System administrators can use Group Policy rules of Windows to control the working environment of user and computer accounts. The Group Policy is often associated solely with enterprise, school, business and other organizations, when in fact it can be useful in smaller computer networks and even home environments.
Many rules in the Group Policy center around restricting features of the operating system, or programs running on it. There are for instance more than 1000 rules available to regulate Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
While those rules are all displayed with an extensive description in the Group Policy editor, system administrators might want to have a reference at hand that lists all available options.
Microsoft for this purpose has released the Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows Internet Explorer 8 which lists all available rules for Internet Explorer 8 in an Excel document.
This spreadsheet lists the policy settings for computer and user configurations included in the administrative template files (admx/adml) delivered with Windows Internet Explorer 8. These files are used to expose policy settings when you edit Group Policy objects (GPOs) using Group Policy Object Editor (GPEdit).
You can use the filtering capabilities included in this spreadsheet to view a specific subset of data based on one value or a combination of values that are available in one or more of the columns. In addition, you can click Custom in the drop-down list of any of the column headings to add additional filtering criteria within that column.
To view a specific subset of data, click the drop-down arrow in the column heading of cells that contain the value or combination of values on which you want to filter, and then click the desired value in the drop-down list. For example, to view a subset of policy settings that are available for Windows Internet Explorer 7 in the "Internet Explorer" worksheet, click the drop-down arrow next to Requirements, and then click At least Internet Explorer 7.0.
The Excel document lists all Group Policy settings related to Internet Explorer. Each setting is listed with its name, policy path, Registry information, requirements and explanation. Excel's search capabilities can be used to find specific settings, a feature that the Group Policy Editor does not offer.
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