Search Box missing in IE8

Issue - The Search box/area is missing in IE8 (Applies to the previous versions of IE also)

IE Window without Search box

IE Window with Search box

Reason – The Search box will be disabled by some of the tweaking utilities that are installed in the system.

Resolution - To resolve this issue, you have to change the registry key. Perform the following steps:

1. Press Win + R key.

2. Type regedit and press Enter. (Accept any prompts)

3. Navigate to the following registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftInternet ExplorerInfodeliveryRestrictions

To show the search box, create a dword value named NoSearchBox and set it to 0

To show the search box, create a dword value named NoSearchBox and set it to 1

If you don’t want to play with the registry, download and run the below registry patches.

Enable Search Box

Disable Search Box