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Published on 06.02.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Ability to Enable or Disable Internet Explorer Add-ons

Learn how to disable a user’s ability to enable or disable Internet Explorer’s add-ons in Windows 7.

This policy setting allows you to manage whether users have the ability to allow or deny add-ons through Add-On Manager.

If you enable this policy setting, users cannot enable or disable add-ons through Add-On Manager. The only exception occurs if an add-on has been specifically entered into the ‘Add-On List’ policy setting in such a way as to allow users to continue to manage the add-on. In this case, the user can still manage the add-on through the Add-On Manager.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, the appropriate controls in the Add-On Manager will be available to the user.

Don’t Allow Users to Enable or Disable IE Add-ons

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Internet Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Do not allow users to enable or disable add-ons in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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