File menu: Disable Open menu option

Prevents users from opening a file or Web page from the File menu in Internet Explorer. If you enable this policy the Open dialog box will not appear when users click the Open command on the File menu. If users click the Open command they will be notified that the command is not available. If you disable this policy or do not configure it users can open a Web page from the browser File menu. Caution: This policy does not prevent users from right-clicking a link on a Web page and then clicking the Open or Open in New Window command. To prevent users from opening Web pages by using the shortcut menu set the “Disable Open in New Window menu option” policy which disables this command on the shortcut menu or the “Turn off Shortcut Menu” policy which disables the entire shortcut menu.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Internet Explorer -> Restrictions # NoFileOpen

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Internet Explorer -> Browser menus


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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