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Show Only Specified Control Panel Items on Windows 8/8.1

"Hi, there. I don't want all Control Panel items to show on my Windows 8 computer for safety reason, so I'd like to know whether you have any idea about how to show only specified items in the Control Panel. Looking forward to receiving your reply soon."

To show only specified Control Panel items, changes to the related setting in Group Policy Editor should be made. And this article will illustrate the concrete method step by step.

Video guide on how to show only specified Control Panel items on Windows 8:

Steps to show only specified Control Panel items on Windows 8/8.1:

Step 1: Access Group Policy Editor.

Double-click the group policy shortcut on the desktop to access it.


1. If you are wondering how to create such a shortcut, you can refer to How to Make A Group Policy Shortcut on Windows 8/8.1 Desktop.

2. Suppose you want to turn on the Group Policy Editor by another method, you can find it in 4 Ways to Open Local Group Policy Editor on Windows 8/8.1.

Step 2: Find related setting and make changes to it.

The associated setting is called Show only specified Control Panel items, and you can locate the setting according to the following path. After finding it, double-tap it to make related changes.

User Configuration/ Administrative Templates/ Control Panel/ Show only specified Control Panel items

Step 3: Enable the setting and add the Control Panel items to be shown.

This step is completed through the two procedures below.

1. As the window of Show only specified Control Panel items turns up, choose Enabled and click Show button.

2. Input the canonical name of Control Panel items you want to show in your PC, and tap OK.

For example, enter Microsoft.System, Microsoft.Personalization, Microsoft.Mouse or Microsoft.Keyboard one by one to make a list of allowed Control Panel items.

Step 4: Confirm the changes to the setting.

Click OK to confirm the changes.

Step 5: Exit the Group Policy Editor.

Tap the top-right close button to exit it.

After finishing the steps above, if you access Control Panel, you can find that only the specified items are shown.

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