How can I use Group Policy to restrict access to the Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) configuration tabs?

A. IE includes seven configuration tabs that you can access either from the Tools, Internet Options menu or from the Internet Options Control Panel applet; The tabs are

  • General--Basic options for configuring the home page, temporary Internet file settings, and history
  • Security--Settings for configuring Internet security options (e.g., ActiveX options)
  • Privacy--Privacy settings for Internet connections
  • Content--Settings for Internet connection ratings and personal profile information
  • Connections--Settings for configuring dial-up and firewall options
  • Programs--Executables used for various Internet programs
  • Advanced--Advanced options

You can use Group Policy to disable any of these tabs. First, start Group Policy Editor (GPE) for a specific policy (e.g., from the Microsoft Management Console--MMC--Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, right-click a container, select Properties from the context menu, select the Group Policy tab, then select Edit). Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Internet Explorer, Internet Control Panel. There, you'll see an option for disabling each of the seven tabs.

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