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Hide icons from toolbar in Internet Explorer 8 / IE 7 (Show text only)

Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8 both come with a new "command bar", which is visible by default; its and other built-in toolbars' setting is to show "selective text" - in other words, Internet Explorer will display icons in some cases, icons only in others, or both text and icons. Like most settings in your favorite web browser, that can be customized too, and quite easily at that. This tutorial will show you how to hide all icons and instead show text only - the advantage of that approach is that it makes Internet Explorer easier to use for beginners, for example, who no longer have to move their mouse pointer (cursor) and hold it hovering above an icon to see what it will do - beyond that, showing icons only, text only, or a mix of both, is ultimately a matter of personal preference.

Hide all icons from the command bar / toolbar in Internet Explorer

Follow these steps to replace the icon view with text-only toolbars:

The "icon only" setting is the screen real estate saver, and takes the least amount of space; the "show all text labels" is the clearest setting, but also the one that uses the most space, since unlike earlier versions of Internet Explorer (like IE 6), the text labels will not appear below the icon of the command in question, but alongside it!)

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