Tip: Understand and Configure Geolocation in Internet Explorer 9

The geolocation feature in Internet Explorer 9 allows Web sites to provide information that is tailored to your geographic location. This capability, which relies on a W3C standard, uses your IP address to determine your location and, thus, serve up location-aware content.

When you visit a site that wants to access and track your location, Internet Explorer 9 will notify you and let you configure how the current site can access this information. The options include:
  • Allow once
  • Always deny (available through the Options button)
  • Always allow and don’t tell me (available through the Options button)


If you do not want to allow sites to access and use your location, you can disable the geolocation feature by doing the following:
  • Open the Tools menu by pressing the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the browser window.
  • Select Internet Options.
  • Open the Privacy tab.
  • Under Location, select the option to Never Allow Websites To Request Your Physical Location.
  • You can select Clear Sites to clear preferences you’ve already set, such as always allowing or always denying location information for certain sites.


You can also use Group Policy to disable geolocation throughout your organization. The new Group Policy option is: Disable Browser Geolocation

Tip by Matt Graven, TechNet Tips Editor.