How to Hide Tabs or Restrict Users from Changing Options in a Tab in Internet Explorer Options Window?

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If you use Internet Explorer and want to restrict other users from changing IE settings using Internet Options dialog box, this tutorial will definitely help you.

In this tutorial, we'll learn how to restrict users from enabling/disabling options in a particular tab, accessing a particular tab or completely hiding a tab from the user.

As you can see in the following screenshot, we have disabled the "Advanced" tab completely and "Connections", "Content", "Privacy", "Programs" and "Security" tabs are hidden from user:

Internet_Explorer_Options_Dialog_Restrictions.png

So without wasting time, here are the steps to restrict users from changing Internet Explorer settings using Internet Options dialog box:

1. Type regedit in RUN or start menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\

Create a new key "Control Panel" under "Internet Explorer" key.

3. Now to restrict an option, disable a tab or hide a tab, you'll need to create a new DWORD value in right-side pane and set its value to 1

We are providing the DWORD value names and their description so that you can choose the desired one and create it in right-side pane and set its value to 1 to make it working:

Accessibility - Disables options in "Accessibility" window in "General" tab
Advanced - Disables options in "Advanced" tab
AdvancedTab - Completely hides "Advanced" tab
Autoconfig - Disables "Automatic Configuration" section in "LAN Settings" window under "Connections" tab
Cache - Restricts changes to Temporary Internet Files settings
CalendarContact - Restricts changes to Calender and Contact List options
Certificates - Restricts changes to Security Certificates in "Content" tab
CertifPers - Restricts changes to Personal Certificates in "Content" tab
CertifPub - Restricts changes to Publisher Certificates in "Content" tab
CertifSite - Restricts changes to Site Certificates in "Content" tab
Check_If_Default - Restricts checking IE as default browser in "Programs" tab
Colors - Restricts changes to "Colors" window in "General" tab
Connection Settings - Disables options in "Connections" tab
Connection Wizard - Disables Internet Connection Wizard
ConnectionsTab - Completely hides "Connections" tab
Connwiz Admin Lock - Disables "Setup Internet Connection" button in "Connections" tab
ContentTab - Completely hides "Content" tab
Fonts - Disables options in "Fonts" window in "General" tab
FormSuggest - Disables AutoComplete Settings for Forms in "Content" tab
FormSuggest Passwords - Disables AutoComplete Settings for Passwords in "Content" tab
GeneralTab - Completely hides "General" tab
History - Restricts changes to History settings in "General" tab
HomePage - Restricts changes to Home page settings in "General" tab
Languages - Restricts changes to "Languages" window in "General" tab
Links - Restricts changes to Links settings in "General" tab
Messaging - Restricts changes to E-mail, Newsgroups, Internet call options in "Programs" tab
Privacy Settings - Restricts changs to Cookies settings in "Privacy" tab
PrivacyTab - Completely hides "Privacy" tab
Profiles - Restricts changes to Profiles in "Content" tab
ProgramsTab - Completely hides "Programs" tab
Proxy - Disables "Proxy server" section in "LAN Settings" window under "Connections" tab
Ratings - Restricts changes to "Content Advisor" settings in "Content" tab
ResetWebSettings - Disables "Reset Web Settings" button in "Programs" tab
SecAddSites - Disables "Sites" button in "Security" tab
SecChangeSettings - Restricts changes to Security Level in "Security" tab
SecurityTab - Completely hides "Security" tab
Settings - Restricts changes to Temporary Internet Files options

For example, if you want to hide "Advanced" tab, create new DWORD value AdvancedTab and set its value to 1

Restrict_Internet_Explorer_Options_Dialog.png

4. If you want to disable the whole "Internet Options" window from Tools menu, go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\

Create a new key "Restrictions" under "Internet Explorer" key. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD value NoBrowserOptions and set its value to 1

NOTE: To remove the restriction, either change DWORD value to 0 or delete the DWORD value.

PS: If you want a ready-made registry script to do the task automatically, download following ZIP file, extract it and run the extracted REG file:

Download Registry Script

Also Check:

How to Restrict Users from Deleting Browsing History Data in Internet Explorer?

How to Restrict Users from Changing Internet Explorer Homepage Settings?





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