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Published on 05.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Hide User Locale Selection and Customization Options

Learn how to hide user locale selection and customization options in Windows 7.

This policy removes the regional formats interface from the Regional and Language Options control panel. This does not, however, prevent the user or an application from changing their user locale or user overrides programmatically.

The policy is only used to simplify the Regional Options control panel.

If the policy is Enabled, then the user will not see the regional formats options.

If the policy is Disabled or Not Configured, then the user will see the regional formats options for changing and customizing the user locale.

Hide User Locale Selection and Customization Options

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


  3. Double-click Hide user locale selection and customization options in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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