Dmitry Kostochko

Video HowTo: Create a custom Explorer bar for Internet Explorer (VB.NET)

Let’s talk about extending Internet Explorer user interface. What visual feature is most frequently used by an average user? I bet it is Favorites, of course after the Address Bar :). Today we will create our own Internet Explorer Bar that will reside on the left (just like standard Favorites) and work in Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8.

As usually this Video HowTo has little to nothing coding, because I aim to showcase visual things like components, modules, designers, i.e. design-time development and immediately after that – run-time results.

The whole process took me 4 minutes and my custom Explorer Bar is alive:

This sample video was captured in Visual Studio 2008 (VB.NET) with Add-in Express 2010 for Internet Explorer and .net.

You may also be interested in:

Internet Explorer extensibility
Visual designers for creating IE add-ons, Explorer bars, context menus, etc
Creating custom Internet Explorer bars – step-by-step guide


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