Group Policy and Internet Explorer 11 (IE11)


The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022. For a list of what’s in scope, see the FAQ. The same IE11 apps and sites you use today can open in Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode. Learn more here.

Applies to:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Use the topics in this section to learn about Group Policy and how to use it to manage Internet Explorer.

In this section

Topic Description
New group policy settings for Internet Explorer 11 Info about many of the new group policy settings added for Internet Explorer 11.
Group Policy management tools Guidance about how to use Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) to manage your Group Policy settings.
ActiveX installation using group policy Info about using the ActiveX Installer Service (AXIS) and Group Policy to manage your ActiveX control deployment.
Group Policy and compatibility with Internet Explorer 11 Our Group Policy recommendations for security, performance, and compatibility with previous versions of IE, regardless of which Zone the website is in.
Group policy preferences and Internet Explorer 11 Info about Group Policy preferences, as compared to Group Policy settings.
Administrative templates and Internet Explorer 11 Info about Administrative Templates, including where to store them and the related Group Policy settings.
Enable and disable add-ons using administrative templates and group policy Guidance about how to use your local Group Policy editor or the CLSID and Administrative Templates to manage your Group Policy objects.