Control Internet Explorer Settings

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

If your organization needs to control Internet Explorer 5 or Internet Explorer 6 settings, you can use the following registry hacks for Windows NT / Windows 2000 / Windows XP :

Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER for individual user
Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE for any user of PC
Key: Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1 enable restriction

Open your registry and find or create the desired subkey(s):

  • AlwaysPromptWhenDownload
    Always prompt user when downloading files.
  • NoBrowserBars
    Disable changes to browsers bars.
  • NoBrowserClose
    Disable the option of closing Internet Explorer.
  • NoBrowserContextMenu
    Disable right-click context menu.
  • NoBrowserSaveAs
    Disable the ability to Save As.
  • NoFavorites
    Disable the Favorites.
  • NoBrowserOptions
    Disable the Tools | Internet Options menu.
  • NoFileNew
    Disable the File | New command.
  • NoFileOpen
    Disable the File | Open command.
  • NoFindFiles
    Disable the Find Files command.
  • NoNavButtons
    Disables the Forward and Back navigation buttons
  • NoOpeninNewWnd
    Disable Open in New Window option.
  • NoPrinting
    Remove Print and Print Preview from the File menu.
  • NoSelectDownloadDir
    Disable the option of selecting a download directory.
  • NoTheaterMode
    Disable the Full Screen view option.
  • NoViewSource
    Disable the ability to view the page source HTML.
  • RestGoMenu
    Remove Mail and News menu item.

Restart Internet Explorer for any of these restrictions to take effect.

Featured Links