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Published on 06.16.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Customizing Toolbars in Internet Explorer

Learn how to disable customizing toolbars in Internet Explorer in Windows 7.

Prevents users from determining which toolbars are displayed in Microsoft Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer.

If you enable this policy, the list of toolbars, which users can display by clicking the View menu and then pointing to the Toolbars command, will appear dimmed.

If you disable this policy or do not configure it, users can determine which toolbars are displayed in Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer.

This policy can be used in coordination with the “Disable customizing browser toolbar buttons” policy, which prevents users from adding or removing toolbars from Internet Explorer.

Disable Customizing Toolbars 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 toolbars in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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