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Published on 06.08.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Changing Link Color Settings in Internet Explorer

Learn how to disable changing Internet Explorer’s link color settings in Windows 7.

If you enable this policy, the color settings for links appear dimmed. The settings are located in the Links area of the dialog box that appears when users click the General tab and then click the Colors button in the Internet Options dialog box.

If you disable this policy or do not configure it, users can change the default color of links on Web pages.

If you set the “Disable the General page” policy (located in \User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Internet Control Panel), you do not need to set this policy, because the “Disable the General page” policy removes the General tab from the interface.

Note: The default link colors are ignored on Web pages on which the author has specified link colors.

Disable Changing IE’s Link Color Settings

  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 Disable changing link color settings in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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