Accessing Preference Mode Internet Explorer Setting in Group Policy

by Chris Sanders [Published on 15 June 2006 / Last Updated on 15 June 2006]

Group Policy contains many hidden jewels that are not always easy to find. Here we look at some advanced internet explorer settings that aren’t readily visible to the naked eye.

Hidden deep within Group Policy there are many jewels that are not always easy to find. One of these jewels is the advanced or “preference mode” Internet Explorer settings. These can be accessed with the following steps:
  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console and create a new GPO.
  2. Browse to User Configuration/Windows Settings
  3. Right click on “Internet Explorer Maintenance” and click “Preference Mode”
This will add another subgroup of settings listed under “Advanced”. In this subgroup you can edit settings related to cache size, auto complete, roaming profile cache, auto image resizing, and many more things.


Chris Sanders is the network administrator for one of the largest public school systems in the state of Kentucky. Chris's specialties include general network administration, windows server 2003, wireless networking, and security. You can view Chris' personal website at

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Chris Sanders is a network security analyst for EWA Government Systems Inc. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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