How to hide TABS in IE11 and load in KIOSK Mode with or without Address Bar?

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



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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbars\Restrictions]


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Comments (7)

  1. Pierpaolo says:


    thank you for this tutorial. A question about remove nav bar. When we modify registry to remove it from IE, it will  also removed on File Explorer?

  2. AxelRMSFT says:


    From my test, no. For Windows 8.1 and Win7 I did not see this key affect the Shell Address bar.

  3. Tom Bugbee says:

    Do you still use REG_DWORD with 64 bit version of Windows 7?

    1. Marc says:

      Yes, I am running Win7-64 in a kiosk mode and did the above steps.

  4. Anders Fredriksson says:

    Is it possible to only show the navigationarrows back/forward but not the addressfield?

    1. ElShehri says:

      Also, tab panes get removed. I’m wondering if there is a way to not remove tabs

    2. AxelRMSFT says:

      No. You may want to consider writing a custom web browser where you can just have the address bar and options.

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