Really interesting read. Obviously not usable on Windows 10, but this part caught my attention:
There are three keys: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\ShellBrowser HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\Explorer HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser With binary values named "ITBarLayout" that contain information about the layout of the toolbars.
The bits in the byte at offset 10h in "ITBarLayout" determines which toolbar elements are displayed. The bits function as follows:
Bit 1 -navigation buttons Bit 2 -address bar Bit 3 -links Bit 4 -throbber Bit 5 - Always on? Bits 6-8 - nothing
That still exists in the registry. See where I'm going with this? Any chance this could be used to hide the address bar still? He posted a screenshot of it working in XP, but I'm sceptical that it would still work in anything above Vista. Cheers!