Channel Bar

Channel Bar was a component of Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4 that displays the available user-subscribed Active Channels.

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What is Channel Bar (in computer networking)?

A component of Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4 that displays the available user-subscribed Active Channels. Active Channels provide a way of webcasting information to subscribers using Microsoft's Channel Definition Format (CDF) technology.

How it works

When Internet Explorer is first installed on a user’s machine, a selection of preloaded channels is stored in the channel bar according to the country preference the user specified during installation. These channels are stored by default in C:\Windows\Favorites\Channels on a computer running Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows 98 and in C:\Winnt\Profiles\<user> \Favorites\Channels on a computer running Windows NT. When a user subscribes to a channel, a small red gleam appears next to the icon representing the channel. This gleam indicates that new content has been downloaded and is available for browsing.

What is Channel Bar (in computer networking)?

When Internet Explorer is first installed on a user’s machine, a selection of preloaded channels is stored in the channel bar according to the country preference the user specified during installation. These channels are stored by default in C:\Windows\Favorites\Channels on a computer running Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows 98 and in C:\Winnt\Profiles\<user> \Favorites\Channels on a computer running Windows NT. When a user subscribes to a channel, a small red gleam appears next to the icon representing the channel. This gleam indicates that new content has been downloaded and is available for browsing.

NOTE

Administrators who plan to deliver and install Internet Explorer on users’ machines can use the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) to customize the users’ set of startup channels. Administrators can thus use the channel bar to deliver important information to users through the company’s intranet site.