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Published on 06.16.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Customizing Toolbar Buttons in Internet Explorer

Learn how to disable customizing toolbar buttons in Internet Explorer in Windows 7.

Prevents users from determining which buttons appear on the Microsoft Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer standard toolbars. The buttons appearing on the toolbar can be customized by the “Customize” option. This is present under the Toolbars submenu of the View menu in Internet Explorer 6 and under the Toolbars submenu of the Tools menu in the Command bar in subsequent versions of Internet Explorer.

If you enable this policy, the Customize option will be removed from the menu.

If you disable this policy or do not configure it, users can customize which buttons appear on the Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer toolbars.

This policy can be used in coordination with the “Disable customizing browser toolbars” policy, which prevents users from determining which toolbars are displayed in Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer.

Disable Customizing Toolbar Buttons 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 Toolbars in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Disable customizing browser toolbar buttons in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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