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Install the TWiki IE Explorer Bar

NOTE: If you arrived at this page without going via InternetExplorerSidebar, the generated .reg file below will not work - please go to that page and click a suitable 'add sidebar' link. The following should display a long string of letters/numbers: ''.

The following has mainly been tested on Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0, with IE5.0, IE5.5 and IE6.0. Other versions will be listed when people report that this works for them.

  1. Copy the text in the box below into a new Notepad window (exclude the <pre> and </pre> tags).
  2. If you are using Windows NT or Windows 98, or earlier, you will need to do some file edits before saving:
    • Change the first line of the script to read REGEDIT4 (no other text on this line, and don't insert a new line)
    • Edit the the line under "ThreadingModel"="Apartment" (the line with all the numbers) to read as follows (the quotes are important): @="c:\winnt\system32\shdocvw.dll"
      • NOTE: Be sure to substitute your windows directory, e.g. c:\windows, for the c:\winnt in the line above.
      • Techie note: the registry on these versions of Windows may not support dynamic expansion of the %SYSTEMROOT% variable, which is used in the generated version of the .reg file.
    • Windows 2000 and Windows XP should not need these changes.
  3. Save it with a .reg extension.
    Using Notepad, the easiest way to do this is to enclose the filename you save the file in with quotes (") (example: "sidebar.reg").
  4. Close all explorer and IE windows.
  5. Double click the new file to install it.
  6. Select the new sidebar from the View/Explorer Bar menu.
    If the new bar isn't there, restart Windows, it should then appear in the menu.

To get this to load under NT4, I had to change Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 to REGEDIT4.

I have the explorer bar listed in view, but when I select it, all I get is a gray bar. No url is loaded into it. This is IE 5.50.4542.

-- JohnRouillard - 16 Mar 2002

You may need to change the line under "ThreadingModel"="Apartment" (the line with all the numbers) to something along the lines of: @="C:\windowsdirectory\system32\shdocvw.dll", NT4's registry may not support dynamic expansion of the %SYSTEMROOT% variable, what's currently there.

Doing a manual search for shdocvw.dll should tell you what to use instead of C:\windows\system32\shdocvw.dll on that line.

-- MikeMaurer - 16 Mar '02

I dumped the "tips" sidebar and %SYSTEMROOT% shows up in its definition (well the hex codes for it show up). After spending a while hacking in the registry, I'm stumped. I will try rebooting the machine later and see if that clear/fixes the problem

-- JohnRouillard - 16 Mar 2002

Tried it after rebooting. No such luck. Also replaced %SYSTEMROOT% with C:\WINNT with no luck. Any other ideas? Does anybody have this working under NT4 SP5?

-- JohnRouillard - 17 Mar 2002

I got it working under NT4 SP4 and IE 5.0, using the tip about c:\winnt. I hand-edited the registry key mentioned, but that shouldn't make any difference. Maybe you could have a look in regedit to see that the key has been created properly?

-- RichardDonkin - 18 Mar 2002

Added tips for Win98 and WinNT above.

-- RichardDonkin - 22 Mar 2002

Related pages: InternetExplorerSidebar
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