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Hide specified control panel applets

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel


Hides specified Control Panel items and folders.

This policy removes Control Panel items (such as Display) and folders (such as Fonts) from the Control Panel window and the Start menu. It can remove Control Panel items you have added to your system, as well Control Panel items included in Windows 2000.

To hide a Control Panel item, type the file name of the item, such as Ncpa.cpl (for Network). To hide a folder, type the folder name, such as Fonts.

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This policy affects the Start menu and Control Panel window only. It does not prevent users from running Control Panel items.

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If both the Hide specified control panel applets policy and the Show only specified control panel applets policy are enabled, and the same item appears in both lists, the Show only specified control panel applets policy is ignored.

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To find the file name of a Control Panel item, search for files with the .cpl file name extension in the Systemroot \System32 directory.

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