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Only Show Your Choice Of Control Panel Items

A very powerful utility native to the Windows platform, Is named Control Panel, that contains an array of settings to allow users to change the appearance and behavior of the operating system. Anything from uninstalling programs to adjusting colors and themes, can be done with a few clicks of the mouse. This also means that anyone with physical access to your PC, can do the same. In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to show only your choice of Items In Control Panel.

Before I begin, here's what I'm referring to. Upon opening Control Panel, everything listed under Adjust your computer's settings, Is classed as a Control Panel Item.

Obviously, there's a lot more Items, but It's beyond the scope of this article to Illustrate the lot. If you have multiple users on  your PC, and only want Control Panel Items of your choice to be displayed and accessed, then this tutorial Is for you. Basically, you can display any Items you like. The rest will be hidden.

To achieve this, I will be using the good old Group Policy Editor that's native to the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. So without further ado, let's rip Into this tutorial.

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

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

Then on the right pane, double-click Show only specified Control Panel Items as Illustrated below.

Step Three:
Now click the Enabled radio button, and then hit Show.

Step Four:
This Is where you will enter the Control Panel Items that you want to display. Enter one Item per line. For the purpose of this tutorial, I only want the Items of Display, System, Keyboard and Mouse to be shown In Control Panel. Hit OK when finished.

Step Five:
To finalize the process, hit OK as arrowed below.

Step Six:
Let's see how the change has taken effect In Control Panel. Open the Run menu, enter control panel and hit OK.

Last Step:
And here's the result. As you can see, only my (four) selected Control Panel Items are displayed. Every other Item Is hidden and cannot be accessed.

Final Thoughts:
I'd say It's very safe to assume, that you've realized the effectiveness of applying this setting In the Group Policy Editor. It's an excellent method to list only the Control Panel Items that you want displayed and accessed, which (as mentioned) comes to very good use to restrict multiple users on your PC from changing settings.

To reverse the process and have the Items back to their default state, refer to Step Three above, and select the Not Configured radio button. Don't forget to click OK.


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