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Published on 06.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Hide the Manage Item on the Windows Explorer Context Menus

Learn how to remove the Manage item on the Windows Explorer context menus in Windows 7.

Removes the Manage item from the Windows Explorer context menu. This context menu appears when you right-click Windows Explorer or My Computer.

The Manage item opens Computer Management (Compmgmt.msc), a console tool that includes many of the primary Windows 2000 administrative tools, such as Event Viewer, Device Manager, and Disk Management. You must be an administrator to use many of the features of these tools.

This setting does not remove the Computer Management item from the Start menu (Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, Computer Management), nor does it prevent users from using other methods to start Computer Management.

Tip: To hide all context menus, use the “Remove Windows Explorer’s default context menu” setting.

Remove the Manage Item on the Explorer Context Menus

  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 Windows Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Hides the Manage item on the Windows Explorer context menu in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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