GP Preferences not working for you? Probably F5-F6-F7-F8
I noticed that some of my policy’s where not applying via the Internet Explorer GPO Preferences,
And after much digging around on the internet I found out why.
If you notice below each setting has a red dotted line and a green line, the ones with the green lines are enabled and the ones with the red dotted lines are not enabled or ignored.
└ Control Panel Settings
└ Internet Settings
To simply enable and disable, click on the section you are about to change and press F6, this will configure/enable just this setting-The red dotted line should turn green.
The other options are as follows;
F5 Configure all of these settings
F6 Configure just this setting
F7 Ignore just this setting
F8 Ignore all these settings
The same goes for settings and advanced settings – Green to apply the setting, Red to ignore the Setting
The same goes for your LAN settings, un-tick automatically detect settings and enable with F6 this will make sure the policy is applied, if you disable/ignore (F7) the setting the policy with not check with the local machine policy’s.
Enter the URL of the Home page you wish to set, and select start with home page. Notice the red dots underlining the home page entry.
You must press F5 (or F6), to confirm the entry. If you do not the setting will not be applied. Once you have done so, the entry turns green.
F5 – Enable all settings on the current tab.
F6 – Enable the currently selected setting.
F7 – Disable the currently selected setting.
F8 – Disable all settings on the current tab.
Setting a Proxy with Group Policy Preferences
Create or modify an existing Internet Settings policy as explained above, this time head over the connection tab -> Lan Settings.
Specify the proxy, again note the red dots showing that the setting have not been confirmed. Press F5 to confirm.