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Turn on local control and logging for Enterprise Mode

If your employees are running Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 SP1, or Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1, you can turn on local control of Enterprise Mode so that your users can turn Enterprise Mode on from the Tools menu. Turning on this feature also adds the Enterprise Mode profile to the Emulation tab of the F12 developer tools.

Besides turning on this feature, you also have the option to provide a URL for Enterprise Mode logging. If you turn logging on, Internet Explorer initiates a simple POST back to the supplied address, including the URL and a specification that EnterpriseMode was turned on or off through the Tools menu.

To turn on local control of Enterprise Mode using Group Policy

  1. Open your Group Policy editor, like Group Policy Management Console (GPMC).

  2. Go to the Let users turn on and use Enterprise Mode from the Tools menu setting, and then click Enable.

  3. In the Options area, type the location for where you want to receive reports about your employees turning Enterprise Mode on or off.

To turn on local control of Enterprise Mode using the registry

  1. Open a registry editor, like regedit.exe

  2. Go to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\EnterpriseMode registry key and include the Enable value.

    To turn on logging, you must include a valid URL or local network location that points to a server that can be listened to for updates in your registry key. For example:

    • URL location: “Enable”=http://localhost:13000. Tells Internet Explorer to POST back to port 13000 on the local device every time a change is made to Enterprise Mode through the Tools menu.

    • Local network location: “Enable”=http://posturl/. Tells Internet Explorer to POST back to your local network location every time a change is made to Enterprise Mode through the Tools menu.

    • Empty string: Leaving the string empty turns on local control, but not logging.

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