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Windows: Hide Internet Explorer 11 address bar & navigation bar

Applies to:

Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012R2, Windows 10

There are two ways this can be accomplished depending on your needs for the controlled environment.

GPO:

I would like to first clarify that there is not a single GPO to just hide TABS in IE11. There is however a way you can enforce IE in Full View Mode which by default will remove the TABS and Address bar via a GPO.

The GPO  you can use to enforce the Full-Screen view is available on both Computer and User configuration policy. Below is the gpo location path in group policy editor console.

  • GPO NAME: Enforce full-screen mode
  • LOCATION: Computer or User configuration – Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer
  • KEY LOCATION: Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbars\Restrictions

SCREENSHOT: GPO CONSOLE

2352.GPO-LOCATION

WINDOWS REGISTRY:

This will cause the IE address bar to not show. I disabled the Navigation bars too so it gives a clean window experience.

SCREENSHOT: REGISTRY LOCATION WITH VALUES

1172.GPO-REGISTRY-LOCATION

Download the Registry file.

The GPO and keys will cause the browser to open in full view with no address bar or tabs

7536.FULL-VIEW-AFTER-GPO

Check Proxy settings from Powershell

To check the proxy settings like ProxyOveride or if it is enabled or not:

To disable proxy from PowerShell:

To enable proxy from PowerShell:

 

IE Enable/Disable Proxy Settings via Registry

Whatever the reason may be to enable or disable proxy, here is a simple registry hack to turn it on or off.

Open powershell in admin mode.

Enable:

Disable:

The above method require an IE restart, alternatively if you don’t want to restart IE. Make similar change under:

To find your SID read here.

Disable Office group creation

Every Exchange user has an OWA mailbox policy that governs what they can and can’t do with their mailbox. Updating this mailbox policy removes the ability for users to create Groups. Because OWA policies are per user, you can limit the ability to create Groups for some users and not others. At this time, the only way to update the mailbox policy is through Windows PowerShell.

These commands disable group creation for OWA and Outlook only. If you want to disable the group creation in your organization, use Azure Active directory settings. Check out Windows PowerShell for more details.

To disable Group creation for all users

  1. Start Windows PowerShell.
  2. At the prompt, type:

To disable a policy for a subset of users

  1. Start Windows PowerShell.
  2. Create a new mailbox policy by typing this command, replacing <policy name> with your policy. (If you already have an OWA mailbox policy, skip to the next step.)

    New-OwaMailboxPolicy –Name “<policy name>”

  3. set the GroupCreationEnabled value to false, replacing <policy name> with the name of your policy.

    Set-OwaMailboxPolicy –Identity “<policy name>” –GroupCreationEnabled $false

  4. Set the policy on the mailboxes of the user who isn’t allowed to create Groups. Replace <user> with the name of the user.

    Set-CASMailbox –Identity <user> -OWAMailboxPolicy “<policy name>”