Prevent configuration of search on Address bar

This policy setting specifies whether the user can conduct a search on the Address bar. If you enable this policy setting you must specify which of the following actions applies to searches on the Address bar. The user cannot change the specified action. • Do not search from the Address bar: The user cannot use the Address bar for searches. The user can still perform searches on the Search bar by clicking the Search button. • Display the results in the main window: When the user searches on the Address bar the list of search results is displayed in the main window. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting the user can specify what action applies to searches on the Address bar.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Internet Explorer -> Main # AutoSearch

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Internet Explorer -> Internet Settings -> Advanced settings -> Searching


* 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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