User Restrictions and Internet Explorer Version 5.x

Applying User Restrictionsto

Internet Explorer Version 5.01 and Above

The are a number of user restrictions that you can apply to Internet Explorer (IE) 5.01 and above to govern just how Internet Explorer can be used in your environment, whether that is at home or on a network. The table below provides you with a comprehensive listing of the limitations you can to the Internet Explorer environment. These limitations can be applied to either a single user or to everyone using the specific computer.

To apply restrictions to one user, set the restriction in this Windows Registry Key:


To apply restrictions to all users, set the restriction in this Windows Registry Key:


*If you set a restriction at both the user and the machine level, the machine level setting takes precedence.

**A value of 1 enables the restriction, while a value of 0 disables the restriction.

To add a restriction, perform the following steps:

  1. Start regedit.exe.
  2. Go to either HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\InternetExplorer\Restrictions (for a user), or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\InternetExplorer\Restrictions (for all users).
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD value.
  4. In the table, find the desired value, enter it for the Value name, and press Enter.
  5. Double-click the new value and set it to 1 to enable the restriction. Click OK.
  6. Close regedit.
Value name Description
NoToolbarCustomize Customize the toolbar.
NoBandCustomize Customize the band.
SmallIcons Force small icons.
LockIconSize Change the icon size.
SpecifyDefaultButtons Must be set to 1 if you are going to disable any of the default buttons, such as the Back button (Btn_Back).
Btn_Back Back button and menu item
Btn_Forward Forward button and menu item.
Btn_Stop Stop button and menu item.
Btn_Refresh Refresh button and menu item.
Btn_Home Home button and menu item.
Btn_Search Search button and menu item.
Btn_History History button and menu item.
Btn_Favorites Favorites button and menu item.
Btn_Folders Folders Options command on the View menu.
Btn_Fullscreen Full Screen command on the Edit menu.
Btn_Tools Tools button and menu item.
Btn_MailNews Mail and News button and menu item.
Btn_Size Edit text size menu item.
Btn_Print Print button and menu item.
Btn_Edit Edit menu item.
Btn_Discussions Discussion button and menu item.
Btn_Cut Edit/Cut menu item.
Btn_Copy Edit/Copy menu item.
Btn_Paste Edit/Paste menu item.
Btn_Encoding View/Encoding menu item.
NoWindowsUpdate Removes Windows Update from the Tools Menu.
NoExpandedNewMenu Expand new menus.
NoFileUrl Run link to local file URL.
NoChannelUI                   Channels user interface.
NoAddingChannels              Add channels.
NoEditingChannels             Edit channels.
NoRemovingChannels            Remove channels.
NoAddingSubscriptions         Add subscriptions.
NoEditingSubscriptions        Edit subscriptions.
NoRemovingSubscriptions       Remove subscriptions.
NoChannelLogging              Channel logging.
NoManualUpdates               Manual updates.
NoScheduledUpdates            Update schedules.
NoUnattendedDialing           Unattended dialing.
NoChannelContent              Channel CDFs will be delivered but without content. Overrides the per-channel settings.
NoSubscriptionContent         Subscriptions will be monitored for changes, but content will not be downloaded.
NoEditingScheduleGroups       Edit schedule groups/create new ones.
MaxChannelSize                Maximum size in KB of channel elements in the cache. Overrides channel maximums the user sets.
MaxSubscriptionSize           Maximum size in KB of subscription elements in the cache. Overrides subscription maximums the user sets.
MaxChannelCount               User can’t add more than n channels. Not applied retroactively. Administrators can push more than n. N may not be zero.
MaxSubscriptionCount          User can’t add more than n subscriptions. Not applied retroactively. Administrators can push more than n. N may not be zero.
MinUpdateInterval             Channels and subscriptions can’t be updated more often than this number of minutes.
UpdateExcludeBegin            Number of minutes from midnight where schedule changes are excluded. Zero is not valid.
UpdateExcludeEnd End of a range in which to exclude schedule updates. May be lower than UpdateExcludeBegin.
UpdateInNewProcess            Subscriptions will be updated in a separate process, making the system more stable but slightly slower.
MaxWebcrawlLevels             Site subscriptions will be limited to MaxWebcrawlLevels – 1. Zero disables the restriction.
MaxChannelLevels              Channel subscriptions that contain LEVEL tags will be limited to MaxChannelLevels – 1. Zero disables the restriction.
NoSubscriptionPasswords       Prevents the entering and caching of passwords.
NoBrowserSaveWebComplete      Only save as .HTML, .HTM, or .TXT.
NoSearchCustomization         Customize search.
NoSplash                      Start-up splash screen
NoFileOpen                    File/Open menu item (IE only).
NoFileNew                     File/New menu item (IE only).
NoBrowserSaveAs               File/save as menu item (IE only)
NoBrowserOptions              Tools/Internet options menu item (IE only).
NoFavorites                   Favorites menu item (IE only).
NoSelectDownloadDir           Select download directory (IE only).
NoBrowserContextMenu          Browser context menu (IE only).
NoBrowserClose                Close browser (IE only).
NoOpeninNewWnd                New browser window (IE only).
NoTheaterMode                 Theater mode (IE only).
NoFindFiles                   Find files dialog (IE only).
NoViewSource                  Edit/View source menu item (IE only).
RestGoMenu                    View/Go to menu item (IE only).
NoToolbarOptions              Toolbar options (IE only).
AlwaysPromptWhenDownload      Always prompts when downloading (IE only).
NoHelpItemTipOfTheDay         Tip of the day (IE only).
NoHelpItemNetscapeHelp        Netscape help (IE only).
NoHelpItemTutorial            Tutorial (IE only).
NoHelpItemSendFeedback        Send feedback (IE only).
NoNavButtons                  Navigation buttons (IE only).
NoHelpMenu Help menu item (IE only). (There is a known problem with this not working with IE 5.01 SP1, and a fix is available.)
NoBrowserBars                 Browser bars (IE only).
NoToolBar                    Tool bar (IE only).
NoAddressBar                  Address bar (IE only).
NoLinksBar                    Links bar (IE only).

This page updated: 2/18/2001

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