[Windows 10 Tip] Disable “Send Feedback” (Smiley) Button in Internet Explorer Toolbar
A few months back we told you how to remove "Send a Smile or Frown" button (also known as Send Feedback icon) from Internet Explorer 11 toolbar in Windows 10 operating system. You can tread more about the tutorial at following link:
The above mentioned tutorial required use of Resource Hacker tool to modify a system file "ieframe.dll" to remove the smiley and other toolbar buttons in Internet Explorer.
Today an AskVG reader "Franek" shared a simple Registry tweak to remove this "Send Feedback" or "Send a Smile" button from IE11 toolbar quickly and easily and in this tutorial, we are going to share the same Registry tweak for interested people.
UPDATE: Another reader "MarkC" shared a similar Group Policy trick to remove the "Send Feedback" (Smiley) button from Internet Explorer toolbar which has also been added in this tutorial.
Actually this Registry tweak and Group Policy trick exist since long time and it was used to remove "Send Feedback" option from Help menu in older Internet Explorer versions. Fortunately the same methods still work in IE11 for disabling the Smiley button in the toolbar.
If you also want to get rid of the "Send a Smile" button from Internet Explorer toolbar in Windows 10, following steps will help you:
METHOD 1: Using Group Policy Editor (Gpedit.msc)
1. Press WIN+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box. Now type gpedit.msc in RUN and press Enter. It'll open Group Policy Editor.
2. Now go to:
User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Internet Explorer -> Browser menus
3. In right-side pane, double-click on "Help menu: Remove 'Send Feedback' menu option" option and set it to Enabled.
Apply the changes and it'll immediately remove the Smiley button from IE toolbar.
PS: If you decide to restore the Smiley button in future, double-click on "Help menu: Remove 'Send Feedback' menu option" option and set it to Not Configured again.
METHOD 2: Using Registry Editor (Regedit.exe)
1. Press WIN+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box. Now type regedit in RUN and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.
2. Now go to following key:
3. Under Microsoft key, create a new key and set its name as Internet Explorer
4. Now create another new key under the new Internet Explorer key and set its name as Restrictions
So the final path would be:
5. Now select Restrictions key and in right-side pane, create a new DWORD NoHelpItemSendFeedback and set its value to 1 to remove Send a Smile button from Internet Explorer toolbar.
Now you can check Internet Explorer and you'll no longer see the Smiley in the toolbar.
NOTE: If you want to re-enable Smiley button in IE toolbar, either delete the NoHelpItemSendFeedback DWORD or set its value to 0 and it'll immediately start showing the smiley button in IE toolbar.
PS: If you are not familiar with Registry editing and want a ready-made Registry script to do the task automatically, download following ZIP file, extract it and run the extracted REG file. It'll ask for confirmation, accept it:
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