A. In the previous FAQ, I told you how to use Group Policy to disable the IE configuration tabs. You can also edit the registry to disable these tabs by performing the following steps:
- Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
- Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft registry subkey.
- If the Internet Explorer subkey doesn't exist, create it (from the Edit menu, select New, Key and type "Internet Explorer" without the quotes) and navigate to that subkey.
- Under the Internet Explorer subkey, create a subkey called Control Panel, then navigate to that subkey.
- From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value, and create the first value (i.e., GeneralTab) from the table below. Press Enter.
- Double-click the created value, set it to 1 to disable the specified tab, then Click OK.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 for each value in the table below.
- Close the registry editor.
The changes take effect immediately. To reenable the tab, set the registry value to 0 or delete the value.
|DWORD Value to Create||Tab Disabled|
The figure below shows a sample configuration.
In the figure, the Security and Advanced tabs have been removed but the Connections tab is still visible because its value is set to 0 in the registry. The remaining four tabs are all visible by default because they're not affected by the configuration that the figure shows.