging and found a free download that will bring this function back. Oh yeah!

Just in case you’re not familiar with the address bar feature, this is what it used to look like:

The program I found is called MuvEnum Address Bar and not only will it bring back the address bar, but it also has several other features apart from what the original Microsoft version offered.

Here’s how you can get it. First, download the program right here. Second, run the file you’ve just downloaded and click on the Next button to get through the steps. (Note: The creator of the program will ask you for a money donation, but it’s not necessary to give one if you don’t want to).

After installing the program, right click on your taskbar, go to the Toolbars menu and select the MuvEnum Address Bar option. Here’s what it looks like:

Now you have your address bar back right where it should be. I hope you’re as relieved as I am. Enjoy!

~ Gary