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Published on 06.02.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable the Import and Export Settings Wizard in Internet Explorer

Learn how to disable Internet Explorer’s Import/Export Settings wizard in Windows 7.

This policy’s settings disable the Import/Export Settings wizard. This wizard allows you to import settings from another browser, import settings from a file, or export settings to a file. Importing settings from another browser allows the user to import favorites and feeds from other browsers. Importing settings from a file allows the user to import favorites, feeds and cookies from a file. Exporting settings to a file allows the user to export favorites, feeds and cookies to a file.

If you enable this policy setting, the user will not be able to use the Import/Export Settings wizard.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, the user will be able to use the Import/Export Settings wizard.

Disable IE’s Import/Export Settings Wizard

  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 Disable Import/Export Settings wizard in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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