To remove the Search button from the Standard Buttons toolbar in Windows 2000 Explorer, and from the programs that use it, like My Computer and My Network Places, you can implement the Remove Search button from Windows Explorer Group Policy, at User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer.

This policy corresponds to the NoShellSearchButton value name, a REG_DWORD data type, at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer.

When the policy is Disabled or Not configured, the data value of NoShellSearchButton is 0. When the policy is Enabled, the data value is set to 1.

The policy does NOT remove the Search button from the Start menu or from the Windows Explorer context menu. To remove these Search functions, and F3 and Application Key+F, use the Remove Search menu from Start Menu Group Policy at User Configuration\AdministrativeTemplates\Start Menu & Taskbar. This policy corresponds to the NoFind value name.

NOTE: The Application Key has the Windows logo.