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Disable IE Image Toolbar

Okay, I know that subject of image theft on the internet is highly volatile, and I absolutely do not want to start a war about this. Everyone has their own beliefs about ways to prevent their images from being stolen. The truth is, if someone really wants your images, they will find a way, regardless of which precautions you take.

For the record, I do not now, nor will I ever believe you should disable right clicking in an attempt to limit image theft.

HOWEVER, often times people who copy and use images have absolutely no idea that they should not. If we leave the IE image toolbar enabled on our websites, we are almost encouraging those people that don’t know better to take our images.

Image Toolbar
IE Image Toolbar

Here they are just surfing around the net and all of the sudden this image toolbar jumps up in front of them because they happened to allow their cursor to hover over the image. The toolbar practically begs them to either save the image or email to someone else! Additionally, it is just plain annoying when you are trying to look through a site with lots of images and it keeps popping up.

If you do not specifically disable it on your site, it will pop up when people visit your site using Internet Explorer (6.0) unless they have it specifically disabled in their browser.

Since the default is ON, you will find very few people have it disabled.

DISABLE THE DARN THING ON YOUR WEBSITES!

In the head (between the <head>and the</head>) of every page where you want the image toolbar disabled, add the following code:

<meta http-equiv="imagetoolbar" content="no">

For those of you using xhtml, such as WordPress blogs, you would add the following code.

<meta http-equiv="imagetoolbar" content="no" />

DO NOT TURN THE IMAGE TOOLBAR OFF IN YOUR BROWSER!

Why do I say this?

Because it is too easy to forget when you are creating new pages, new sites, new blogs etc. I want it to jump up and bite you on your own sites so that you know it is there and can correct it.

A good example of this: I changed out some blogs recently and forgot to disable the image toolbar in the head of blog. Fortunately, I did not have the image toolbar disabled in my own browser, so I could catch the code omission rapidly.
 

I WILL DEFINITELY SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

J. Cricket Walker

Small Business Marketing Consultant and Scenic Photographer
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