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    Default Hide, Show Control Panel Applets using Registry Editor

    This is a relatively easy way to hide the Control Panel Applets (Icons) you never use, making it quicker to locate the ones that you do use.
    Using Regedit.exe navigate to:-
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Policies\Explorer
    and create a new D_Word value called DisallowCpl and give it a value of 1 (1 is "On", 0 is "Off")



    Next make a sub-key to Explorer called DisallowCpl.
    In the right hand window, for every Control Panel Applet you wish to disable you make a new Reg_SZ value with a number as its name. The data to disable the applet has to be its canonical name, a typical example being Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter.



    And that's all there is to it!



    To "see" the hidden applets again just change the value of the registry D_Word entry of HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowCpl to "0".

    A simple .reg file to turn off Disallowcpl would be:
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    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
    "DisallowCpl"=dword:00000000
    And to turn it back on:
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    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
    "DisallowCpl"=dword:00000001
    A full list of the canonical names which also usefully includes the CLSID numbers of the Control Panel Applets can be found here.

    Last edited by Elmer B.; 3rd October 2010 at 04:45. Reason: Small typo bugging me!!

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    Thanks for the tutorial Elmer B. The Technet link is good!

    Add Or Remove Control Panel Applets in Windows and http://forum.thewindowsclub.com/wind...l-applets.html amy also interest some!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyAndyK View Post
    Hope this isn't a "duplicate" Andy. If it is feel free to remove. I did a (very) brief search first!!
    Last edited by Elmer B.; 2nd October 2010 at 17:21. Reason: Speeling Mistooks

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    Thanks for the Share !

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    Ofcourse not; its not a duplicate

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