How to Hide or Only Show Certain Items in Control Panel

This task can be done in two ways. Choose the one you prefer.

Method #1

Open the Registry Editor. I suggest that you backup the Registry before proceeding.

Expand the following keys: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies.

Click the Explorer key. You have to create it if you don’t see it. Here’s how:

Right-click on the Policies key, then select New > Key, enter the name as Explorer, and then press Enter.

To hide certain Control Panel items, follow the steps below:

Right-click the blank space in the right pane and select  New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter the name as DisallowCpl and then press Enter.

Double-click on this and enter 1 in the Value data field. Press the OK button.

Now, right-click on the Explorer key. Select New > Key.

Enter the name as DisallowCpl and then press Enter.

Right-click on the blank space in the right pane. Select New > String Value.

Specify the item in the Control Panel that you want to hide as the name. Please make sure you type in the exact name of the item in the Control Panel.

As an example, I want to hide the Device Manager, so I must specify the name Device Manager.

Double-click the String Value you created above and then provide its name in the Value data field.

Hit the OK button.

In our scenario, I need to enter the Device Manager into the Value data field.

Perform the above four steps for all the Control Panel items you want to hide.

Note: If you want to go back, then delete the key DisallowCpl and DWORD DisallowCpl.

To display only certain items in the Control Panel, proceed:

In the right pane, right-click on the empty space and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter the name as RestrictCpl and then press Enter.

Double-click on this and enter 1 in the Value data field. Press the OK button.

Now, right-click on the Explorer key. Select New > Key.

Enter the name as RestrictCpl and then press Enter.

Right-click on the blank space in the right pane. Select New > String Value.

Specify the item in the Control Panel that you want to display as the name. Remember that you must specify the exact name of the item in the Control Panel.

For example, I want to show the Device Manager, so I need to specify the name Device Manager.

Double-click the String Value you created above and then provide its name in the Value data field and then press the OK button.

In our instance, I need to provide the Device Manager in the Value data field.

Perform the above four steps for all the Control Panel items you want to view.

Note: If you want to go back, then delete the key RestrictCpl and DWORD RestrictCpl.

Method #2

Enter gpedit.msc in the Run Box and then press Enter.

Now navigate to the User Configuration > Administrative Templates. Hit the Control Panel.

To hide certain items in the Control Panel, follow the steps below:

In the right pane, you will find “Hide specified Control Panel items.” Double-click on it.

Select Enabled. Now you can see the Show button. Hit it.

Enter the name of the Control Panel items you want to hide. Remember that you need to specify the exact name of the Control Panel item and an item name for a line.

Click OK. Click OK. That’s it.

To display only certain items in the Control Panel, follow the steps below:

In the right pane, you will find “Show only specified Control Panel items.” Double-click on it.

Select Enabled. Now you can see the Show button. Hit it.

Enter the name of the Control Panel items you want to display. Remember that you need to specify the exact name of the Control Panel item and an item name for a line.

Click OK. Click OK. That’s it.

Note: If you want to go back, follow the steps above, but choose Not Configured or Disabled.

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