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Published on 06.02.09 by Brent Trahan

Enforce Full Screen Mode in Internet Explorer

Learn how to enforce full screen mode in Internet Explorer in Windows 7.

The Navigation bar includes features for navigating among Web pages, searching the Web using a selection of search tools, viewing a History of visited pages, printing, and accessing email and newsgroups. The Menu bar contains menu items that open up dropdown lists for related options. Among the items are options for printing, customizing Internet Explorer, copying and pasting text, managing Favorites, and accessing Help. The command bar contains accessing and managing Favorites, feeds and the shortcuts to home page, feeds etc. Full screen mode will disable these three bars and Internet Explorer will appear in full screen mode. The shortcuts to these bars will also not work.

If you enable this policy setting, the navigation bar, command bar and menu bar will not be visible and the user will not be able to access them.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, the user will be able to view and access the navigation bar, command bar and menu bar.

Enforce Full screen Mode in IE

  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 Enforce Full Screen Mode in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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