The Control Panel is an essential component of Microsoft Windows. It enables users to see and change system settings. For instance, users can change the settings for the mouse, display, keyboard, sound, and network using the Control Panel. It is used for performing administrative as well as management operating system tasks. Also, it offers access to certain software features. If you want to know how to hide or show specific Control Panel items on your Windows 10 device, then check out the instructions given below.
Use the Local Group Policy Editor
Here are the steps you need to follow.
- Launch the Run prompt by tapping the Windows and R keys at once.
- Thereafter, insert “gpedit.msc” in it and select the OK button to invoke the Local Group Policy Editor.
- Go to the following setting inside the Local Group Policy Editor’s User Configuration: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel.
- Reach the “Hide specified Control Panel items“ and twice click on it.
- Select the Enabled option.
- You should click on Show and add the Control Panel items names.
- Later, select the Apply button.
- Click on OK.
- Now, the item’s name added in the settings will be hidden inside the Control Panel.
- Moreover, to reveal any particular item of the Control Panel, reach the same location inside the Local Group Policy Editor.
- Select the “Show only specified Control Panel items“ and twice click on it.
- This will launch on a fresh screen, now select the Enabled option.
- Click on Show and add the item’s name.
- Click on Apply.
- Finally, click on the OK button.
Use the Registry Editor
Follow these steps:
- Open the Run prompt by tapping the Windows and R keys at once.
- After that, input “Regedit” in it and select the OK button to launch the Registry Editor.
- Don’t forget to select the Yes button, when the UAC prompt appears.
- Type the following key into the Registry Editor: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
- Make a fresh value in the Explorer by right-clicking on the right panel, and selecting the New option.
- Then go to the ‘DWORD (32-bit) Value’ and name it as “DisallowCpl. “
- Select the value of “DisallowCpl“ and modify the value data to 1.
- You should add another option beneath the Explorer and name it “DisallowCpl.“
- In this key, you should make String values’ and add the Control Panel item’s name in all the values.
- If you want to show certain Control Panel items, you should add another value beneath the Explorer option first.
- Then add a value by right-clicking on the right panel, and selecting the New option.
- Afterward, reach the ‘DWORD (32-bit) Value’ option and name it “RestrictCpl. “
- Open the value of RestrictCpl and modify the value data to 1.
- Now, add a key beneath the Explorer section and give it the name “RestrictCpl. “
- In the key, you should add several String values.
- Navigate to the String option and give the values the same name as the Control Panel items you want to show.
- Reboot the system after making these changes.