Enable Full Restricted Mode in Internet Explorer

How to Enable Full Restricted Mode in Internet Explorer Web Browser

Mar. 24, 2014 09:14 am / Posted by Michael Eric to Online Website
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Even there a lot of different web browsers can be chosen by you. Internet Explorer still shares a large market. As IE users, you may need to know all the tips of using this web browser, especially the security tips. Last time, we introduced 6 tips to make Internet Explorer more secure. Here, a new tip will be added – how to enable Full Restricted Mode in Internet Explorer web browser.

What is Full Restricted Mode?

Full Restricted mode is a hidden secret mode present in IE which can restrict users from accessing menus, toolbar buttons, Internet option, etc in the browser window. It's different from a built-in "Full Screen Mode" in Internet Explorer, which works like a guest mode in IE. Users can't access any option, menu or toolbar button. They can only use some basic keyboard shortcuts to open webpages, save pages, close tabs, etc.

How does Full Restricted Mode Work?

Once you enable Full Restricted mode, no toolbar or menubar is visible in Internet Explorer window. User can see only titlebar in IE window. This mode can be very useful for organizations which want their employees or users to access only a particular webpage and want to restrict them from accessing other websites or using menus and options in IE.

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How to Enable Full Restricted Mode in IE?

Here will introduce two methods to help you enable Full Restricted mode in Internet Explorer web browser. First note that this trick works in IE 7 and all later versions.

Method 1: Using Group Policy Editor to Enable Full Restricted Mode in Internet Explorer

  • 1. Press Windows + R key to launch RUN dialog box, then type gpedit.msc and press Enter. It'll open Group Policy Editor.
  • 2. Now go to:

    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer

  • 3. In right-side pane, double click on "Enforce full-screen mode" option and set its value to "Enabled".

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Then, close Group Policy Editor and restart Internet Explorer. It will always open in full screen mode.

If you want to disable full screen mode, select the value of above mentioned option to "Disabled".

Method 2: Using Registry Editor to Enable Full Restricted Mode in IE

  • 1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.
  • 2. Now go to following key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Policies\Microsoft\

  • 3. Create a new key Internet Explorer under Microsoft and then create another new key Main under Internet Explorer key. The final key structure would be:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

  • 4. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD AlwaysShowMenus and set its value to 0.

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  • 5. Again go to following key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

  • 6. Create a new key Toolbars under Internet Explorer key and then create another new key Restrictions under Toolbars key. The final key structure would be:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbars\Restrictions

  • 7. In right-side pane, create 2 new DWORDs NoNavBar and NoCommandBar and set their values to 1.

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Close Registry Editor and restart IE. Now IE will always open in full screen mode. But if you want to turn full screen mode off in future, delete all 3 DWORDs created in above steps.

Note: To open a new URL in this secret mode, press Ctrl + O keys together and type desired URL.

Either method above you choose, you can enable Full Restricted Mode in IE web browser successfully. As for more security tips of IE, you can click here to learn how to always start browser in private browsing mode by default.

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