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How to Enable Manage Add-on grayed out button in IE

The question was posted on Tech’s forum by a user,

When I go to IE Internet options, I see Manage add-on grayed out. At the bottom of the tab; I can see a message in yellow, “Some settings are managed by your system administrator” although I am the admin user.”

This problem has become common now, since we have been getting many queries on the same. Possible reason behind the issue might be due to some software installation that is adversely affecting or changing IE restriction settings. It might be also possible that you are running IE in No Add-on mode.

IE Manage Add-on grayed out

Below are two solutions which you can check and troubleshoot your problem.

Solution 1:

If you are ruining IE in No Addon mode, i.e. –extoff, then you might see the Manage Add-on grayed out since Add-on are disabled. If you are running IE using the desktop shortcut, then check whether you are running in –extoff mode. Right-click on IE icon and select Properties, and check if the target destination end with –extoff. In case if it does end with –extoff, then remove the –extoff part.

You can also check opening IE directly instead of opening through desktop shortcuts. The IE installation files are generally saved in Program files of Windows directory.

    1. Open Run Dialog Box, press Windows Key + R.
    2. Copy and paste the below path and press Enter

%programfiles%\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE

Check whether Manage Add-on is enabled, if still Manage Add-on grayed out, then its probably the issue with restriction setting, which might have gotten changed. Follow the below solution to change IE Restriction settings.

Solution 2:

There is a restriction setting option in windows where it can Enable/Disable users from accessing Manage Add-on button. If this restriction is enabled, Manage Add-on will be grayed out and user won’t be able to manage add-on in IE. To change the setting, we would use Group Policy Editor to Disable the restriction.

  1. Open Run Dialog Box, press Windows Key + R and type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
  2. In Group Policy Editor, navigate to User Configuration –> Administrative Template –> Windows Components –> Internet Explorer, on the right pane you should see a setting called “Do not allow users to enable or disable add-ons

Do not allow users to enable or disable add-ons

3. Double-click on setting and set it as “Disabled ”, click on Apply and OK to save the settings.

Disable Manage Add-on Restriction

The Manage Add-on should be enabled now under IE Internet Option.

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