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Hide Specific Control Panel Items

Those who're familiar with the native Windows Control Panel, will be well aware of just how powerful this utility Is. It contains an array of features and options, that allows you to perform a variety of tasks, settings and configurations. You may however, wish to hide a particular Item or two- namely If there's multiple users utilizing your PC. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to hide just about any Item you like.

Before I begin, here's a snippet of the Control Panel Items that I'm referring to.

As already mentioned, you can hide almost any Item you like. It's beyond the scope of this article to document each and every one, hence I will be demonstrating how to hide the User Accounts Item. For everything else, I have provided a list for you at the end of this guide.

To achieve this, I will be using the good old Group Policy Editor. Do note that the GPE Is only available on the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. On the grounds you have either of these Installed, then this tutorial will serve you well. So let's get this started.

Step One:
To access the Group Policy Editor, open the Run menu, enter gpedit.msc and hit OK.

Step Two:
The Group Policy window will now open. Next, navigate to the following directory:
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel 

Then on the right pane, double-click the following entry:
Hide specified Control Panel Items

Step Three:
To the left of the window, click the Enabled radio button and then click Show as arrowed below.

Step Four:
As said, I will hide the User Accounts Item. For every Control Panel Item, there Is a canonical name associated with It. For Instance, In my case, the canonical name for User Accounts Is Microsoft.UserAccounts, so I must enter this exactly as written. Don't worry, I've provided a complete canonical name list at the end of this article.

After entering the Microsoft.UserAccounts canonical name, hit OK.

Step Five:
Here's what the User Account Item In Control Panel looked like, before the above setting was applied as highlighted In red.

Step Six:
And this Is the result. As you can see, the Change account type option Is no longer there.

Last Step:
I've decided to double-click User Accounts and see what's there. As expected, It's completely hidden. Perfect!

Final Thoughts:
Not only Is the Control Panel a very powerful utility of the operating system, but as you've come to realize, so too Is the Group Policy Editor. The good thing about the GPE, Is that almost every change takes effect Immediately, without the need to reboot your system. Almost very Item can be hidden, so pick and choose according to your preference and computing usability.

As previously mentioned, you can download the Control Panel canonical name list here or from here.


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