Hide specified Control Panel items

Hides specified Control Panel items.

This setting removes Control Panel items (such as "Mouse", "System" or "Personalization") from the Control Panel window and the Start menu.

To hide a Control Panel item, click Show. In the Show Contents dialog box in the Value column, enter the Control Panel item's canonical name (e.g. "Microsoft.Mouse", "Microsoft.System" or "Microsoft.Personalization").

Note: For Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and earlier versions of Windows, the module name (e.g. "timedate.cpl" or "inetcpl.cpl") should be entered. If a Control Panel item does not have a CPL file, or the CPL file contains multiple applets, then its module name and string resource identification number should be entered (e.g. "@systemcpl.dll,-1" for System or "@themecpl.dll,-1" for Personalization).

A complete list of canonical and module names of Control Panel items can be found in MSDN at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=122973.

This setting affects the Start menu and Control Panel window, as well as other ways to access Control Panel items (such as shortcuts in Help and Support or command lines that use control.exe).

If both the "Hide specified Control Panel items" setting and the "Show only specified Control Panel items" setting are enabled, the "Show only specified Control Panel items" setting is ignored.

Note: The Display Control Panel item cannot be hidden in the Desktop context menu by using this setting. To hide the Display Control Panel item and prevent users from modifying the computer's display settings use the "Disable Display Control Panel" setting instead.

Supported on: At least Windows 2000
Registry PathSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Value NameDisallowCpl
Enabled Value1
Disabled Value0

List of disallowed Control Panel items

Registry PathSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowCpl
Value Name{number}
Value TypeREG_SZ
Default Value


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