How can I disable, lock, or hide the address bar on IE 8 and still allow access to the back, forward and print buttons?

We are trying to configure a workstation for library patrons to access their various email accounts. The home page has links to email hosts such as hotmail, yahoo, ... We want the patrons to be able to access their email, but not to encourage them to surf the web from this machine--(we have pcs for surfing). In the past we hid the address bar. The PC now has Vista with IE 8 and we would like to be able to restrict the use to just email without restricting links they can take even from within their email. Any help is greatly welcomed.
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fondulacAuthor Commented:
Is there a way to achieve this with IE 7? It would mean going back to IE 6 wouldn't it? This is not something we really want to do.
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jcimarronCommented:
fondulac--"without restricting links they can take even from within their email"
Once they have accessed those links (presumably using IE)  I would think they can do whatever else they want with IE.  However see this
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/14383-search-internet-explorer-8-address-bar.html
Or consider MS Steady State
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/sharedaccess/default.mspx
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fondulacAuthor Commented:
jcimarron, Thanks for the response! We've already disabled the search ability and have installed software called Smart Shield which prevents changes to the hard drive. I was just hoping there was a way to hide the address bar. I know patrons can go anywhere they want by following links within email. The hidden address bar is just a means of showing the pc is not intended for anything but email. We want to allow them to be able to use email like they would on any machine, consequently email surfing is inadvertantly allowed, just not encouraged.
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fondulacAuthor Commented:
It appears that there is no solution, so now what? How do I close this question?
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jcimarronCommented:
fondulac--Here is what E-E says about closing this thread
http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi333
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