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Published on 06.09.09 by Brent Trahan

Hide Favorites in Internet Explorer

Learn how to hide Internet Explorer’s favorites in Windows 7.

Prevents users from adding, removing, editing or viewing the list of Favorite links.

The Favorites list is a way to store popular links for future use.

If you enable this policy, the Favorites menu is removed from the interface, and the Favorites button on the browser toolbar appears dimmed. The Add to Favorites command on the shortcut menu is disabled; when users click it, they are informed that the command is unavailable.

If you disable this policy or do not configure it, users can manage their Favorites list.

Note: If you enable this policy, users also cannot click Synchronize on the Tools menu (in Internet Explorer 6) to manage their favorite links that are set up for offline viewing.

Hide IE’s Favorites

  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.

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  3. Double-click Hide Favorites menu in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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