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    Security Zones (IE 7)

    I have Firefox set as my default browser but I need to launch some locally stored pages using IE7. I do this using a shortcut with the following as the target:

    "C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe" "E:Photo TutorialsDigital Photo 2008 02 CDsystemhtmlhome.htm"

    This works well but I get an annoying security warning from IE about restricting the running of scripts and ActiveX controls blah blah blah. I want to place these pages in the Local Intranet security zone but all attempts to add this "url" to this security zone results in the attached error message. I've tried various combinations for encoding the "url" but no joy.

    Can I in fact do this, and how do I go about doing it?

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    Re: Security Zones (IE 7)

    What happens if you remove the "C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe" from the target ??
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    Re: Security Zones (IE 7)

    Sorry, Doc. Failed to mention that I never entered that part of the shortcut.

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    Re: Security Zones (IE 7)

    Paul,

    "... to launch some locally stored pages using IE7."

    A quick reply, haven't thought much about it. Are they on an "intranet"? Or is E only another drive/partition on your PC?

    You know that there is a fifth hidden security zone, "My Computer zone", which contains the files on the local computer?

    From MSFT TechCenter and the IEAK
    "You can configure the My Computer zone only from the registry. These settings are not available in the browser interface. Unless your organization has a specific requirement, you should use the default settings for this zone."

    Anyhow, as I understand it you have some local pages you want to view with IE7, but you get some warnings about perhaps active scripts etc. (I'm using IE very little/never nowadays, so I'm a bit rusty <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>). I know all these small notifications, warnings can be a bit annoying, especially since there is such a large number settings and combinations.

    Perhaps you can tell what type of warnings you get. I don't know if the solution is to edit the "local zone", but that is something one should be very careful with.

    Here is some info:
    Internet Explorer security zones registry entries for advanced users
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/182569
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    Wait a minute, ehm, we have the advanced settings in IE also. There is a bunch, isn't it?

    How about: Tools | Internet Options... | Advanced tab | Under "Security" | Put check in the box "Allow Active content to
    run in files on My computer".

    Does that work? It does lower the security in the local zone, however.

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    Re: Security Zones (IE 7)

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    How about: Tools | Internet Options... | Advanced tab | Under "Security" | Put check in the box "Allow Active content to
    run in files on My computer".<hr>

    Thank you, Argus. I tried this and it solved my "problem". Beats having to edit the registry.

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    Re: Security Zones (IE 7)

    Hello Paul,
    Good to hear it worked.

    Up until XP SP2 everything on the local PC were considered as trusted, and of course it became exploited in one way or the other as we know, then came the "locked down" local zone, and we got some more settings in Internet Options. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    It does lower the security in the local zone and one should be aware of it. I have heard about a way to force local files to open as if in the Internet zone. Thus no edit of the registry <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> (I agree with you, if one can avoid it), and no change in the local zone (Advanced settings), but an edit of the local file. I.e. it is something for web developers etc.

    One can use the "Mark of the Web" in the file, and IE will use the Internet zone settings. Perhaps could be useful.

    A little search gives these:
    Microsoft Discussion Groups: microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general How to add trusted site?

    MSDN Library | Web Development | ... | Mark of the Web

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    Re: Security Zones (IE 7)

    Hi Argus,

    Your first link exactly describes the situation I was trying to solve. I like the solution you provided better, however. I had never heard of MOTW before and I think it would be rather impractical in this case.

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