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Windows 7: Manage Add-ons, Enabled/Disabled Buttons All Greyed out - Here's Fix

16 Apr 2012   #1

Manage Add-ons, Enabled/Disabled Buttons All Greyed out - Here's Fix

In IE8 or IE9> Tools> Manage Add-on> Toolbars and Extensions> if both the Enabled and Disabled Buttons are All Greyed Out making it so that you can't set them within this menu, there is an easy fix to get it back.

This issue came about one day when I went to the Manage Add-On> Toolbars and Extensions> and happened to notice that within the Toolbar and Extensions tab that all of the Add-on listings there had All of their Enabled and/or Disabled buttons were all greyed out, and so after lots of searching to figure it out, I discovered that there is a registry setting called Restrictions that can be set to prevent any mischievous add-ons from being added to IE. The problem with that is it could also stop you from adding in or changing the ones you want. Anyway for whatever reason at some point in time mine was set to 1 which is On instead of 0 which is Off. If that entry is set 1 it will grey out all the Enabled & Disabled buttons there. (There are other things that can cause this too, and changes to Group Policy settings> User Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> Internet Explorer> Security Features> Add-on Management>...a number of settings can be made)
However a quick way to solve All Greyed Out buttons with one click and so I thought I'd share here for those Google users who hit on this, can use this website to get an easy fix for this specific instance, and so...

If it ever happens to you, here's a fix where you can manually navagate to and change in the registry yourself, or you can make a reg to do it automatically, just set the ending dword to either 1 or 0 depending.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions]
..or here it's done already...
Internet Explorer Add-ons - Enable or Disable Add-On Manager


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