Friday, November 4, 2005

Annoyed by having MS Office Research Explorer Bar popping up

Since starting using Microsoft Office 2003 I don't know how many times I've unintentionally started the Research Explorer Bar by using Alt+Click. I tried to find a way to disable Alt+Click or change it but failed to find anything even after spending some time searching on the internet for a solution. So I found that I had two options.
1) In research options deselect all services. This at least stops it from start searching the internet.
2) I then started Add or Remove Programs and clicked on Change>Add or Remove Features. Selected advanced customization and found that below Office Tools it was possible to remove the feature Research Explorer Bar that "Allows you to use the Research tool and its collection of information services from Microsoft Internet Explorer."
I just hope that the next version handles this better.
If you have found a better solution please leave a comment.


  1. Restored comment
    by Kevin
    Thank you! That damn bar has been driving me crazy for months!! I'm glad to finally have gotten rid of it thanks to you :)

  2. Restored comment

    Martin said...

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! The title of your post says it all. That damn research bar was annoying the hell out of me. Thanks again for posting this fix.
    February 06, 2007

  3. I followed the same steps to Disable the Research Explorer Bar. This is using Microsoft Office Pro 2003 (or, 2003 pro ?)

    I completely exited Word and killed it off, then restarted it. The rectangular-select problem where the Research Explorer pane pops up is still there.

    But lately (even before I put the red "x" in the installation option for Research Explorer Bar), it hasn't been doing it on most rectangular selections. Only the times that my selection is one column of text in width. I've tried playing with the sequence of clicking the mouse, and the Alt key. No way to make the darned thing totally vanish ... I'll have to resort to finding a ResEdit method (?)
    Larry C


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