Set how links are opened in Internet Explorer

This policy setting allows you to choose how links are opened in Internet Explorer: Let Internet Explorer decide, always in Internet Explorer, or always in Internet Explorer on the desktop.

If you enable this policy setting, Internet Explorer enforces your choice. Users cannot change the setting.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users can choose how links are opened in Internet Explorer.

Supported on: At least Internet Explorer 10.0 on Windows 8
Default browser launch behavior for links


  1. Let Internet Explorer decide
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE or HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
    Value NameAssociationActivationMode
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value0
  2. Always in Internet Explorer
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE or HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
    Value NameAssociationActivationMode
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value1
  3. Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE or HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
    Value NameAssociationActivationMode
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value2


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