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Published on 06.15.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Configuring History in Internet Explorer

Learn how to disable configuring Internet Explorer’s history in Windows 7.

This setting specifies the number of days that Internet Explorer tracks views of pages in the History List. To access the Temporary Internet Files and History Settings dialog box, from the Menu bar, on the Tools menu, click Internet Options, click the General tab, and then click Settings under Browsing history.

If you enable this policy setting, a user cannot set the number of days that Internet Explorer tracks views of the pages in the History List. You must specify the number of days that Internet Explorer tracks views of pages in the History List. Users can not delete browsing history.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, a user can set the number of days that Internet Explorer tracks views of pages in the History list. Users can delete browsing history.

Disable Configuring History in IE

  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, Internet Explorer, and then select Delete Browsing History in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Disable “Configuring History” in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable, choose how many days to keep the history, and then click OK to save the changes.

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