JSI Tip 8794. How can I permanently add the optional columns to the Internet Explorer Manage Add-Ons dialog on Windows XP SP2 (Service Pack 2)?

When you open Internet Explorer on Windows XP SP2, and press the Tools / Manage Add-Ons menu, the Manage Add-ons dialog displays the following columns:

If you right-click a heading, you can select the following optional columns:
Last Accessed
Class ID
In Folder
Unfortunately, the next time you open the Manage Add-ons dialog, the optional columns are NOT remembered.

I have scripted ManageAddonColumns.bat to force Internet Explorer to remember your selection.

To use ManageAddonColumns.bat, first close all instances of Internet Explorer. Then open a CMD.EXE window and run:

ManageAddonColumns ColumnLetter1 \[ColumnLetter2 ... ColumnLetterN\]

Where each ColumnLetter is the first letter of the optional column heading that you want remembered. The case and sequence of the ColumnLetter is NOT important. To remember all the optional columns, run:

ManageAddonColumns L U B C I V

NOTE: An optional Z ColumnLetter will cause Internet Explorer to Zero (forget) all the previously remembered optional columns (ManageAddonColumns Z).

ManageAddonColumns.bat contains:

@echo on
if \{%1\}

\{\} @echo Syntax: ManageAddonColumns ColumnLetter1 \[ColumnLetter2 ... ColumnLetterN\]&goto :EOF setlocal set /a sum=0 set table=L0016U0032B0064C0128I0512V1024Z0000 :Parms if \{%1\}

\{\} goto setit set /a cnt=0 :Cols if %cnt% GTR 6 goto err set /a pos=%cnt% * 5 call set char=%%table:~%pos%^,1%% if /i "%1" NEQ "%char%" set /a cnt=%cnt% + 1&goto Cols if /i "%1" EQU "Z" set /a sum=0 set /a pos=%pos% + 1 call set numw=%%table:~%pos%^,4%% set /a num=10000%numw%%%10000 set /a sum=%sum% + %num% shift goto Parms :setit reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main" /V ManageAddonColumns /T REG_DWORD /D %sum% /F @echo Set oShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")>"%TEMP%\ManageAddonColumns.vbs" @echo oShell.Run "%SystemRoot%\System32\RUNDLL32.EXE user32.dll,UpdatePerUserSystemParameters", 1, True>>"%TEMP%\ManageAddonColumns.vbs" cscript //nologo "%TEMP%\ManageAddonColumns.vbs" del /q "%TEMP%\ManageAddonColumns.vbs" endlocal goto :EOF :err @echo Syntax: ManageAddonColumns - Invalid column letter. endlocal

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.