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?
- Open Registry using Run window or command prompt
- 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.
- 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