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Internet Options - Add or Remove Connections Tab

How to Add or Remove the Connections Tab in Internet Options
Published by Brink
15 May 2010
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How to Add or Remove the Connections Tab in Internet Options



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This will show you how to add or remove the Connections tab in the Internet Options properties window of Internet Explorer for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
  • If opened from within Internet Explorer, it is called Internet Options.
  • If opened from the Control Panel, it is called Internet Properties.

EXAMPLE: Connections Tab in Internet Options
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OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download
1. To Add Connections Tab to Internet Options
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Add_Connections_Tab_Internet_Options.reg
download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Remove Connections Tab from Internet Options
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Remove_Connections_Tab_Internet_Options.reg
download
3. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

4. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

5. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






OPTION TWO
Through the Local Group Policy Editor
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.
2. In the left pane, click on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Internet Explorer, and Internet Control Panel. (see screenshot below)
Internet Options - Add or Remove Connections Tab-gpedit-1_connections.jpg
3. In the right pane, right click on Disable the Connections page and click on Edit. (see screenshot above)

4. To Add Connections Tab to Internet Options
A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled. (see screenshot below step 6)
B) Go to step 6.
5. To Remove Connections Tab from Internet Options
A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below step 6)
6. Click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.

8. Close and reopen Internet Options if already opened.
That's it,
Shawn



26 Jul 2010   #1
kenzo

windows7
 
 
Thanks

Great tutorial, but I'm only able to merge the .reg file under administrative login (accounts). I'd like to restrict the tab under a standard user account and when I go to merge I'm told I don't have sufficient privileges to make the merge. If I manually attempt to regedit, I'm told the same. If I switch the standard account to administrative, I can then merge the .reg file, but the minute I switch the account back to standard, the tab reappears. Any advice here? Thanks again. edit: the second method using the local group policy editor did not work either, set to enabled, filter on.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jul 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ken, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I have updated the REG downloads for this. Please try the new ones. They should work for all accounts now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jul 2010   #3
kenzo

windows7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Kenzo, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I have updated the REG downloads for this. Please try the new ones. They should work for all accounts now.
Thank you, Brink! You are an absolute gentleman .

Made my day as resolves a reoccuring security issue a friend is having with her staff and work PC.

For those interested, the entry now includes:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel]
"ConnectionsTab"=dword:00000001.

Many thanks,
Ken
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26 Jul 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Ken. I'm happy to hear that I was able to help.
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29 Nov 2012   #5
angelarobledo

Windows 7
 
 
Thank you!

Thank you so much for this easy steps. It worked fine for me!!
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29 Nov 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Angela, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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11 Feb 2014   #7
trojanvirusx

windows 7 professional 32bit and 64 bit
 
 

I joined to this site just to say thank you for the .reg file! You're a lifesaver for solving a problem we had with windows 7 starter edition.
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