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Published on 05.13.09 by Brent Trahan

Hide Specified Control Panel Items

Learn how to remove specific items like “Display” or “Programs and Features” from the Control Panel and Start menu in Windows 7.

  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, and then select Control Panel in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Hide specified Control Panel items in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.


  4. Select Enable and then click the Show button in the Options section.


  5. In this guide I’m going to hide the mouse Control Panel item. Type the Control Panel’s Mouse canonical name (Microsoft.Mouse) and then click OK to save the changes.


    Note: A full list of the Control Panel items canonical names is provided below.

See… no Mouse Control Panel item.


Control Panel Item Canonical Names

  • Microsoft.AddHardware
  • Microsoft.AdministrativeTools
  • Microsoft.AudioDevicesAndSoundThemes
  • Microsoft.AutoPlay
  • Microsoft.BackupAndRestoreCenter
  • Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption
  • Microsoft.Bluetooth
  • Microsoft.CardSpace
  • Microsoft.ColorManagement
  • Microsoft.DateAndTime
  • Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
  • Microsoft.DeviceManager
  • Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter
  • Microsoft.FolderOptions
  • Microsoft.Fonts
  • Microsoft.GameControllers
  • Microsoft.GetPrograms
  • Microsoft.GetProgramsOnline
  • Microsoft.IndexingOptions
  • Microsoft.Infrared
  • Microsoft.InternetOptions
  • Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator
  • Microsoft.Keyboard
  • Microsoft.MobilityCenter
  • Microsoft.Mouse
  • Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter
  • Microsoft.OfflineFiles
  • Microsoft.ParentalControls
  • Microsoft.PenAndInputDevices
  • Microsoft.PeopleNearMe
  • Microsoft.PerformaceInformationAndTools
  • Microsoft.Personalization
  • Microsoft.PhoneAndModemOptions
  • Microsoft.PowerOptions
  • Microsoft.Printers
  • Microsoft.ProblemReportsAndSolutions
  • Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures
  • Microsoft.RegionalAndLanguageOptions
  • Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras
  • Microsoft.SecurityCenter
  • Microsoft.SpeechRecognitionOptions
  • Microsoft.SyncCenter
  • Microsoft.System
  • Microsoft.TabletPCSettings
  • Microsoft.TaskbarAndStartMenu
  • Microsoft.TextToSpeech
  • Microsoft.UserAccounts
  • Microsoft.WelcomeCenter
  • Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade
  • Microsoft.WindowsDefender
  • Microsoft.WindowsFirewall
  • Microsoft.WindowsSideShow
  • Microsoft.WindowsSidebarProperties
  • Microsoft.WindowsUpdate

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