Image Toolbar Does Not Appear Over Image in Internet Explorer

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SYMPTOMS

When you position the mouse pointer over an image or picture in Microsoft Internet Explorer, the image toolbar may not appear as expected.

CAUSE

This behavior may occur if any of the following conditions are true:
  • The image toolbar has been disabled.

    -or-
  • The image size is less than 200 x 200 pixels.

    -or-
  • The image is a background image.

    -or-
  • The image is part of an image mapping (indicating some sort of menu). If the Web page author uses the attributes USEMAP or ISMAP within the image tag, the image toolbar does not appear.

    -or-
  • The Web page author disables the Image Toolbar either through a meta tag (<META HTTP-EQUIV="imagetoolbar" CONTENT="no">) or by setting the attribute GALLERYIMG="no" to an IMG tag element.
Note Web page authors can enable the image toolbar for images of any size and images that are part of an image mapping by setting the attribute GALLERYIMG="yes" to an IMG tag element as follows:

<IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pic.jpg"  GALLERYIMG="yes">
				

For additional information about the GALLERYIMG attribute, browse to the following Microsoft Web site:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms533774.aspx

RESOLUTION

The image toolbar is enabled by default in Internet Explorer 6. If the image toolbar is not enabled, you can enable it in the Internet Options dialog box. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
  3. In the Internet Options dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
  4. In the Settings list, click to select the Enable Image Toolbar (requires restart) check box under Multimedia, and then click OK.

    This sets the following string value to "yes" in the registry:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Enable_MyPics_Hoverbar
  5. Restart Internet Explorer.
Note If your corporate administrator creates a customized version of Internet Explorer 6 and disables the image toolbar, you cannot re-enable it by using the preceding steps.

The image toolbar cannot be enabled by users for background images, image maps, or images for which the author of the Web page disabled this feature. To save, e-mail, or print a picture, or open the My Pictures folder for images where the image toolbar does not appear, right-click the picture, and then click the appropriate command on the menu that appears.

To enable the image toolbar for images smaller than 200 x 200 pixels, edit the Windows registry. To do this, follow these steps:

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
  1. Quit all running programs.
  2. Click Start, and then click Run.
  3. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
  4. In Registry Editor, expand the following subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  5. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  6. In the New Value#1 box that appears, type Image_Filter, and then press ENTER.

    Note the underscore (_) between Image and Filter.
  7. Right-click the Image_Filter entry, and then click Modify on the shortcut menu that appears.
  8. In the Edit DWORD Value dialog box that appears, type 1 in the Value data box, and then click OK.
  9. On the Registry menu, click Exit.
  10. Restart Internet Explorer.
Note This procedure enables the image toolbar for images as small as 124 x 124 pixels.

STATUS

This behavior is by design.

MORE INFORMATION

The image toolbar appears when you place your mouse over an image displayed in Internet Explorer, provided that none of the conditions in the "Cause" section of this article are true. The image toolbar provides buttons that allow you to save, e-mail, or print a picture, or open the My Pictures folder. These commands are also available on the menu that appears when you right-click a picture (even if the image toolbar is not available).

To disable the image toolbar, use the appropriate set of steps, as follows.

Disable the Image Toolbar by Using the Image Toolbar

  1. Start Internet Explorer, and then open a Web page with images that cause the image toolbar to appear.
  2. Place your mouse cursor over an image. When the image toolbar appears, right-click it, and then click Disable Image Toolbar.
  3. Click Always to disable the image toolbar for all future browsing sessions, or click This Session to disable the image toolbar for the current session only.

Disable the Image Toolbar by Using Internet Options

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
  3. In the Internet Options dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
  4. In the Settings list, click to clear the Enable Image Toolbar (requires restart) check box under Multimedia, and then click OK.

    This sets the following string value to "no" in the registry:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Enable_MyPics_Hoverbar
  5. Restart Internet Explorer.
For additional developer information about My Pictures Photo Support in Internet Explorer 6, browse to the following Microsoft Web site:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/Aa767918.aspx

Properties

Article ID: 303473 - Last Review: July 27, 2007 - Revision: 3.4
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
    • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
    • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
    • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition
    • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
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