Tonight I installed Microsoft Vista Business edition in my trusty VM to do a little testing in Internet Explorer 7. After installing Vista, I spent a good hour turning off all the annoyances. Next I download the Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar Beta3. After closing IE7, I run the installer, which completes successfully.

I launch IE7 and add the IE Developer Toolbar button to the command bar. Then I go to click the button and nothing happens. After about another 10 clicks, still nothing. I tried reinstalling and no luck. Finally I started hacking the registry. I finally found the problem. By default, the developer toolbar is in a “docked” state. For some reason, IE7 doesn’t like it.

Solution: manually set the default state to not docked. Exit IE7 and launch the Registry Editor and navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > IEDeveloperToolbar1.0 > Options > DOMWindow

Change the Docked state from “1” to “0”. Save the value, exit the Registry Editor, and launch IE7.

IE Developer Toolbar Docked State

Now when you click the Developer Toolbar button, it will appear in a separate window, which I actually prefer. If you click the button to dock the window, it will disappear and you will need to manually change the registry again.

IE Developer Toolbar

How many other people have had this issue?

1 Comment

  1. THANK YOU!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — February 5, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

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