CyberSolutions: Hide / Show Specific Control Panel Applets / Icons in Windows

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Hide / Show Specific Control Panel Applets / Icons in Windows

1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. Now go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Control Panel\
2. Under this key create a new key with the name don't load , so the new path will be:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Control Panel\don't load
3. Now in right-side pane, create new String value. Set its name to the file name of the applet which you want to hide, e.g. if you want to hide Display applet then set its name to Desk.cpl now set its value to no to hide it. If you want to show it again, either set its value to yes or simply delete the String value.
To use the above mentioned method, you'll need to know the .CPL file name of the desired applet. You can search for .CPL in Windows Search or you can use help of following list which contains .cpl file names of almost all default Control Panel applets:
CPL File NameApplet Name
Appwiz.cplAdd or Remove Programs
Bthprops.cplBluetooth Devices
Hdwwiz.cplAdd New Hardware
Inetcpl.cplInternet Options
Intl.cplRegional and Language Options
Joy.cplGame Controllers
Keymgr.cplStored User Names and Passwords
Mmsys.cplSound and Audio Devices
Ncpa.cplNetwork Connections
Nusrmgr.cplUser Accounts
Nwc.cplNetware client connectivity
Odbccp32.cplODBC Data Source Administrator
Powercfg.cplPower Options
Telephon.cplPhone and Modem Options
Timedate.cplDate and Time
Wuaucpl.cplAutomatic Updates
Wscui.cplSecurity Center or Action Center

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