JSI Tip 6545. How can I prevent a user from using the F3 key to search in Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer?

I first discussed the NoFindFiles Value Name in tip 1147.

Setting the NoFindFiles Value Name to 1, at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions, disables a users ability to use the F3 key to invoke the Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer search.

To set this value using a .REG file:

1. Copy /Paste the following to a NoFindFiles.reg file:


\[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions\]

2. Merge the NoFindFiles.reg file with the users registry or run regedit /s NoFindFiles.reg.

3. The user must log off and log on for this setting to take effect.

When the user presses the F3 key in Windows Explorer or Internet Explorer, a dialog box entitled Restrictions is displayed with the following message:

The operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.

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