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Published on 06.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Remove the Folder Options Menu from Windows Explorer

Learn how to remove the Folder Options menu from Windows Explorer in Windows 7.

Removes the Folder Options item from all Windows Explorer menus and removes the Folder Options item from Control Panel. As a result, users cannot use the Folder Options dialog box.

The Folder Options dialog box lets users set many properties of Windows Explorer, such as Active Desktop, Web view, Offline Files, hidden system files, and file types.

Also, see the “Enable Active Desktop” setting in User Configuration\AdministrativeTemplates\Desktop\Active Desktop and the “Prohibit user configuration of Offline Files” setting in User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\Offline Files.

Remove Folder Options Menu from Explorer

  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 Remove the Folder Options menu item from the Tools 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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