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Published on 06.15.09 by Brent Trahan

Prevent Configuring of Search from the Address Bar in Internet Explorer

Learn how to prevent configuring Internet Explorer’s search from the address bar in Windows 7.

This policy setting specifies the action that will be performed when searching from the Address bar. There are two possible actions:

  • Do not search from the Address bar: Specifies to not use the Address bar for searches. You can still perform searches in the Search bar by clicking the Search button in the toolbar.
  • Just display the results in the main window: Specifies that, when you search from the Address bar, the list of search results be displayed in the main window.

If you enable this policy setting, you must specify what action should be performed when searching from the Address bar. The user cannot change it.

If you disable or not configure this policy setting, the user can specify what action should be performed when searching from the Address bar.

Prevent Configuring Search from Address Bar 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, Internet Explorer, Internet Settings, Advanced settings, and then select Searching in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Prevent configuring of search from the Address bar in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable, set the address bar action, and then click OK to save the changes.


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