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What is the My Web Search toolbar?
The My Web Search toolbar is a tremendously powerful and totally customizable toolbar that installs directly onto your Web browser. Its design allows you to:
  • Search from anywhere on the Web using the Internet's leading search providers (Google, Yahoo!, Ask Jeeves and LookSmart)
  • Add free "cool tools" such as PopSwatter (pop-up blocker), Smiley Central (10,000+ smileys), Popular Screensavers (10,000+ photos) and Cursor Mania (10,000+ cursors)
  • Get personalized news, sports, weather, money and daily tidbits via the My Info button
You also have the ability to create your own toolbar buttons and add up to 200 of your own personalized links, while enjoying one-click access to the many areas of the My Way site - all with no banner ads, pop-ups or privacy concerns.

The My Web Search toolbar is free to download and free to use.

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Will the My Web Search toolbar work with my Web browser?
The My Web Search toolbar works with Internet Explorer versions 5.0 and above, Firefox and the AOL Browser.

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How do I "uninstall" the My Web Search toolbar?
You can easily uninstall the My Web Search toolbar using the instructions below:
  • Close all open Web browsers
  • From the "Start" menu in Windows, select "Control Panel"
  • Select "Add/Remove Programs"
  • Select "My Web Search"
  • Click "Change/Remove"
Now just follow the simple instructions and the My Web Search toolbar will be uninstalled. Should you reopen your Web browser and still see the My Web Search toolbar, you may need to restart your computer for the uninstall process to be completed.

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To find out what version your Internet Explorer browser is, try this:
Go to the Help menu located at the top of your browser. Select "About Internet Explorer." A box will appear that tells you what version you have.

Note to AOL Users: The My Web Search toolbar is designed for use with standard Web browsers and currently will not function within AOL's software or its built-in Web browser. However, you can use the My Web Search toolbar on any supported browser (Internet Explorer 5.* or 6.*) you launch while you are connected to the Internet through AOL.

Note to WebTV Users: The My Web Search toolbar does not function with the WebTV interface.

Note to CompuServe Users: The My Web Search toolbar is designed for use with Internet Explorer 5.0 and above and currently will not function with the browser supplied by CompuServe.

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What are the system requirements for installing the My Web Search toolbar?
The My Web Search toolbar is currently available for Windows 95, Windows 98, Window NT 4.0, Windows XP, and Windows 2000. The My Web Search toolbar software and cache require 1 meg of disk space on the disk drive containing your windows directory (usually the C: drive). If you are currently able to run a supported Web browser (IE 5.* or 6.*) on your computer, you should be able to install and run the My Web Search toolbar. In particular, your Web browser and the My Web Search toolbar require a 486 or newer, compatible processor, 16 MB of RAM, VGA display (SVGA is recommended), a mouse or similar pointing device, and Internet access.

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Does the My Web Search toolbar track where I go on the Internet?
No, the My Web Search toolbar does not monitor or report information about where you are traveling or what you do on Web sites.

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navigating

Can I search the Web with the My Web Search toolbar?
Yes! In fact, the My Web Search toolbar search tool is powered by not one, but FOUR of the Internet's leading search providers: Google, Yahoo!, Ask Jeeves and LookSmart.

To choose your primary search provider, click your "My Web Search" button (far-left side of toolbar) and select "Change Default Search Provider". Check the box next to the search provider of your choice, then click the "Finished" button. Your My Web Search toolbar's Search button will now be your primary search provider.

In addition to your primary search provider, you can add up to 4 other search provider buttons to your My Web Search toolbar. To do so, click your "My Web Search" button and select "Add/Remove Buttons". Then add other search provider buttons - these will appear to the right of your primary search provider button on your My Web Search toolbar.

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Can I hide the My Web Search toolbar from my browser?
For Internet Explorer 5.0 or above, you can hide the My Web Search toolbar by doing the following:
  • Go to the "View" menu at the top of your browser.
  • Select "Toolbars"
  • Click "My Web Search" to hide; click again to unhide.
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What does the "My Info" button do?
This button provides you with a wealth of personalized content including news, sports, weather, money and daily tidbits. Your My Info content appears in a skinny window to the left of your main browser window so as not to interrupt your Web browsing experience. To learn more, read the To learn more, read the My Info FAQs.

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customizing

How do I customize the My Web Search toolbar?
To customize the My Web Search toolbar, click on the "My Web Search" button to the far left of the toolbar.

Once you click the "My Web Search" button, you will be shown the following customization option:
  • My Web Search Hub: This option provides you with access to all the My Web Search Hub content pages, powered by My Way - a web portal with no banners, pop-ups or privacy concerns.
  • Tell-A-Friend: This option lets you send emails to your friends alerting them to such cool My Web Search toolbar features as Smiley Central, PopSwatter and My Mail Stamp.
  • Add/Remove Buttons: This option allows you to select the buttons that would like to appear on your My Web Search toolbar.
  • Change Order of Buttons: This option allows you to arrange the order in which your selected buttons are displayed on the My Web Search toolbar.
  • Edit Personalized Buttons: This option will allow you to customize the different "My buttons".
  • Change Default Search Provider: This option allows you to switch from your current default search provider to one of our other four industry-leading providers. Options include Google, Yahoo!, Ask Jeeves and LookSmart.
  • Help: This option takes you to our My Web Search help directory. Here you'll find access to all of your toolbar's individual help pages, including Smiley Central, PopSwatter, My Mail Stamp, My Info and the page you're currently reading. You can also access the help center for My Way - the Web portal that powers the My Web Search toolbar.
  • My Web Search Version: This option lets you know the current version of your toolbar.
  • Clear History of Search Terms: This option allows you to remove all prior search terms from your My Web Search toolbar's history or "memory" (the pull-down of past search terms that appears when you begin typing a search that you've entered previously).
  • Enable Offline Browsing: This option tells your My Web Search toolbar to request your My Web Search toolbar buttons from My Way's servers only after it detects an Internet connection. If you're connected to the Web using an "always on" connection (Cable, DSL, etc.), you may wish to uncheck this option for your buttons to be retrieved faster.
  • Color Buttons Always: This option allows the icons on your My Web Search toolbar buttons to always remain in color. Unchecking this option will cause your button's icons to only appear in color when you click one of them.
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How do I add or modify buttons on the My Web Search toolbar?
Click the "My Web Search" button to the far left of your toolbar and select "Add/Remove Buttons". This will take you to the "customize your searchbar" page. Here you are able to select which buttons you wish to have displayed on your My Web Search toolbar. You can select up to 20 buttons from the available list to have displayed on your My Web Search toolbar. You can also change your selections at any time.

Once you have selected the buttons that you would like to display on your My Web Search toolbar,click either "Finished" to save your changes, OR "Change Layout" to change the order of the buttons on your toolbar, OR "Edit My Buttons" to edit the customizable "My" buttons.

Note: If you add more buttons than will fit across the My Web Search toolbar at one time, you can find the remaining buttons under the "More>>" button on the far right of the My Web Search toolbar. Clicking on this button will show you a list of the remaining buttons that will not fit within the My Web Search toolbar.

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How do I change the layout of the My Web Search toolbar buttons?
Once you have selected the buttons that you would like to display on your My Web Search toolbar, click on the "Change Layout" button to reach the "button order" page. Here you are able to specify the order in which the buttons are displayed on the My Web Search toolbar.

Click a button name in the "button order" box and then click the up or down arrow buttons to move it up or down within the list of buttons. Buttons that you move to the top of this list will display immediately to the right of the Search box on the My Web Search toolbar.

To remove a button, click a button name and then click the "X" button to the right of the "button order" box.

When you have placed the buttons in the order which you would like them displayed, click "Finished", or click "Add More" to add more buttons to your toolbar, or click "Edit My Buttons" to edit the My Buttons.

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How do I add links to the My Web Search toolbar? If you have chosen to add any of the "My buttons" to your My Web Search toolbar, this page will allow you to customize each individual button with specific links of your choosing.

To customize any of the "My buttons", select the button that you would like to customize from the list at the top.

Note: If you wish to customize any of the "My" buttons you will have to have already selected them within the "Choose your buttons" page.

My Own Button Customization

Button Title: This is how the particular button will be labeled on the My Web Search toolbar. If you leave this field blank, your My Web Search toolbar will display "My Button X" where "X" is the default button name.

Button URL: Enter in the URL of the page that you would like this button to point to. By clicking on this button, you will then be taken directly to that page.

Button Icon: Select, from the displayed options, the icon that you would like to be shown for that particular button.

Edit/Add links in Button

You can add additional links to each button that will display within the drop-down menu when clicking each button. To do so, enter the link name as you would like it displayed in the drop-down menu as well as the URL of the page that you wish to point to. Click on the "Add>>" button to add the new link to the list for this button.

To change the order in which these additional links are displayed in the button drop-down menu, click the link name in the right box and then click the up and down arrow buttons to move it within the list.

To remove a link from this list, click on the link you wish to remove and then click the "X" button. NOTE: The easiest way to add a link to any My button is to go the Web site you would like to add, then click on the My button and select "Add This Site" from the drop-down menu.

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