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Use group policies to customize Internet Explorer

Use group policies to configure how Internet Explorer presents itself to different users.

Use group policies to customize IE
Serdar Yegulalp

If you haven't yet had any experience using the group policies feature in Windows 2000, here's a way to get started: use them to configure how Internet Explorer presents itself to different users.

To configure group policies, you need to set up the Group Policy Editor. This is an application that isn't configured when you install Win2k, so you'll have to set it up yourself. Type MMC.EXE at a command line to start an "empty" instance of the Microsoft Management Console, then select Console|Add/Remove Snap-In.

Click the Add button, and then Add Group Policy. You don't need to set any options for it -- just hit Finish when the dialog box for adding group policy pops up. Close the Add Snap-In window, and then click OK. Save the console somewhere where you can get to it again later, such as onto the desktop. You can always move it around again later.

Go into the saved console and open User Configuration, Windows Settings, Internet Explorer Maintenance. Right-click Internet Explorer Maintenance and select Preference Mode. Make all the changes you want. Simply click on one of the icons in the right-hand pane of the display to get a dialog box that will take you through customization.

Serdar Yegulalp is the editor of the Windows 2000 Power Users Newsletter. He is a former Senior Technology Editor of, with over seven years of Windows experience under his belt.

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Admin911(tm) : Windows® 2000 Group Policy
Author : Roger Jennings
Publisher : Osborne
Published : Nov 2000
Summary :
Group Policies affect network security, file permissions, and user interface. This is a new feature of Windows 2000, and is a topic many administrators may find difficult as it is highly complex. A highly practical guide to managing a Windows network - explians how to plan, design, test and troubleshoot Group Policies. Bestselling computer book author - Jennings' book have sold more than 1 million copies.

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