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Published on 06.09.09 by Brent Trahan

Prevent Users from Closing the Browser or Explorer Windows

Learn how to disable closing Internet Explorer or Explorer windows in Windows 7.

If you enable this policy, the Close command on the File menu will appear dimmed.

If you disable this policy or do not configure it, users are not prevented from closing the browser or Windows Explorer.

Note: The Close button in the top right corner of the program will not work; if users click the Close button, they will be informed that the command is not available.

Disable Closing IE or Browser Windows

  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 File menu: Disable closing the browser and Explorer windows in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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