How can I disable the search assistant in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0?

A. IE 6.0 contains a new search tool that Microsoft designed to provide a friendlier, easier search experience. However, if you prefer the old search tool, perform the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main subkey.
  3. Double-click the Use Search Asst value (or create this value of type String if it doesn't exist).
  4. Type
    no
    in the "Value data" field to use the old search tool, and click OK.
  5. Close the registry editor.
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