Blocking in private browsing

May 26, 2009 at 08:31:25
Specs: Windows XP

I work in a school and we will be using IE8 next year and noticed it has inprivate browsing and we want to disable that feature, is it possible? we have a wide assortment of computers, dell, gateway, HP.

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May 26, 2009 at 10:19:10

It's really very simple. IE8 InPrivate browsing is turned on whenever you press CTRL+SHIFT+P keys, and turned off whever you close the browser.


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May 26, 2009 at 10:22:54

we would like to make it so students cannot turn it on at all.. sorry I should have been more specific.

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May 26, 2009 at 10:33:44

I assume all the students PC are on the school domain. The only way to permanently disable students from turning on InPrivate browsing is through the Group Policy (available only in XP Pro).

Here is how:

Click Start, Run. Type GPEDIT.MSC and hit ENTER
Go to:

User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Internet Explorer / InPrivate

Turn off InPrivate Browsing:

This policy setting allows you to disable the InPrivate Browsing feature.

InPrivate Browsing prevents Internet Explorer from storing data about a user's browsing session. This includes cookies, temporary Internet files, history, and other data.

If you enable this policy setting, InPrivate Browsing will be disabled.

If you disable this policy setting, InPrivate Browsing will be available for use.

If you do not configure this setting, InPrivate Browsing can be turned on or off through the registry.


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May 26, 2009 at 12:15:15

thanks that did it..

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May 26, 2009 at 12:25:43

You're welcome. Thanks for posting back & Glad to help.


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