Getting rid of the IE6 Image Toolbar

With Internet Explorer 6, Microsoft has added an option related to larger images that appear on web pages that can make it easier to copy/print the image. This option is called the Image Toolbar and it "pops up" over the top left corner of large images when you move the mouse over the image. It looks like this:

The IE6 Image Toolbar

Whether you are a webmaster who has large images on your own pages or just a web user who visits pages on the web that contain large images the appearance of this popup over images may be something you don't want to happen. Fortunately there is an easy way to get rid of this popup in both instances.

To stop the IE6 Image Toolbar from appearing over images on your own web pages when your visitors view the page and move their mouse over an image just add <meta http-equiv="imagetoolbar" content="no" /> to the head section of the page. This will stop the toolbar from appearing over your images regardless of how your visitors have their browser set.
Note that this doesn't protect your images from being stolen, there are too many other ways for people to do that.

To turn this feature off in your own browser so that the image toolbar doesn't appear when you move the mouse over any web page you are viewing in IE6 just go into Internet Options from the Tool menu. On the Advanced page scroll down to the Multimedia section and clear the Select Image Toolbar checkbox.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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