Friday, July 19, 2013

How to Disable Website Pinning in Windows 8


One of the new features in Windows 7 was the ability to “Pin” websites to the desktop. Microsoft carried this feature over to Windows 8, but it’s still contrary to how some people work. Fortunately, website “pinning” it’s easy to disable. Let’s take a look.

This guide doesn't work in Windows 8 Home Edition do to the lack of gpedit. See How to Disable Website Pinning in Windows 8 Home Edition for a registry hack that disables website pinning.

Move your mouse to the lower left corner of the screen, right click, and select Run

Type gpedit.msc and click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor


Under User Configuration, expand Administrative TemplatesWindows Components, and Internet Explorer


Scroll to the bottom of the Local Group Policy Editor and double click on Turn off ability to pin sites in Internet Explorer on the desktop


In the Turn off ability to pin sites in Internet Explorer on the desktop window click the Enabled radio button and click OK


Close the Local Group Policy Editor and now when you drag websites from the address bar in Internet Explorer to the desktop or a folder you’ll have good old Internet shortcuts.

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