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Set MMC console options

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To set MMC console options

  1. Open a saved console in author mode by doing one of the following:

    • Right-click the .msc file and then click Author.

    • Click Start, click Run, type mmc path\filename.msc /a, and then click OK.

  2. On the File menu, click Options.

  3. To change the title for the console, type a new title in the box.

  4. To change the icon for the console, click Change Icon. In File Name, type the path to a file containing icons.

  5. Under Current icon click an icon, and then click OK.

  6. To change the default mode for the console, in Console mode, click the mode that you want the console to open in.

  7. If the default console mode for the console is one of the user modes, do the following:

    • To prevent users from editing the console, select the Do not save changes to this console check box.

    • To enable users to access the Customize View dialog box, select the Allow the user to customize views check box.


  • If you change the title of a console, the title bar does not display the path of items clicked in the console tree. However, if you do not change the title, or if you delete the title, the paths are displayed.

  • Many files contain icons that can be used for custom consoles. For example, you can find more icons in Shell32.dll, located in the %systemroot%\System32 folder.

  • To stop receiving the message Save console settings to console name?, which appears each time you close a console opened in author mode, set the default mode for the console to one of the user modes and then clear the Do not save changes to this console check box. Any changes to the console are saved by default.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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