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Published on 06.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Remove the Security Tab from Windows Explorer

Learn how to remove the Security tab from file system object Properties boxes in Windows 7.

If you enable this setting, users opening the Properties dialog box for all file system objects, including folders, files, shortcuts, and drives, will not be able to access the Security tab. As a result, users will be able to neither change the security settings nor view a list of all users that have access to the resource in question.

Remove the Security Tab from Windows 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 Security tab 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. Russell Smith says:

    How do you undo this? I’ve got a laptop with Windows 7 and I don’t have a security tab. I got it used so I don’t know if this is something standard on Windows 7 or if its something the previous owner did… I need access to that tab.

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