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Hide Control Panel Applets (Windows NT/2000/XP) Popular

This tweak allows you to show or hide specific applets found in the Windows Control Panel.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find the key below.

For each applet you want to hide create a new string value and call it the filename of the applet to be hidden (for example 'fax.cpl'). Set the value to equal 'No' to hide the applet or delete tha value to display it.

Common Control Panel Applets:

  • access.cpl - Accessibility Applet
  • appwiz.cpl - Add/Remove Programs Applet
  • console.cpl - Console Applet
  • timedate.cpl - Date and Time Applet
  • desk.cpl - Display Applet
  • fax.cpl - Fax Applet
  • hdwwiz.cpl - Hardware Wizard Applet
  • irprops.cpl - Infrared Port Applet
  • intl.cpl - International and Regional Applet
  • inetcpl.cpl - Internet Settings Applet
  • joy.cpl - Joystick Applet
  • liccpa.cpl - Licensing Applet
  • main.cpl - Mouse and Keyboard Applet
  • mlcfg32.cpl - Mail Applet
  • mmsys.cpl - Sound and Multimedia Applet
  • modem.cpl - Modem and Phone Applet
  • ncpa.cpl - Network and connectivity Applet
  • netcpl.cpl - Network and Dial-up Connectivity Applet
  • nwc.cpl - Netware Client Applet
  • odbccp32.cpl - ODBC Applet
  • devapps.cpl - PC Card Applet
  • ports.cpl - Ports Applet
  • powercfg.cpl - Power Management Applet
  • sticpl.cpl - Scanner and Camera Applet
  • srvmgr.cpl - Server Manager Applet
  • sapi.cpl - Speech Properties Applet
  • sysdm.cpl - System Applet
  • telephon.cpl - Telephony Applet
  • tweakui.cpl - TweakUI Applet
  • nusrmgr.cpl - User Manager Applet
  • wspcpl32.cpl - WSP Client Applet
  • quicktime.cpl - QuickTime Applet
  • S32LUCP1.cpl - Norton Live Update Applet
  • cpqmgmt.cpl - Compaq Insight Agents Applet
Exit the registry and either logout or restart Windows.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|fax.cplREG_SZ"No"|
|powercfg.cplREG_SZ"No"|
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|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load]
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Value Data: Yes or No

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Last modified: August 20, 2002