??IE8 on XP - want to remove ALL menu and search bars ?? how ??

philkryder
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I have a KIOSK machine running XP
with
IE8.

users can only go to a very small number of pages as specified by links on the home page.

I would like to remove ALL bars except
for space for a hidden toolbar with a print button.

Thus,
I would like to remove the:
search bar
tools bar
address bar
etc.

thanks
Phil
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Windows SteadyState
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/sharedaccess/default.mspx

I use the ADM templates to create a GPO to manage the same settings..... Specifically though, once you create the profile, and right click in the top of the browser, and deselect the available options, you can limit what the user can do using the SteadyState ADM template in Group Policy. Cant right click, cant modify, only going to a few websites etc.....

Kiosk mode hides darn near everything....
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/154780

Maybe even change the shell from Explorer.exe to "C:\program files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"

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What about View | Full Screen?
There is actually a "kiosk" mode that's great for development/testing.

Try this in the Start --> Run --> Open box:  iexplore.exe -k http://www.google.com

The "-k" tells it to run in the kiosk mode.

But don't use it like this in a production environment because users can still hit Alt-F4, CTRL-ALT-DEL, etc.
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Right click the side to the right of the adress bar or the bar with tools and theres a little menu which allows you to select what bars show up.

Commented:
would disabling the address bar be sufficient ?

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Commented:
Gareth10:
would disabling the address bar be sufficient ?

no,
i don't want the stuff to show up.
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Did Kiosk Mode work?

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WE used steady state - your encouragement helped us find the GPO controls. thanks. Phil

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