Posts Tagged ‘Internet Explorer’

IE Address Bar Editor

November 13th, 2008 No comments


If you want to remove un-wanted URLs that Internet Explorer (IE) stored in the drop-down address bar, you’ll have to open the Windows registry editor, find the URLs that IE stored in the registry, delete un-wanted entries, and re-order the rest URLs. If you do this manually, the whole process is a little tedious and dangerous (messing with Windows registry is always dangerous).

To make this task easier, I wrote a small program called “IE Address Bar Editor” using Visual C#. This little tool reads the URLs that IE stored in the Windows registry. Then you can easily modify (delete, edit, and re-order) these URLs and save the changes back to the Windows registry. Below is a screenshot of my program.


I have tested this program on three computers running Windows XP and it worked fine on all three PCs. You are welcome to download and try it out. The program can be downloaded here. After downloading the file, unzip it. Then double click “IEAddressBarEditor.exe” to run. If you find any bugs please let me know. Thanks for looking!


  1. Before using this tool, you need to close any IE window that is running.
  2. You need Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 to run this tool. Microsoft .Net Framework can be downloaded from Microsoft website.
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Remove Saved Username and Password from Internet Explorer

June 21st, 2006 No comments


Microsoft Internet Explorer has a feature called AutoComplete that enables Internet Explorer to remember your username and password for certain web forms. Using this feature may be handy for accessing web pages where security is of little consequence. However, using this feature on a public computer creates a situation whereby other people can authenticate into your webmails or financial applications using your username and password.

If you have previously allowed Internet Explorer’s AutoComplete feature to remember your username and password on a public computer, you should remove it by following the procedure outlined below.

Procedure Summary

1. Highlight your username in the AutoComplete drop-down list.

2. Press the Delete key on your keyboard. Your username and password will be removed from the list that Internet Explorer remembers.

Detailed Instructions

1. If Internet Explorer has remembered your username and password, for example, for the Purdue Webmail form, you will notice that when you enter the first letter of your username in the Username field, a drop-down list will appear that contains your complete username.

Select your username in the drop-down list in one of the following ways. (1) You can point at it with the mouse (but don’t click the mouse button), or (2) Press the the down-arrow key on your computer’s keyboard (see Figure 1).

Figure 1. Highlight your username in the AutoComplete drop-down list.

2. With your username selected in the AutoComplete drop-down list, press the Delete key on your keyboard.

3. When the AutoComplete dialog box appears, click the Yes button to remove your username and password from the list of remembered items in Internet Explorer (see Figure 2).

Figure 2. Select Yes when the AutoComplet dialog box appears.