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Published on 06.17.09 by Brent Trahan

Prohibit Browsing in the Task Scheduler

Learn how to prohibit browsing in the Task Scheduler in Windows 7.

Limits newly scheduled to items on the user’s Start menu, and prevents the user from changing the scheduled program for existing tasks.

This setting removes the Browse button from the Schedule Task Wizard and from the Task tab of the properties dialog box for a task. Also, users cannot edit the “Run” box or the “Start in” box that determine the program and path for a task.

As a result, when users create a task, they must select a program from the list in the Scheduled Task Wizard, which displays only the tasks that appear on the Start menu and its submenus. Once a task is created, users cannot change the program a task runs.

Important: This setting does not prevent users from creating a new task by pasting or dragging any program into the Scheduled Tasks folder. To prevent this action, use the “Prohibit Drag-and-Drop” setting.

Note: This setting appears in the Computer Configuration and User Configuration folders. If both settings are configured, the setting in Computer Configuration takes precedence over the setting in User Configuration.

Prohibit Browsing in the Task Scheduler

  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, and then select Task Scheduler in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


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


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