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Published on 06.11.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable the Internet Options Menu Option in Internet Explorer

Learn how to disable Internet Explorer’s Internet Options menu option in Windows 7.

If you enable this policy, users cannot change their Internet options, such as default home page, cache size, and connection and proxy settings, from the browser Tools menu. When users click the Internet Options command on the Tools menu, they are informed that the command is unavailable.

If you disable this policy or do not configure it, users can change their Internet settings from the browser Tools menu.

Caution: This policy does not prevent users from viewing and changing Internet settings by clicking the Internet Options icon in Windows Control Panel.

Also, see policies for Internet options in the \Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer and in \Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Internet Control Panel folders.

Disable IE’s Internet Options Menu Option

  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 Browser menus in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Tools menu: Disable Internet Options… menu option in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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