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Hide rarely used Applets in Control Panel using Registry: Windows 8

Hide Apps using registry

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Control Panel is the centralized location where you can access all the tools needed for administration. The multilayered organization of these applets sometimes requires you to click too many times to reach the applet you need. Most of these applets stay cluttered inside Control Panel and are used rarely or never.A solution to this is to hide the rarely used applets from Control Panel so it looks less crowded and easy to navigate. Note that by hiding the applets, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to use it again. The applets are simply hidden when you browse control panel. Whenever you need it, search for the applets inside the control panel or use the corresponding command to open it using command prompt.

 How to hide unused applets using registry?

  1. Open Registry using Run window or command prompt
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\ Control Panel\don’t load.
    The “don’t load” key, as the name suggests list the applets that are not loaded.
  3. Create a new string value with the filename of the corresponding applet you want to hide. This will simply hide the applet. You need to create separate string value for every applet that you wish to hide.Name of some of the applets and file names are given below

Accessibility Options                          access.cpl
Add Hardware Wizard                        hdwwiz.cpl
Add or Remove Programs                appwiz.cpl
Display Properties                               desk.cpl
Game Controllers                                  joy.cpl
Internet Properties                              inetcpl.cpl
Mouse Properties                                 main.cpl
Network Connections                         ncpa.cpl
ODBC Data Source Administrator  odbccp32.cpl
Phone and Modem Options              telephon.cpl
Power Options Properties                 powercfg.cpl
Region and Language Options           intl.cpl
Sound and Audio Devices                  mmsys.cpl
Speech Properties                                sapi.cpl
System Properties                                sysdm.cpl
Time and Date Properties                 timedate.cpl
User Accounts                                       nusrmgr.cpl


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