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    IE7 set desktop background

    We want to disable the 'Set as desktop background' menu option for all student user accounts in Internet Explorer 7. This is a right click option. Although we set a desktop wallpaper centrally, students can still access this menu option and abuse it.

    Is there a setting in Group policy under user configuration which will allow this?

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    just disable right click in ie7 thats what i did! BOFH me never

    They call it context menu in the group policy settings not right click like i spent hours looking for

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSapseid View Post
    just disable right click in ie7 thats what i did! BOFH me never

    They call it context menu in the group policy settings not right click like i spent hours looking for
    'Context menu' is an over-used term!!

    Thanks, you're a genius!!!!!

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    Disabling it via Administrative tools > Control Panel > Display > Prevent Changing Wallpaper generally stops most methods of changing the wallpaper including via IE if I remember correctly. I've got the context menu disabled also though so that might be why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamman960 View Post
    Disabling it via Administrative tools > Control Panel > Display > Prevent Changing Wallpaper generally stops most methods of changing the wallpaper including via IE if I remember correctly. I've got the context menu disabled also though so that might be why.
    Hmmm, overlooked that one!

    I've enabled that policy now, but i'll keep the IE7 context menu disabled aswell anyway to be doubly sure.

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    I am sure that wallpapers can still be changed using the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer though

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    ^ only if you havent disabled it in group policy

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    Quote Originally Posted by timbo343 View Post
    ^ only if you havent disabled it in group policy
    It's the Prevent Change wallpaper policy that locks it isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSapseid View Post
    just disable right click in ie7 thats what i did! BOFH me never

    They call it context menu in the group policy settings not right click like i spent hours looking for
    Just a heads up for you guys, disabling the right-click functionality in Internet Explorer also disables the ability to save pictures from the Internet, which prevents them saving pictures for research for example.

    However, the 'prevent change of wallpaper' policy does indeed disable the 'Set Desktop Background' function on the IE context menu anyway. So that's our problem fixed!

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    Just a heads up for you guys, disabling the right-click functionality in Internet Explorer also disables the ability to save pictures from the Internet, which prevents them saving pictures for research for example.
    I was going to mention this also, which is why it's not a good idea. Copying images for PowerPoint projects for example is quite a common task/skill required from pupils.

    There are two things I can recommend. Firstly use BGInfo to control your wallpaper for users and secondly, use mandatory profiles with pupils. Their efforts of resetting the wallpaper will soon get boring as changes are lost when they log off

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhoward_westexetc View Post
    Just a heads up for you guys, disabling the right-click functionality in Internet Explorer also disables the ability to save pictures from the Internet, which prevents them saving pictures for research for example.

    However, the 'prevent change of wallpaper' policy does indeed disable the 'Set Desktop Background' function on the IE context menu anyway. So that's our problem fixed!
    we got round that by showing them how to drag and drop images from IE7 straight into Word

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    I was going to mention this also, which is why it's not a good idea. Copying images for PowerPoint projects for example is quite a common task/skill required from pupils.

    There are two things I can recommend. Firstly use BGInfo to control your wallpaper for users and secondly, use mandatory profiles with pupils. Their efforts of resetting the wallpaper will soon get boring as changes are lost when they log off
    We set a desktop wallpaper centrally in group policy anyway, which is always there when they are in session. Their efforts in resetting the wallpaper are only visible when you do 'lock computer'. Hopefully our policy change 'Prevent wallpaper change' will end all this! I'll look into BGinfo anyway, is it a freebe?

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    I'll look into BGinfo anyway, is it a freebe?
    Yes it is, grab it here

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