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Published on 06.09.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable the Open Menu Option in Internet Explorer

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

If you enable this policy, the Open dialog box will not appear when users click the Open command on the File menu. If users click the Open command, they will be notified that the command is not available.

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

Caution: This policy does not prevent users from right-clicking a link on a Web page, and then clicking the Open or Open in New Window command. To prevent users from opening Web pages by using the shortcut menu, 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 Open 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 Open 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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