the Internet Explorer & Outlook Express Toolbar Logo (Windows
9x and NT)
When you browse the Internet using Internet Explorer or read messages using Outlook
Express, a logo is displayed indicating whether activity is taking place. With this tweak
you can modify which logo is shown, customize it or reset it to the default.
Use Your Own Animated Logo
There are two bitmap files used to display the animated logo, both can be identical except
for the size, one is 38 pixels wide and the other 22 pixels.
Using an image editor, such as MS Paint, create an image similar to a roll of film, where
equal sized "frames" are a stacked vertically within the one larger image. For
example, a large icon, with 10 frames, would be 38 pixels wide and 380 pixels high (38
pixels x 10 frames = 380 pixels high).
When active and the logo is animated, the top frame is shown first, then the next, an so
on, until the last frame is reached and the image loops. Similarly, when the application
is idle, the first frame is shown statically until further activity, that is unless an
alternate non-animated logo has been defined using the technique below.
Once you have created the icons you need to register them by opening the key
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar] in your registry.
Then create two new string values, or modify the existing values, named 'SmBrandBitmap'
and 'BrandBitmap' and set their values to equal the full filename of the small (22 pixel)
image and large (38 pixel) image respectively.
Use Your Own Non-Animated Logo
These images are shown when the application is idle, as with the method above there are
two images one small 22 x 22 pixel and a larger 38 x 38 pixel. To activate them open the
key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main] and create two string
values named 'SmallBitmap' and 'BigBitmap' setting the values to equal the filenames of
Reset to the Default Logos
To restore the default animated logo, delete the 'BrandBitmap' and
'SmBrandBitmap' string values found under the registry key [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet
To restore the default idle logo, delete the 'SmallBitmap' and 'BigBitmap'
string values found under the registry key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet
Note: You will need to restart Internet Explorer or Outlook Express for the change to take
For example, the setting may look like:
For the animated logos:
and for static logos:
Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to
reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the
incorrect use of the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own