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Hide items from Control Panel using Local Group Policy Editor

In some cases, you may want to permanently or temporarily hide an icon in the Control Panel. This can be accomplished through Local Group Policy Editor which is found only on Windows 7 editions – Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise and Windows 8 Pro Edition. Windows 7 Professional was used for this tutorial.

 

Hide particular items in Control Panel

Navigate to Start and type gpedit.msc in the search bar. Press Enter.

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Local Group Policy Editor opens. Navigate to User configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel. In the right window pane, double click on Hide Specified Control Panel Items.

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The Hide Specified Control Panel Items dialog box opens. Select the Enabled radio button. Under the Options section, The List of disallowed Control Panel items Show button is no longer grayed out. Click on the Show button.

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The Show Contents dialog box opens. Enter in the items that you do not want displayed in the Control Panel (example shown below).

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Click OK twice to apply the settings and close out of Group Policy Editor. The next time you open Control Panel, you will find that the items you put in the ‘Disallowed Control Panel Items’ list are now hidden.

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Unhide particular items in Control Panel

If you want to unhide an item, simply navigate back to the Show Contents dialog box (as explained before) and remove the relevant listed item.

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The icon is then restored in Control Panel.

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Hide all items or allow only particular items in Control Panel

Navigate to Start and type gpedit.msc in the search bar. Press EnterLocal Group Policy Editor opens. Navigate to User configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel. In the right window pane, double click on Show only specified Control Panel items.

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The Show only specified Control Panel items dialog box opens. Select the Enabled radio button. Under the Options section, The List of allowedControl Panel items Show button is no longer grayed out. Click on the Show button.

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Enter in the items you only want shown in the Control Panel.

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Click OK twice to apply the settings and close out of Group Policy Editor. Only the items you entered in the policy will show up in Control Panel.

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If you prefer, you can omit all items in Control Panel by typing null in the value field.

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When you next open the Control Panel, it will just appear as a blank window.

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