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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

Windows: Remove hidden NIC

Applies to Windows 2003

I was getting this error after have made some change with my virtual NIC adapters. The error I was facing was this one, when I was making changes to the only NIC there was installed:

The IP address XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX you have entered for this network adapter is already assigned to another adapter Name of adapter. Name of adapter is hidden from the network and Dial-up Connections folder because it is not physically in the computer or is a legacy adapter that is not working. If the same address is assigned to both adapters and they become active, only one of them will use this address. This may result in incorrect system configuration. Do you want to enter a different IP address for this adapter in the list of IP addresses in the advanced dialog box?

The problem was that I had an old “ghost” NIC with some settings applied to it. The NIC was no longer installed so I was not able to remove or change the settings the normal way. First I tried to find the information in the registry, but there were a lot of entries and it didn’t seem to work. Then I did what I always do in those situations.


1. Open a command prompt and enter the commands above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. From the view menu select: Show hidden devices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Select the NIC that are removed from the system and right click and chose “Uninstall”
The NIC that are grayed out are no longer in the system

After following the above steps I was able to change the IP settings on my NIC without any warning.