Disable search option using F3 button in Internet Explorer.

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In Internet Explorer, the F3 keystroke adds a Search panel to the left of the screen. This setting can make F3 keystroke ineffective and restrict it from launching the Search panel.
Level: Recommended For Novice Users
Description:
You can control some features and behaviors of internet explorer. If you press f3 key in internet explorer, internet explorer will show a search panel to the left of the screen. You can restrict the f3 button from launching this effect. Important: even if you enable the f3 keystroke to display the search panel in internet explorer, all the open internet explorer windows will not show this panel. For this, go to start > run, enter regedit and navigate to the registry path listed below. You can create a dword value nofindfiles at hkey_current_user and hkey_local_machine registry paths, if this value does not exist. Now, right-click and modify the value to 1 which can restrict the launch of search panel with f3 keystroke. However, if you want to get back to the original state, change the value to 0. Restart internet explorer for the changes to take effect. Note: this feature works on internet explorer version 5 and above. Additionally, in case of windows 98/me, f3 keystroke will launch find files dialog instead of showing the search panel. When editing the registry it is highly recommended to run a quick scan for optimization, you can test your system now for free.




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First, click the 'Start' button, and select 'Run'. In the resulting dialog box, type "regedit".
Go to <b>[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\]</b> key and create a new key with the name "Internet Explorer" under "Microsoft".
Then, create a "Restrictions" key under "Internet Explorer".
Now, right-click in the open area to create a DWORD Value with the name "NoFindFiles" in "Restrictions" key.
The created DWORD value will look like below.
Next, right-click on the "NoFindFiles" DWORD value and click on 'Modify'.
Finally, enter the value "1" in the text-box provided and click on 'OK'. Once you are done, follow the above steps to create similar registry keys and DWORD value at <b>[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\]</b>.


Registry Entries

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  • Path: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\]
  • Location: Current User
  • Value Name: Internet Explorer
  • Data Type: Key
  • Action Type: Add an Entry
  • Path: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\]
  • Location: Current User
  • Value Name: Restrictions
  • Data Type: Key
  • Action Type: Add an Entry
  • Path: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions\]
  • Location: Current User
  • Value Name: NoFindFiles
  • Data Type: DWORD (DWORD Value)
  • Enabled Value: 1
  • Disabled Value: 0
  • Action Type: Add an Entry
  • Path: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\]
  • Location: Local Machine
  • Value Name: Internet Explorer
  • Data Type: Key
  • Action Type: Add an Entry
  • Path: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\]
  • Location: Local Machine
  • Value Name: Restrictions
  • Data Type: Key
  • Action Type: Add an Entry
  • Path: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions\]
  • Location: Local Machine
  • Value Name: NoFindFiles
  • Data Type: DWORD (DWORD Value)
  • Enabled Value: 1
  • Disabled Value: 0
  • Action Type: Add an Entry


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