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Published on 12.07.09 by Brent Trahan

Prevent Configuring the Default Links Color in Internet Explorer

Learn how to prevent a user from changing Internet Explorer’s default links color in Windows 7.

This policy setting prevents users from changing the color of Web page links that they have not yet clicked. Appropriate color choices can make links easier to see for some users, especially those who use high-contrast color schemes.

If you enable this policy setting, a user cannot configure the color for links not yet clicked in Internet Explorer. You must specify the link color (for example: 192,192,192).

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users can choose the color for links not yet clicked.

Prevent Changing the Default Link Color 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, Display settings, and then select Link Colors in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Prevent users from configuring the color of links that have not yet been clicked in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable, set the text color, and then click OK to save the changes.


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