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Print "Manage Add-ons" listings to a file

Introduction

Manage Add-ons feature introduced in Windows XP Service Pack 2 is a great feature where-in you can view the list of browser add-ons and disable them selectively via user interface or through Policies. This article will help you to capture the Manage Add-ons listing and transfer to a file for further reading:

SysExporter utility allows you to grab the data stored in standard list-views, tree-views, list boxes, and combo boxes from almost any application running on your system, and export it to text, HTML or XML file.

How to capture the Add-on listings using this tool?

  • Close all running applications

  • Click Start, Run and type INETCPL.CPL

  • Select Programs tab, and click Manage Add-ons... button

  • To view additional columns, right-click the column header

  • Start SysExporter, select the item named Manage Add-ons (ListView)

  • In the lower pane, select all the entries CTRL + A

  • Right-click and choose Copy selected items (Tab delimited)

  • Open Notepad and press CTRL + V to paste the text from clipboard.

  • Save the Notepad document.

To view the Manage Add-ons listing in a readable format, start Microsoft Excel and open the saved text document (which is tab delimited). Follow the prompts, and the document will be neatly aligned with column headers. Sample XLS sheet here.

Additional Information

You can also use ToolbarCop to view the list of browser Add-ons, that includes Browser Helper Objects, Toolbars, Toolbar buttons, Browser Extensions, Horizontal and Vertical Explorer bars, third-party download manager hooks etc.

Download ToolbarCop and run it. In the Tools menu, click Scan for Search bars. Now, click the Notepad icon in the ToolbarCop menu bar. The log file will be generated and opened automatically.

References

How to print Windows XP Search results to a file?

Using ToolbarCop to remove the unwanted Toolband, Toolbar Icons and BHO

Internet Explorer "Manage Add-ons" does not retain your column preferences?