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Published on 06.04.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable the Help Menu in Internet Explorer

Learn how to turn off Internet Explorer’s Help Menu in Windows 7.

This policy setting allows you to turn off the Help menu in Internet Explorer.

If you enable this policy setting, users will not be able to use the Internet Explorer help.

  • Help will be removed from the command bar.
  • Help menu in the menu bar will not be functional.
  • The use of the shortcut key F1 for help will be restricted.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, Internet Explorer Help menu will be available to the users and they can also use F1 to access help.

Turn off Internet Explorer’s Help Menu

  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.


  3. Double-click Turn off displaying the Internet Explorer Help Menu in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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