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Published on 06.15.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable the General Page in Internet Explorer

Learn how to disable Internet Explorer’s general page in Windows 7.

Removes the General tab from the interface in the Internet Options dialog box.

If you enable this policy, users are unable to see and change settings for the home page, the cache, history, Web page appearance, and accessibility.

If you disable this policy or do not configure it, users can see and change these settings.

When you set this policy, you do not need to set the following Internet Explorer policies (located in \User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\), because this policy removes the General tab from the interface:

“Disable changing home page settings”

“Disable changing Temporary Internet files settings”

“Disable changing history settings”

“Disable changing color settings”

“Disable changing link color settings”

“Disable changing font settings”

“Disable changing language settings”

“Disable changing accessibility settings”

Disable the General Page 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 Internet Control Panel in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Disable the General page in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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