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Published on 06.09.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable the New Menu Option in Internet Explorer

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

If this policy is enabled, users cannot open a new browser window by clicking the File menu, pointing to the New menu, and then clicking Window. The user interface is not changed, but a new window will not be opened, and users will be informed that the command is not available.

If you disable this policy or do not configure it, users can open a new browser window from the File menu.

Caution: This policy does not prevent users from opening a new browser window by right-clicking, and then clicking the Open in New Window command. To prevent users from using the shortcut menu to open new browser windows, you should also set the “Disable Open in New Window menu option” policy, which disables this command on the shortcut menu, or the “Disable context menu” policy, which disables the entire shortcut menu.

Disable IE’s New 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 File menu: Disable New 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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