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Internet Explorer 9 - how to disable gear-wheel icon in IE, or view downloads button?

Posted on 2012-03-28
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Is there a group policy  or reg hack that can be used to disable using the gear-wheel (tools-ALT+X) in IE 9?

I have setup server 2008 R2 with terminal services and it is completely locked down without any tool bars or internet options in IE - it is locked down to only use IE and nothing else: no drives, any other application, no installing or downloading etc.  

However, they can still click on "Gear Icon" > View Downloads (CTRL+J) > Options at the bottom > Browse and get explorer to show up that way.  They dont have access to the drives but still would like to disable this option, or disable View Downloads in IE.

I have also disabled the Windows key button, the ability to press shift+f10, F1 or accessing any help features, no run command or ability to search in search bar after pressing start and they cannot type in c: into address bar in IE.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

JayMac
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by:Michel Plungjan
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Does IE still have kiosk mode?

explorer.exe -k index.html
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by:grassroot
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Hey mplungjan,

I am not even sure what or ever heard of Kiosk mode.  So, I am guessing no.  Can you please elaborate?

Thanks,

Jay
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by:Michel Plungjan
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I misspelled the name

If I go to
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer>

and type

iexplore.exe -k http://google.com/

I get a chromeless window full screen and all I can do is alt-F4 to close it.
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by:grassroot
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There is also a GPO that does as well - to put it in theater mode or something.  This is a good idea, however, they still need to be able to use the address bar.
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Here is the GPO setting:
User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Internet Explorer > Enforce Full Screen Mode

or something like that.  I found the setting once but turned if off, or it may have been a setting about Kiosk like you said.
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