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Here is the situation.  I have written a science display program using Flash (thanks for the help EE).  I have it installed on an old 98 machine running IE6 and it runs fine.  I have it running in full screen mode with the menu bar on autohide.

The biggest problem is that kids are smart and many like to break things.  Therefore when someone else wants to run the game (called "Mr Science Guy") it may have been shut down by the previous mischievous user.  I want to disable the toolbar completely in IE6.  If that can't be done, I want to hide all of the buttons (Back, prev, etc) and disable the Exit button so that the only way to exit the program is ALT-F4.  Since there is no accessible keyboard (the only input for the user is through a rollerball mouse) there is no need to worry about keyboard shortcuts or anything else keyboard related.

The computer is set up in a cabinet so access to the puter itself is not an issue.  It is an old computer running Win98 and IE6.  The Flash program is compiled in version 6 mode.  Is there a way to handle this using Flash?
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by:Erik Bjers
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You need to set the page up to start as a pop-up window, this will hide all tool bars and menus.  I don't know how to do this, but I'm sure you can find the answer on EE.

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blue_zee earned 500 total points
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Take a look a this:

How to Use Kiosk Mode in Microsoft Internet Explorer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=154780

And this link includes a few extra tips on the last paragraph that may also be useful for you:

http://www.g4tv.com/techtvvault/features/34389/Windows_Tip_Kiosk_Mode_for_IE.html?detectflash=false&

Hope these help.

Zee
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by:slink9
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I have tried kiosk mode but it still has the sizing and close buttons.  It seems like there should be a small VB6 or C program that I should be able to run to disable these buttons.
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by:Erik Bjers
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run it as an unclosable popup
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by:blue_zee
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Kiosk mode doesn't show any buttons on my machine.

Are you sure you tested it correctly?

Zee
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by:slink9
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I ran it with "IEXPLORE" -k and it came up with a black box in the right corner with the minimize, maximize, and close buttons.  I thought kiosk mode would be without them also.
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I just cranked it up and can test any changes right away.  I would like to deliver this machine today, but want to have it right before doing so.
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by:blue_zee
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The command is incorrect.

Try Start > Run and type:

iexplore -k path

Instead of "path", either test with your homepage, ex: www.msn.com, do NOT use quotes, and press Enter.

Or the path to your flash program, ex: c:\flash\whateverisnameis.

Curious on the result.

Zee
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I was winging the command line before.  That is exactly what I have put in.

"C:\program files\internet explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" -k c:\sciguy\sample.html

This is the exact command line that I have.  It comes up with a black box in the upper right corner with all three control buttons and a "windows" activity indicator.
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By the way, IE version is 6.0.2800.1106 with SP1 applied.
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I believe I just found it.  If you do kiosk mode with full screen enabled (F11) it shows that box.  I accidentally left regular mode enabled and I didn't get a box after starting IE.  Playing with it now ...
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That is good and I wasn't aware of that "glitch"!

Hope it works as you want/need.

Zee
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