Hiding pages in Settings with Windows 10 1703

Hiding pages in Settings with Windows 10 1703. There is a new policy available in Windows 10 1703 that now enables this.  It’s available in Group Policy at Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel with the name Settings Page Visibility:

At a high level, all you need to do is specify a list of pages to show or hide.  To do this, you can specify string like this:



So you specify a prefix of either showonly: or hide:, and then the short URIs (without the ms-settings: prefix) of the pages you want to show or hide; multiple pages are separated by semicolons.

Let’s look at each one of those to see exactly what it looks like, first starting with the “extreme” of showing only the two pages specified.  First, we need to set the policy:

To make sure the policy is applied and respected, close the Settings app (if it’s opened) and then update the policy on the local computer with the command gpupdate /target:computer.  If everything was done properly, this is what you should see as the result, showing just the categories containing the pages specified:

And if you click on either of those, you’ll see just the pages enabled:

If you flip that policy around to just hide those pages:

And again do the gpupdate /target:computer (elevated), you should then see this:

Much more subtle – you have to drill into the categories to see that the pages are indeed hidden.  See under Devices that there is no Bluetooth page:

And that under Update & Security there is no Windows Update page:

imageRremove the ms-settings: prefix to specify them in the policy:

  • ms-settings:about
  • ms-settings:activation
  • ms-settings:appsfeatures
  • ms-settings:appsforwebsites
  • ms-settings:backup
  • ms-settings:batterysaver
  • ms-settings:bluetooth
  • ms-settings:colors
  • ms-settings:cortana
  • ms-settings:datausage
  • ms-settings:dateandtime
  • ms-settings:defaultapps
  • ms-settings:developers
  • ms-settings:deviceencryption
  • ms-settings:display
  • ms-settings:emailandaccounts
  • ms-settings:extras
  • ms-settings:findmydevice
  • ms-settings:lockscreen
  • ms-settings:maps
  • ms-settings:network-ethernet
  • ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
  • ms-settings:network-proxy
  • ms-settings:network-vpn
  • ms-settings:network-directaccess
  • ms-settings:network-wifi
  • ms-settings:notifications
  • ms-settings:optionalfeatures
  • ms-settings:powersleep
  • ms-settings:printers
  • ms-settings:privacy
  • ms-settings:personalization
  • ms-settings:recovery
  • ms-settings:regionlanguage
  • ms-settings:storagesense
  • ms-settings:tabletmode
  • ms-settings:taskbar
  • ms-settings:themes
  • ms-settings:troubleshoot
  • ms-settings:typing
  • ms-settings:usb
  • ms-settings:windowsdefender
  • ms-settings:windowsinsider
  • ms-settings:windowsupdate
  • ms-settings:yourinfo

Try them out by pressing Windows + R to get a Run dialog, then type in the full string, ms-settings:yourinfo as the command line.  That will take you to the page you specified.

From Michael Niehaus.

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