How to Lock IE Favorites

by Jim Campbell

System administrators lock Internet Explorer (IE) Favorites so users can only bookmark company websites. Locking IE Favorites provides administrators with security methods that prevent users from using the Web browser for personal Internet surfing. You lock the Favorites option using the group policy editor on a Windows desktop. The editor controls the user's desktop, and the user is not able to override the settings without administrative privileges.


Log in to the Windows desktop using an account name with administrative privileges. Click the Windows "Start" button and type "gpedit.msc" and press "Enter." The policy editor opens.


Click the "Windows Components" icon in the left panel. In the list of options, click "Internet Explorer." Several options display that control the IE functions.


Double-click "Turn Off Favorites Bar." A configuration window opens. Click "Enable" to enable the policy. Click "OK" to save the settings. This setting keeps the current Favorites, but does not allow the user to add more.

About the Author

Jim Campbell has been a computer engineer for over five years. He excels in hardware repair, computer programming and troubleshooting, and software design. He is currently attending Florida Atlantic University, pursuing a master's degree in computer and electrical engineering and fine-tuning his technical writing abilities.