IE7 does have a “Kiosk Mode” which launches the browser with no tool bars, no address bar, nothing! just the browsing window. I’ve also written a How-To for Firefox Kiosk Mode.
You can launch IE7 into Kiosk mode by adding a switch to a command line command!
- Click Windows Key+R
- Click OK
To exit, simply hit Alt+F4!
The problem with this method is that people can figure out that hitting Alt+F4 will close the window, and then they double-click IE from the desktop. We can’t simply removed the IE icon because a blank desktop with no way to get back online is unacceptable! We need their website/webapp running! Here’s a way around this issue:
We can create a shortcut to IE and pass the switch directly!
- Create a shortcut to IE7 on the desktop and remove the direct link:
- Right-click and select “Properties“
- In the “Target” field, add the ” -k” operator the the command – remember to add a space before the dash:
- Hit OK!
- Don’t forget to remove all shortcuts to IE in the Start menu and the Quick Launch bar!
- Now, users can still open My Computer/My Documents and use the address bar there. As I mentioned, there are many different apps that can really lock the machines down, we use Fortres at work.
- Users can open a new window, using Ctrl+N. This opens a standard IE window, tool bars and all.
- You need to adjust the popup setting in IE to “Always open popups in a new tab”.
Unfortunately this is the best, free method as of this writing – at least until someone creates an addon for IE.