View Full Version : Disable Popup Toolbar in IE

01-26-2007, 07:58 PM
When you hover your mouse over a picture in IE, after a short while a toolbar opens which will allow you to save, print, email or open the My Pictures folder. Does anyone have a script that will disable this feature? I have the "right Click" options disabled but missed this (since I use Firefox). THANKYOU!

01-26-2007, 08:01 PM
once I thought to search for it as a TOOLBAR and not a popup, I found the meta tag.

<META HTTP-EQUIV="imagetoolbar" CONTENT="no">

01-31-2007, 11:42 AM
You will see that your efforts are useless.
Write in the search bar above "disable view source", and read some threads. Every code can be found and copied, every image can be saved as screenshot and used.

01-31-2007, 12:06 PM
Quite true.

It is ABSOLUTELY impossible to stop someone from stealing your images. No matter what you do, there is always an option and in most cases, several. If nothing else, print screen has, as of yet, never failed.

01-31-2007, 08:26 PM
I usually would agree with chechu and djr33 on this one however, with the IE image toolbar there are two other considerations. One makes it fine in in my opinion to disable this feature. That is the fact that this image toolbar pops up whether the user wants it to or not, whether the designer wants it to or not. To many, it is simply unsightly looking. Because of that, I say, "Go ahead, get rid of it."

Fortunately, this feature is no longer switched on by default in new installations of IE. This stopped somewhere during the last year(s) of IE 6 and, as far as I know, is no longer used in the default config for IE 7. IE 7 installed on a computer that had the feature turned on in IE 6 may get it by inheritance.

Then there is the other consideration. Unfortunately, the easiest method for disabling this ugly 'feature' from the design side (the meta tag) also will create one of the many dreaded IE memory leaks. To avoid this, it is necessary to use the more tedious method of switching off this 'feature' which is by giving each image that displays the toolbar the attribute:

<img src="whatever.jpg" galleryimg="no">

This is less tedious than one might think because images below a certain size never exhibit this toolbar and also some that are dynamically loaded to the page do not either. For wc3 validation junkies, don't even ask, of course it is invalid.

01-31-2007, 10:45 PM
Ah, right. I was thinking the meta tag had it handled.

I wasn't saying specifically to not stop the toolbar, even if it is just intended to stop people copying images... it might stop some people. If this is for a group who isn't particularly computer literate, perhaps it's a good idea. (I'd recommend against it), or, perhaps, it's even a learning tool. If I were teaching a class about the web, I'd want this disabled to the students learned how to properly save images. Heh.

But... I just wanted to make it clear... if your intent is to fully protect your content, really not worth it... just find something better to spend your time doing.

02-01-2007, 10:05 AM
I agree with you both. It looks a bit ugly, so I disabled it on my site. But I know very well that it doesn't stop people from being able to send/copy it.