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One nice feature of Internet Explorer 5.1 is to be able to drag&drop any pictures(.jpg or .gif) from a web page as a bookmark into the button bar (I'm not talking about the favorites bar, but the actual toolbar bar). Let's say, I wanna have macosxhints.com as a bookmark up there. I simply drag&drop the logo from the top of the page of macosxhints.com home page into the button bar (you should see a small vertical cursor before dropping).

Although that's it for the basics, read the rest of this article to see how to customize the name, the URL, or to use a local image.

[Editor's note: Very cool feature; I had no idea you could do this!]

There are three cases when you would need to get your hands into the button bar preferences file (look for it into "~/Library/Preferences/Explorer/english.toolbar.xml" (If you're on a localized OS look, for example, for french.toolbar.xml or whatever language you're using)):

1) If you want to custom the name under a picture:
You need to change the name between the <title></title> anchors

2) If you wanna create or change the link for a logo:
You need to change the URL between the <url></url> anchors

3) When you drag&drop a pict, it won't download it on your hard drive but will point to it on the server. If you prefer to have it local or to use one of your own pictures, you will have to change the URL between the <imageenabled></imageenabled> anchors. If you want to use a local file you would link to it like this (without the quotes):

"file:///Volumes/nameofyourharddrive/whateverfolder/nameofyourfile"

Enjoy!
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Update
Authored by: boboeltoto on Oct 25, '01 06:35:43AM

To remove a pict you would have placed in the button bar control-click on it and select delete

You can put more than just an url up there twiking with the xml file :

1. Email
You can put the email of a lovely one (mom, wife,dog..) + his picture :
(copy paste the following into the xml file)

<button>
<command>OURL</command>
<url>mailto:steve@apple.com?subject=Ipod is cool but too expensive</url>
<title>Steve</title>
<imageenabled>http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/reuters_ids/20011023/i/2886516752.jpg</imageenabled>
</button>

2. Javascript
Here a script to open a pop-up to seach google :

<button>
<command>OURL</command>
<url
javascript:void(qprompt('Enter%20text%20to%20search%20using%20Google.',''));if(q)void(location.href='http://www.google.com/search?client=googlet&q='+escape(q))</url>
<title>Google</title>
<imageenabled>http://www.google.com/images/logo.gif</imageenabled>
</button>

Enjoy!



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Update
Authored by: Jay on Oct 25, '01 12:30:56PM

This IS a very cool tip. Boboeltoto's tip for Google doesn't work for me, though. I think you're missing a closing bracket after the opening URL tag. I tried closing that and it still wouldn't work, though. But, popup aside, having a plain Google link button is good enough for me until they get that google toolbar ported for us!



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Update
Authored by: boboeltoto on Oct 25, '01 02:13:57PM

Jay,

you were right, I forgot the closing bracket. Here the script again. be sure to have it to be on one single line with no space :

<url>javascript:void(q=prompt('Enter%20text%20to%20search%20using%20Google.',''));if(q)void(location.href='http://www.google.com/search?client=googlet&q='+escape(q))</url>

By the way, this script is not mine, but I dont remember where I grab it.



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animated gifs work, too.. n/m
Authored by: igz on Oct 26, '01 05:02:43AM

n/m



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XML Editor
Authored by: denisonmarrs on Nov 25, '01 04:57:34PM

What app can i use to edit the .xml file?...I dont believe OSx's text edit will save to the right format...

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XML Editor
Authored by: adriaant on Jan 17, '02 05:13:50PM

Use vi or if you have to use GUI, use BBEdit



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