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Published on 05.27.09 by Brent Trahan

Turn Off the Publish to Web Task for Files and Folders

Learn how to turn off the “Publish to Web” task for files and folders in Windows 7.

Specifies whether the tasks “Publish this file to the Web,” “Publish this folder to the Web,” and “Publish the selected items to the Web,” are available from File and Folder Tasks in Windows folders.

The Web Publishing Wizard is used to download a list of providers and allow users to publish content to the Web.

If you enable this setting, these tasks are removed from the File and Folder tasks in Windows folders.

If you disable or do not configure this setting, the tasks will be shown.

Turn Off the “Publish to Web” Task

  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, System, Internet Communication Management, and then select Internet Communication Settings in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Turn off the “Publish to Web” task for files and folders in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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