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Published on 06.17.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Windows Presentation Settings

Learn how to turn off Windows Presentation settings in Windows 7.

If you enable this policy setting, Windows presentation settings cannot be invoked.

If you disable this policy setting, Windows presentation settings can be invoked. The presentation settings icon will be displayed in the notification area. This will give users a quick and easy way to configure their system settings before a presentation to block system notifications and screen blanking, adjust speaker volume, and apply a custom background image.

Note: Users will be able to customize their system settings for presentations in Windows Mobility Center.

If you do not configure this policy setting, Windows presentation settings can be invoked.

Disable Windows Presentation Settings

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Presentation Settings in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Turn off Windows presentation settings in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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  1. KRAB says:

    How do you do this if you’re running Home edition and/or don’t have gpedit.msc ?

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