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Published on 06.16.09 by Brent Trahan

Prevent Configuring the Hover Color in Internet Explorer

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

This policy setting prevents users from specifying the color to which hyperlinks change when the mouse pointer pauses on them.

If you enable this policy setting, a user cannot configure the hover color. You must specify the hover color (for example: 192,192,192).

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users can configure the hover color.

Prevent Changing the Hover 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 hover color 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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