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gpedit policy missing: Turn off tabbed browsing

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by James P. H. Fuller, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. James P. H. Fuller

    James P. H. Fuller Flightless Bird

    Where I work we just installed a very large client-server package--a RIS,
    which will mean something to you if you happen to work in a hospital's
    radiology department but probably not otherwise. The RIS client-end software
    runs as an IE plugin. The package vendor has some special requirements for
    configuring IE, two of which are that it has to be IE7 and tabbed browsing
    has to be turned off.

    IE7 is what we'be got. Turning off tabbed browsing within IE individually
    for each user on each machine is not much of an option because these are
    shared radiologists' workstations (with big diagnostic-quality monitors.) 15
    stations times 14 radiologist logins each = you get to log in 210 times to do
    this job manually.

    It ought to be simple to do the same thing for all users of a given station
    at once using gpedit. Unfortunately the "Turn off tabbed browsing" setting in
    gpedit is MIA on all these machines for some reason. (All are XP SP3.) Start
    gpedit, go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Internet
    Explorer. "Turn off tabbed browsing" should be there and configurable, along
    with "Turn off pop-up management", "Disable change proxy settings" and the
    others. But it isn't there.

    The "Turn off tabbed browsing" policy is there on an XP SP3 PC I have at
    home (though not configured), and I can see the the actual code for it in
    inetres.adm. So what's the right approach here to get it back on the work pcs?

    1. I know how to load in an .adm file containing a single policy, but I'm
    under time pressure here and I doubt I could write one from scratch without
    study and some examples to look at. Is there a way to make gpedit export just
    this single policy as an .adm file so I can carry the file to work and load
    it in to the machines that don't have it?

    2. If you can't do that, is inetres.adm directly editable? To make the "Turn
    off tabbed browsing" policy available and configurable on the PCs that don't
    have it, would it be enough just to paste...

    POLICY !!NoTabBrowsing
    #if version >= 4
    SUPPORTED !!SUPPORTED_IE7
    #endif

    EXPLAIN !!IE_ExplainNoTabBrowsing
    KEYNAME "Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TabbedBrowsing"
    VALUENAME "Enabled"
    VALUEON NUMERIC 0
    VALUEOFF NUMERIC 1

    END POLICY

    ....into inetres.adm? Is there anything else that would have to be edited?
    Anything special to be careful about concerning permissions, ownership, etc.
    Is inetres.adm one of the files that System File Checker is watching for
    changes it thinks are unauthorized? Any other gotchas?

    3. Is there some different and better way to restore "Turn off tabbed
    browsing" that I don't know about?

    Thanks very much to anyone whose knowledge is deeper than mine here!
     
  2. news.online.no

    news.online.no Flightless Bird

    You say you on a client server system. The correct way to change what you
    are after is in the group policy on the domain controller. I suggest you
    talk to your admin and get them to make a group for your RIS machines and
    apply the required settings through a tailored GP for just that group.

    Hope that helps.
    Dave

    "James P. H. Fuller" <JamesPHFuller@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    message news:02006BD2-B543-401B-B75D-333F41FCD961@microsoft.com...
    > Where I work we just installed a very large client-server package--a RIS,
    > which will mean something to you if you happen to work in a hospital's
    > radiology department but probably not otherwise. The RIS client-end
    > software
    > runs as an IE plugin. The package vendor has some special requirements for
    > configuring IE, two of which are that it has to be IE7 and tabbed browsing
    > has to be turned off.
    >
    > IE7 is what we'be got. Turning off tabbed browsing within IE individually
    > for each user on each machine is not much of an option because these are
    > shared radiologists' workstations (with big diagnostic-quality monitors.)
    > 15
    > stations times 14 radiologist logins each = you get to log in 210 times to
    > do
    > this job manually.
    >
    > It ought to be simple to do the same thing for all users of a given
    > station
    > at once using gpedit. Unfortunately the "Turn off tabbed browsing" setting
    > in
    > gpedit is MIA on all these machines for some reason. (All are XP SP3.)
    > Start
    > gpedit, go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Internet
    > Explorer. "Turn off tabbed browsing" should be there and configurable,
    > along
    > with "Turn off pop-up management", "Disable change proxy settings" and the
    > others. But it isn't there.
    >
    > The "Turn off tabbed browsing" policy is there on an XP SP3 PC I have at
    > home (though not configured), and I can see the the actual code for it in
    > inetres.adm. So what's the right approach here to get it back on the work
    > pcs?
    >
    > 1. I know how to load in an .adm file containing a single policy, but I'm
    > under time pressure here and I doubt I could write one from scratch
    > without
    > study and some examples to look at. Is there a way to make gpedit export
    > just
    > this single policy as an .adm file so I can carry the file to work and
    > load
    > it in to the machines that don't have it?
    >
    > 2. If you can't do that, is inetres.adm directly editable? To make the
    > "Turn
    > off tabbed browsing" policy available and configurable on the PCs that
    > don't
    > have it, would it be enough just to paste...
    >
    > POLICY !!NoTabBrowsing
    > #if version >= 4
    > SUPPORTED !!SUPPORTED_IE7
    > #endif
    >
    > EXPLAIN !!IE_ExplainNoTabBrowsing
    > KEYNAME "Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TabbedBrowsing"
    > VALUENAME "Enabled"
    > VALUEON NUMERIC 0
    > VALUEOFF NUMERIC 1
    >
    > END POLICY
    >
    > ...into inetres.adm? Is there anything else that would have to be edited?
    > Anything special to be careful about concerning permissions, ownership,
    > etc.
    > Is inetres.adm one of the files that System File Checker is watching for
    > changes it thinks are unauthorized? Any other gotchas?
    >
    > 3. Is there some different and better way to restore "Turn off tabbed
    > browsing" that I don't know about?
    >
    > Thanks very much to anyone whose knowledge is deeper than mine here!
    >
    >
     

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