I have tablets running Windows 8 RT/Full and when they boot up they go straight into Internet Explorer Kiosk mode (iexplore -k).

This is fine on a normal PC, however on a tablet device users are still able to swipe from the side of the screen to access the start menu.

Is there any way to stop users from using the operating-system swipe gestures during Kiosk mode?


I've spent some serious time locking down Dell Windows 8 Tablets for browser Kiosks and can tell you that the best way I have found to disable the swipe is to replace the explorer shell under

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\Shell

and put in the path to IE, Firefox, or Chrome. This is an old school way to go about it, but it still works and you don't have to throw a bunch of addons at the problem.


If you use Windows Embedded 8 Standard or Windows Embedded 8.1 you will have embedded features available to easily disable swipe gestures.

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