In this quick post, we will cover the options we have to manage the IE TABs on a controlled environment.
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
SCREENSHOT: REGISTRY LOCATION WITH VALUES
The gpo and keys will cause the browser to open in full view with no address bar or tabs
If you want to use a different alternative to force a Full View with Address bar, you will need to consider using Group Policy Preference / Registry gpo and push the following registry keys:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
SCREENSHOT USING THE KEYS ABOVE:
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