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How to Enable Content Advisor in Internet Explorer 10/11

Content Advisor is a tool built in Internet Explorer for controlling what contents can and cannot be accessed in your IE browser. When you are about to enable Content Advisor in Internet Explorer 10/11 but find it missing on the Content tab of Internet Options dialog box, what can you do? The fact is that from Internet Explorer 10 Microsoft hide Content Advisor by default as they think it isn’t used very often. Hence, in order to enable Content Advisor in Internet Explorer 10/11 you can firstly make it show in Internet Options.

How to enable Content Advisor in Internet Explorer 10/11

Step 1: Press Win + R keyboard shortcuts to bring up Run dialog box. Type gpedit.msc and hit Enter key. This will open Local Group Policy Editor for you.

Run gpedit.msc

Step 2: In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer > Internet Control Panel > Content Page. Click on the Content Page folder. Then on the right-side pane double click on Show Content Advisor on Internet Options.

Show Content Advisor on Internet Options

Step 3: Check Enabled and click Apply. This will enable Content Advisor to show on the Content tab of the Internet Options dialog box. "Not Configured" or "Disabled" means hiding Content Advisor.

Click Enabled and Apply

Step 4: Now start your Internet Explorer 10/11. Then click the tiny Settings icon in the upper right corner and in the sub menu click Internet Options.

Click Internet Options

Step 5: In the Internet Options dialog box, select Content tab. Then under Content Advisor you can see the Enable button. Click Enable and confirm the User Account Control dialog if prompted.

Click Enable under Content Advisor

Step 6: Create a Supervisor password or use your existed password to enable Content Advisor. Then password is required each time you access a webpage in Internet Explorer 10/11. Next, you can further control what contents can and cannot be accessed by setting Ratings.

Step 7: Click the Settings under Content Advisor and confirm the User Account Control dialog. Type your Supervisor password and click OK.

Change Content Advisor settings

Step 8: Content Advisor dialog box opens. Select Ratings tab. Select a category from the list and click Apply to control what types of contents can and cannot be viewed in the Internet Explorer.

Set Ratings

Step 9: Select General tab. Keep the Supervisor can type a password to allow users to view restricted content checked so that users have to type password before accessing the rated websites. You can check Users can see websites that have no rating and click Apply so that users can access all unrated websites without password required.

control what users can and cannot access

Tips: You have to enable Content Advisor first if it's your first time to password protect your Internet Explorer.